One of things that trips us up sometimes is when a traditional way of looking at a fabric gets turned on its head by a new fashion trend. This is the case with velvet this season. Traditionally, velvet has been a dressy fabric, reserved for special occasions, holiday parties, and lounge lizards…smile. (Don’t ask me why, but I just had an image of John Travolta singing “ah, ah, ah, ah…staying alive”).
Well this season, velvet has emerged as an every day fabric that can work for cozy weekend, work and date night. Those of you who still think of it as dressy only, may be struggling to figure out how in the world to wear this new trend. The answer is really very simple: pair it with a casual fabric like denim.
Let’s face it, while the head to toe velvet active wear jogger is trendy right now, most of us (uh, um) older ladies are not going to go for that. We can still do velvet, however, by toning it down and mixing it up. For example, pair a velvet kimono with beat up boyfriend jeans and shoe boots. Wear a velvet top with dark denim skinny jeans and boots. Pair a velvet tailored jacket with a classic button down blouse, black slacks and heels. Do you get the picture? You have to re-think your old way of seeing velvet.
The truth is, this luxurious fabric is fun to wear. What is not to like about velvet, unless you are like one of our employees who is wierded out by the fact that if you brush the velvet one way, it’s soft. But, if you brush it the other way….yikes. She is just skipping the trend all together. If you have texture issues, you might want to join her. For the rest of us, however, velvet is a wonderful fabric and should find a place in our wardrobes this season!