Dearest velvet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning summed up my infatuation with you in her timeless line: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Influenced by poets such as Browning and Emily Dickinson, Rodarte’s spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection brought a Victorian feel to the runway. Lace and velvet make each look feel old, but together work with each other to create something entirely new and unique. The collection takes inspiration from the ferocity and femininity of women to create an original vision.

I took inspiration from the velvet aspects of Rodarte’s collection. I have always liked velvet; it reminded me of childhood holidays and my third grade closet had plenty to spare. Velvet is coming back in a fierce way, and it’s not just for Christmas parties anymore. This velvet floral dress can be worn with heels to a fancier occasion and just as easily dressed down as I have done with a classic pair of boots. I am a huge Dr. Martens fan and my staple pair is essential in my fall wardrobe. They can provide a quick way to dress down an outfit and provide maximum functionality whilst stomping through the city.

I chose a velvet headband to tie everything together texturally (Blair Waldorf would be so proud). I also chose knee socks to provide a little extra warmth on those chillier days that are steadily becoming more and more frequent.

Rodarte embraced the past to create this collection and I completely approve. My Dr. Martens give that nostalgic vibe of the punk scene of an earlier time. Velvet reminds me of a simpler time when my mom was still mostly in control of my fashion choices. Headbands were my go-to hair accessory in middle school, and I still love them. Combining all of my past fashion choices allows me to present to you a snapshot of my present. Sometimes to be fashion forward, you have to look back.

Get My Look: 1. Velvet floral dress 2. Dr. Martens 3. Black knee-high socks 4. Black headband