There are some trends that come around every Winter, velvet being one of them. It’s easy to see why this luxurious fabric is so popular: it’s soft to the touch, comfortable and easy to dress up. And yet, it took me a while to warm to velvet. It’s not always the most flattering fabric – body con dresses in thin, cheap versions should be avoided.
A couple of Winters ago I had my heart set on a black velvet jacket, but despite my best efforts I couldn’t find one that I liked. Most of the high street offerings were baggy and unflattering. I didn’t have a massive budget so I decided to bide my time. I’m so glad I waited because I found this jacket in a charity shop for just a few pounds! And then not long afterwards I picked up one in burgundy for a bargain price too 🙂
A velvet jacket adds a touch of luxe to any oufit and works particuarly well with lace, frills and ruffles. (I wore this jacket over a red lace dress for a wedding in March.) In the run up to Christmas those after work parties can mean dashing from office to bar…yep, that’ll be me next Friday! Although I still haven’t decided on my outfit, this jacket is a strong contender. I will probably wear a dress or jumpsuit, but for more informal after works drinks these culottes would be perfect. I’ve got to be honest, I had reservations about ordering these velvet culottes but as soon as I put them on I knew they were keepers. They’re as comfortable as pyjamas…and they have pockets 🙂
I love co-ords because you wear them as a set or break them up. Well I’ve taken the reverse approach with this outfit. Worn together, the black velvet jacket and culottes look like a suit, making it an office appropriate look. There’s a slight difference in the fabric making the culottes appear a little lighter and shinier. This showed up more on the photos as we had to use the flash, even though it was only 2.30pm…I really miss the sun! It also started to rain just as we stepped outside – you can see rain drops on my jacket in some of the photos.
As it was such a dull day I wanted to add some colour to the outfit, and what better shade than bright red? I’ve worn this red frill bouse more than I thought I would. You may remember it from the Style Not Age October challenge when I teamed it with coated skinny jeans and trainers.
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I’ve switched the tote bag for a clutch, which is all you really need for a quick day to night change. Of course, you could also substitute the blouse for a camisole if you feel too trussed up, but I’m loving high neck tops right now. I’m looking forward to trying this velvet duo with a black lace Victorian-style top. The clutch is actually the multiway bag from Zara, which can also be worn as a belt bag or shoulder bag. I love this three-for-the-price-of-one approach so much I bought it in black too!
The red and black combination gave me the perfect opportunity to wear my new earrings that I bought at the-Bias-Cut pop up in London a couple of weeks ago. I’ve got so many pairs of tassel earrings but these are by far by favourites. They’re so light and comfortable that I forget I’m wearing them. If only all earrings were like that!
Next velvet jacket (from charity shop, similar) | RJR.John Rocha velvet culottes from Debenhams (similar) | & Other Stories blouse (similar) | Mila Blu tote bag (similar) | red shoes (similar) | Dark Horse earrings (from the-Bias-Cut) | Zara multiway bag (worn as a clutch)
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