Tuesday, 12 February 2013

5 More Ways to Wear Velvet

Spring is (apparently) on its way, but I'm all for making the most of the last days of winter first... Velvet is great for adding a bit of glamour and/or colour into your cold-weather wardrobe, and any bargains you can pick up in the sales now will be an investment for years of snuggly happiness to come.

If you've read my first How to Wear Velvet post, or checked out recent posts like this one, you'll know I'm already an addict, but as Santa was kind enough to drop several new velvety beauties into my collection this year, I thought I'd show you how I've been styling them...

A Drop of Claret

Dress: Missguided; Jumper: Marks & Spencer (Past Season); Tights: Topshop; Shoes: Boohoo*; Hair Band: Boohoo

*Part of my #PartyPose People's Choice Winner's Haul

You can see this cut-out lovely in full in my Christmas Outfits post, but for a slightly more casual/edgy look (and in an attempt to prove to myself that I didn't need the matching skirt, which was out of stock in my size), I layered it under my trusty slouchy knit and teamed with tough girl accessories.

She Wore Blue Velvet

Dress: Missguided; Tights, Shoes and Jewellery: All Primark

I'll admit, being able to give this title to an outfit was a major motivator to own this piece, but I also fell hook, line and sinker for its rich-but-subtle elegance. The waist line comes up quite high on me, giving it more of a babydoll look, which I decided to embrace by going for a '60s feel (having recently learned that colour-blocking as we know it today originated in this era with colour-matched tights and shoes, fact fans).

She Wore More Blue Velvet

Leggings: Boohoo; Jumper: River Island (Past Season); Boots and Necklace: Primark; Headband: Dolly Bow Bow

A lovely surprise pressie from my BFF, I was really impressed by the quality and construction of these high-waisted velvet leggings (in fact I'm somewhat crushed that all the black ones have now gone, as I was planning to invest *sad face*). A sort of snugglier version of disco pants, they're super versatile, and great for adding colour and fun to a cosy winter look. Berry shades tone in effortlessly with midnight blue, whilst mustard "pops".

Top of the Crops

You might already have seen this top with my new disco pants in yesterday's post, and my sheer maxi in this post, but I've barely been out of it since it popped through the postbox, so here are two more looks for good measure (and I must admit I have at least one more lined up - this one is travelling into spring with me!). Its relative demureness (thanks to the neckline) means it goes with virtually anything...

Triple Velvet

Top: Missguided; Skirt and Belt: Primark; Boots*: Boohoo; Headband: River Island

Hmm, that title sounds like an ad for toilet tissue... never mind. Teaming my new number one staple with an old favourite - the velvet rara skirt (featured in my original How To Wear Velvet post). The velvet headband elevates it from "13-year-old-at-school-disco" territory.

Texture Clash

Top: As Above; Skirt: Topshop (Past Season); Belt: Boohoo; Boots: Peacocks (Past Season); Hat: Primark

The softness of velvet contrasts beautifully against the uncompromising lines and planes of (faux) leather - the "ladylike" peplum/pencil skirt silhouette juxtaposed against the androgyny of the bowler hat adds a further dimension to the look.

What to Add to Your Virtual Shopping Bag

Missguided still have many gorgeous velvet dresses in stock, some now priced even more bargainously than they were originally.

Motel have a fabulous selection of velvet goodies, including some lust-have high-waisted skinnies in black and midnight blue, and a beautiful bralet.

I never got round to picking up a velvet peplum top, which I'm rather devastated about... grab this Boohoo beauty while you can!

And don't forget eBay! Velvet skater skirt for under £5 anyone? I'm in love with this roll neck midi dress that Roxii from Studded Kisses has discovered too!

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  1. Nice outfits and you look great. Have a nice day.


  2. oh my i love the blue missguided dress & the topshop cross tights! loveeee


  3. Your leggings in the first photo are perfect. interesting post with a nice idea
    I am back and blogging by the way
    colourful-inspiration.blogspot.com ! xx

  4. love number 3!




  5. Those yellow tights are amazing! I don't think I've seen anyone wearing anything quite so bold!

    Love it!!


  6. Fantastic post! I just ordered the velvet skater skirt in black! lol soo cheap!

    Maria C

    1. Yay! Glad to help, thanks Maria :) I know, amazing, I might have to "invest" in a few more pieces myself haha!

  7. This is a great post because I am totally obsessed with velvet. My favourite is the lovely navy blue dress.

  8. wow..love that dress and those tights


  9. I'm so glad I found your blog!
    I love the lushness of velvet and try to wear it as much as I can, thanks for the new ideas.


    1. You're welcome, glad you like! :)

  10. Love! Love! Love!


  11. wow, I love this velvet outfits on you. it looks really great! please more pictures!