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.kat_got_the_cream_sarahloufrancis-79kat_got_the_cream_sarahloufrancis-71 kat_got_the_cream_sarahloufrancis-73That 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.


Velvet pleated skirt, £55, Topshop

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.picmonkey-collage-3-copy

Gold fit and flare dress, £39.50, M&S

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.


Velvet joggers, £17.99 and top, £12.99, Zara

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. picmonkey-collage-3-copy-4

Velvet dress, £29.99, Mango

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!kat_got_the_cream_sarahloufrancis-3kat_got_the_cream_sarahloufrancis-70kat_got_the_cream_sarahloufrancis-20

Outfit details:

Polo neck: Boden / Cami top (sold out, similar here) : New Look / Jeans: H&M / Cardigan: Mint Velvet* / Bag: Primark / Bracelet: Edblad / Boots: Matalan

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).




Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons //

You are really rocking blush pink. It’s a perfect shade on you. (And that pleated skirt?! LOVE it!) xx

Kirsty //

Kat you look stunning and I love the way you have layered everything up. You are making me really want that skirt!!!!

Lucy //

Love the layers. I know what you mean about freelancing – good to have items to wear through to January. Fab post X

Jules //

Kat you’re such a babe! You don’t look a day over 30! Love these beautiful photos of you, you look gorgeous! I cannot pull off velvet in any shape or form other than accessories – but love this look on you – and that pink sequin skirt – come to mama! xx

Kathryn //

Accessories all the way! I know what you mean about that sequin skirt, it’s haunting me slightly too but I’m trying to sensible (and boring) xx


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