When thinking of a fabric fit for royalty that is soft and smooth and oh so luxurious, there can only be one answer. Velvet. Clothing made from velvet fabric is most commonly associated with regality and royalty. However designers have taken this lavish fabric and made it available in ready-to-wear clothing. From adorning the highest of monarchs to dressing the masses, velvet became a daily garment option becoming popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s. And if you’re thinking bright velvet dresses with puffy sleeves and permed hair, then your mind goes exactly where mine did!
If I’m being honest, the last time I saw velvety garb was in the fancy bridesmaids dresses at my parent’s wedding in the ’90s. But in recent seasons, velvet has been brought back into the style spotlight. At first I thought, how can velvet be trendy and chic? It only took one Fashionista to convince me that this fabric comeback may make sense after all.
First off, I know what you’re all thinking. Velvet and summer do not sound like a good mix. But guess what Fashionistas — this fabric is making its return no matter how hot the weather is. I spotted this week’s fab fashion femme on a late weekend afternoon strutting her stuff in downtown Tampa. After a moment of disbelief at her fabric choice for her pants, I realized that she was really rocking this velvet look!
Her dark red velvet skinnies, from a small boutique, are the perfect combination of soft (literally) and hard. They lay easy on her stems and stand out as the star of her ensemble without looking tacky. Pairing her fancy pants with the darker options of a loose Urban Outfitters tee and black Jeffrey Campbell Litas, this Fashionista makes her look feel strong and tough. She glams up her edgy ensemble with gold necklaces from Forever 21 and a vintage clutch purse throwing just enough in the mix without going over the top.
Daring enough to help bring velvet back? Take a similar pant style like these from Piperlime for a spin with a boyfriend blazer and pumps for a dressed up look. To wear velvet in a lighter way this summer, try something like this Urban Outfitters dress with sandals and boho chic accessories to keep it easy. Another way to wear this trend is with a simple crop top like this one from NASTY GAL. Pair it with a flirty skater skirt or edge it up with faux leather pants. For a more subtle velvet option, you could even go for a pair of loafers that are perfect to wear with any day or night outfit!
Next time you want to mix things up, reach for something a little more plush. Think outside the box and rock some velvet to your next concert or night out on the town. Wherever you show off your smoother side Fashionistas, bring this trend out from the underground and back into the lush limelight!