My Velvet Crush

December 12th, 2018

Who doesn’t love the luxury of velvet? The fabric, which first rose to popularity in the U.S. during the 1920s, was a staple of 1920s decadence thanks to stunning velvet evening gowns and shawls.

Since then, velvet has popped up again and again in fashion, including the glamorous 1970s and grunge-worthy ’90s, which had a love affair with crushed and burnout velvet.

Fast forward to today: Velvet has experienced a renaissance with many designers giving both classic and modern interpretations of the fabric. Luxe colors like dark green, black, navy and burgundy are a holiday — and beyond — staple for winter 2019.

Velvet is a fab mix-and-match fabric option, and plays well with leather, silk, lace and even denim. Here’s a look at some of my favorite velvet pieces RN:

  1. The Day-to-Night Blouse: The sheer A.L.C. velvet-dotted blouse I’m wearing in a rich green hue is perfect for holiday parties and Sunday brunch alike. Simply pair it with a skinny pant (like these from Vince) to accentuate the top’s feminine nature.
  2. The Layering dress: Flattering and oh-so comfortable, try this Cupcakes & Cashmere velvet slip dress under a teddy bear coat or layered with a turtleneck.
  3. The Evening Dress: Nothing like a LBVD to make for a memorable night out. Covet this one by Theory for a flattering and fabulous find.
  4. The Pant: Leave it to AG Denim to create a skinny velvet jean with the perfect punch of velvet. Check them out here.
  5. The Top: Want to add just a touch of velvet to your look? Try this Splendid tee in a pop of pink.

From dresses to pants, blouses, jackets and even accessories like handbags and boots, velvet is hitting a high note this season.

How will you wear it?

One hint: Only try head-to-toe velvet if you are choosing a velvet suit; and make sure to break that up with a pointy toe pump and a bit of skin or a feminine blouse so not to appear to too costumey. Velvet is freshest when paired with a mix of textures for a modern take on this vintage trend.

Did You Know? Velvet is characterized by its pile, or raised loops or tufts of yarn that cover its surface. This pile is very short and dense, helping to give it a soft shine that catches the light in a unique way. Velour is the knit version of velvet.

a.l.c. karen top, vince side-strap trouser, jenny bird talitha bracelet, jenny bird contrast metal hoop earrings and rag & bone field clutch: Twigs (Brookfield & Madison)

photography by Parker Davis

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Twigs. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. This outfit is the jam and no one needs to pay me to say that! xo

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