I truly cannot believe that summer is already half over! Between work, interning and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life, the summer of 2012 has seriously flown by. I can’t say that I’m not excited for autumn; the boiling temps of July have made it difficult for even the smartest Fashionistas to stay cute and cool. One of my favorite fabrics, velvet, is generally reserved for colder days; however, this Fashionista managed to pull it off on a stroll through Loring Park.
I think I love velvet so much because it exudes a timeless luxury. If I could decorate my bedroom with velvet wallpaper, sheets, pillows and so on, I don’t think I would ever leave that room! When it comes to wearing velvet, I prefer black velvet. While colored velvet can be fun, I think it can get quite Christmas-y. This week’s Fashionista stuck to simple stripes of the pretty textile mixed with lightweight heathered gray stripes so she didn’t swelter in the late afternoon sun. For a full body, summertime appropriate velvet dress, check out American Apparel’s Velvet Tank Pencil Dress, in black or navy to keep in non-seasonal of course. Like this Fashionista chose to do, always keep your accessories simple when dealing with velvet. Black or nude flats are great for transitioning from work to afternoon happy hour. A classic Coach purse will last you for ages; I love the bright colors and the simplicity of the bags from Coach’s Legacy Collection.
As it gets closer to autumn, just throw a leather jacket or loose, cable knit sweater over your velvet dress with ankle boots or low rise Converse to achieve a snuggly, comfortable look that totally works for going to class. Learn from this Fashionista and work some black velvet into your wardrobe for a luxurious looking outfit in any season.