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Trend Watch: Insects

Aug 26, 2013

by House of Earnest handmade and vintage goods

Some runway styles are hard to imagine in your own wardrobe — and even harder to actually wear. The insect trend has been seen everywhere from fashion to home decor, and though it may seem intimidating, there’s options out there to suit nearly every style.

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[From top left: Butterfly Magnets by Doug Walpus Art StudioBee Necklace by Manic TroutBee Painting by RozArtLucite Bangle by Kolos StudioBumble Bobby Pins by Vintage in ColorNotecards by diazbastinBee Earrings by Dana Castle]

Winged creatures are surprisingly feminine when done in gleaming gold or colorful hues. It’s easy to get over the creepy factor when they’re just so pretty, so if this trend is a hard one for you, this is a great place to start. Don some gilded bumble bee baubles and hit the town!


[From top left: Cicada Hair Comb by Dana CastleVintage Science Poster from Curious PrintsInsect Collectors Set by Terra Nova GalleryKnowing Insects Book from The White PepperInsects at Home Book from Kenton CollectiblesIllustrated Plates by Emilou MakesDictionary Pillow by ZyndiePOPBeetle Ring by stavriBumble Bee Journal by 2BeePress]

Masculine and studious, the vintage side of the insect trend channels antique entomology prints and science textbooks.


[From top left: Cicada Necklace by Horse Flesh; Silkscreened Tie by CyberoptixLacewing Insect Pattern of Rising LateBeetle Image (on tote) of AnamnesisBumblebee T-Shirt by Sasquatch DesignsTea Towel by Ecarlate BoutiqueBeetle Poster by Helen GotlibInsect T-Shirt by Friendly Oak]

These graphic items are modern and easy to integrate into your wardrobe or home. Add some bug art on your gallery wall or layer some jewelry into a bright outfit, and you’ve already mastered this trend.

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3 Featured Comments

  • staceydresser

    Stacey Dresser from ModernRomantics said 3 years ago Featured

    I've always has a thing for ladybugs, bees, dragonflies and butterflies. If you ever look at insects up close you will see that they have amazing colors. I've seen bugs that look just like leaves and they had the prettiest aqua blue specked eyes I've ever seen.

  • CeliavanDamme

    Celia from RueDeLouvain said 3 years ago Featured

    I love your selections. Interestingly insects were a popular decoration theme and a real 'naturalistic' trend in the 19th century as well, In my vintage tableware shop I have several porcelain items from that period decorated with butterflies and other little insects randomly flying all over the plates and dishes.

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 3 years ago Featured

    Huge fan of the bug motif myself! They can be a beautiful surprise adding a bit of interest to home decor or personal styling. I have a vintage belt that has a clasp with two gold bumble bees that latch together. I love what the insects do for an otherwise serious or boring outfit. Diggin the bug necktie, btw!


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