Velvet has had a bit of a resurgence and just in time for Christmas. While I do love a bit of shine and sparkle at this time of year, I just don’t find sequins that wearable. So, for me, velvet is the perfect way to add a bit of easy glam to an outfit. That sounds really bah humbug doesn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, I’m as much of a magpie as the next woman and I’m always drawn to the sparkly tops and skirts (especially this pink sequinned skirt that has being doing the rounds) but then I just think, when will I really wear this? Maybe it’s the curse of the freelancer – we just don’t get that many Christmas parties to attend and when I do I’d rather keep the embellishment to my accessories. Give me a jewelled flat, a sequin encrusted clutch or a pair of chandelier earrings and I’m in. The rest of the time, I need my glitz and glam to work easily with the rest of my wardrobe. Which is where velvet comes in; warm, comfy yet luxurious and opulent and you’ll still be able to get away with wearing them come January. Here are a few of my favourite velvety pieces available now.
I’ve already waxed lyrical about the joys of pleated skirts in winter (have a read of this post) and a velvet midi skirt is the ultimate winter version. I love it dressed down with a sweater (okay maybe not that sequin one but I can see the appeal) and a pair of trainers but this skirt wouldn’t take much dressing up for a party.
How bling is this dress – and not a sequin in sight! I think that’s proof that velvet doesn’t need to be dull. The crushed velvet nature of this fabric creates a look of burnished gold and has a feel of modern day Marilyn about it that’s perfect for a party. I think you could (just about) get away with wearing a long sleeved tee underneath for daytime.
This might look like a jumpsuit but is actually two separate pieces (that obviously work really well together too). I love the idea of velvet joggers. They’d be so lovely and soft for lounging around in at weekends but stick on a heel and they’d work for evening too. Plus ‘drawstring waist’ and ‘Christmas’ are words that should definitely go together.
And finally, I had to include this one just because I love the styling – ultimate hi-lo dressing eh? But how about a white shirt underneath and some black brogues maybe? Or alternatively lots of silver and black accessories for evening (minus the hoodie).
As for my little velvety cami top, it’s just the perfect addition of velvet for me and I love wearing it over a fine gauge knit like this polo neck jumper. I also wore it like this for a relaxed dinner party and it felt just special enough without being too fussy. I just don’t seem to do dressed up anymore – again, I blame the curse of the freelancer!
P.S. I’m talking a bit more about this look over on the Mint Velvet blog if you’d like a read.
P.P.S. These photos were taken by the talented photographer Sarah-Lou Francis of Lapin Blu who I highly recommend if you need any photos taking (brand/blog/personal/product).