Each year I choose pieces for my wardrobe that I hope will have timeless longevity. Last spring, when velvet pieces cascaded down the runways as an emerging trend for fall/winter 2016, I was thrilled. I had been wearing velvet pieces outside of the holiday seasons and special occasions and was looking for more reasons to stock my closet with this comfortable, plush textile.
I wear velvet a lot but it’s specifically beneficial when I’m feeling really lazy (we all know those mornings) but need to look particularly put together. Think of velvet as elevated activewear–pliable and easy to wash, yet adds a swank-factor.
Don’t let the ghosts of Juicy Couture tracksuits past (those were velour BTW, velvet and velveteen are differentiated by how the yarn is woven, explained in detail here), stop you from fully emerging in this trend and styling the pieces past one season.
Here’s four ways to vamp up your wardrobe with velvet:
- Surprising neutrals : If you want to don’t want to default to black but aren’t ready for a bolder color, try a gray, merlot or navy tone. They have the best chance of matching with most of what’s already in your closet and with the black you were trying evade.
- Pants: Wide leg velvet pants are the easiest way to incorporate and continuously wear it is through a wide leg velvet pant for the following combination options:
>>Work: with a satin long sleeve shirt and heels or with an untucked oversized sweater and boo
>>Daytime/errands: with a t-shirt and ankle booties
>>Going out: with a crop top and a short jacket
- Layer: There’s a lot of spaghetti strap situations going on with velvet which looks good but isn’t practical when winter is coming. Put a basic long sleeve crew neck or turtleneck underneath for extra warmth.
- Timeless factor: Know which types of items will work throughout each season. Timeless: blazers, midi/maxi dresses, pants, tops vs. fads: over-the-knee velvet boots and bomber jackets.