Velvet gives me flashbacks of when I was eight(ish) and was a flower girl at my aunt’s wedding. We wore puffy-sleeve, black and gold velvet dresses and my hair channeled Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell.
I cringe. And I have to admit that cringe feeling flooded my body when I saw velvet making a comeback for fall and winter. It’s a fabric I always grouped with tacky 80s fashion and prom dresses nightmares are made of.
Then I started seeing cute velvet booties and structured blazers with just a touch of the fabric and my little grinch heart started to grow appreciation for the fabric of the season.
Velvet has been completely modernized (it’s everywhere!) and in the trendiest holiday looks. Today I want to touch on some *rules* I like to stick to when choosing velvet accessories and wardrobe pieces. Not all are made equal so I want to provide a guide on how to style velvet and make it look modern for the holiday season.
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Say no to velvet on velvet
Pairing your velvet ensemble with velvet shoes is a bit overkill. I’m sure it can be done but for the most part, I’d pair the look with a sleek pair of pumps or booties in another fabric. If your shoes are velvet, you have a little more room to play with accessories like bags or earrings. But for the most part, velvet is such a statement fabric that it can live on its own.
Choose textured velvet
Not all velvets are created equal. I like to avoid velvets that don’t have some sort of texture to them. Crushed velvet helps the piece look more on trend and modern – I think it’s what brings the dress I’m wearing into this era and helps it look more expensive than it really is. It looks rich and super chic, plus it helps the outfit look elegant and holiday-party ready.
It’s all in the details
If you’re not ready to dive into the velvet trend with a large piece, incorporate it with accessories. In this post you can see how I added the trend to a casual look without going overboard and I also love pieces like this one and this one that add the fabric in subtle ways.
Are you on board with the velvet trend? Share with me how you style the fabric of the season and if you’ll be rocking it this holiday season?
Happy Monday loves!