The Velvet Underground – October’s Thrifty Six

October 18, 2021

Happy Monday! It’s time for October’s instalment of The Thrifty Six, and it was my turn to set the theme this month. I wanted it to be seasonal but I didn’t want to peak too soon with coats…so I chose “The Velvet Underground” as the prompt. Don’t be fooled by the title – it’s about the fabric, not the band! I just like a catchy heading. Some of my best pre-loved finds have been velvet jackets, including this deep red one. It only cost a few pounds and is in perfect condition. Velvet is one of my favourite fabrics for autumn and winter because it feels so luxurious and rather opulent.

Some of my velvet jackets are quite thick and structured, but this one is a thinner, more fluid fabric so it’s really comfortable. I’ve layered it over a pink leopard print top for a tonal colour palette. The pink bag with the red star detail picks up on the colours of the top. For the first time in ages I decided to wear my boot cut jeans. It feels like I’ve only worn skinny jeans for the last few years and I’m kind of bored with them. Gently flared jeans look great with velvet for a subtle 70s vibe. I’ve bookended the look with my red velvet ankle boots, which contrast against the blue denim. Red sunglasses and pink tassel earrings finish off the look!

The Velvet Underground - October's Thrifty Six, deep red velvet jacket, Gap bootcut jeans, Mango red velvet ankle boots, Nali pink camera bag, Saturday by Megan Ellaby pink leopard print top
The Velvet Underground - October's Thrifty Six, deep red velvet jacket, Gap bootcut jeans, Mango red velvet ankle boots, Nali pink camera bag, Saturday by Megan Ellaby pink leopard print top
The Velvet Underground - October's Thrifty Six, deep red velvet jacket, Gap bootcut jeans, Mango red velvet ankle boots, Nali pink camera bag, Saturday by Megan Ellaby pink leopard print top

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Nali pink camera bag, Saturday by Megan Ellaby pink leopard print top, Mango red velvet ankle boots
deep red velvet jacket, Gap bootcut jeans, Mango red velvet ankle boots, Nali pink camera bag, Saturday by Megan Ellaby pink leopard print top
deep red velvet jacket, Gap bootcut jeans, Mango red velvet ankle boots, Nali pink camera bag, Saturday by Megan Ellaby pink leopard print top
deep red velvet jacket, Gap bootcut jeans, Saturday by Megan Ellaby pink leopard print top
deep red velvet jacket, Gap bootcut jeans, Mango red velvet ankle boots, Nali pink camera bag, Saturday by Megan Ellaby pink leopard print top
deep red velvet jacket, Gap bootcut jeans, Mango red velvet ankle boots, Nali pink camera bag, Saturday by Megan Ellaby pink leopard print top

Next jacket (charity shop) | Gap jeans | Saturday by Megan Ellaby top | Mango ankle boots | Mali bag | Emilio Pucci sunglasses

Let’s see what my blogger friends chose for their “Velvet Underground” outfits…

Grace of Graceful Rags

“I knew right away when the velvet theme was announced that I wanted to style this gorgeous, fish-like dress. When I first saw it hanging at the end of a clothing rack in my favorite thrift store, I thought it was the funkiest looking piece – and not necessarily in a good way. But then I tried it on… and absolutely fell in love. It fits perfectly, is incredibly flattering, and has a mix of so many fun details – sequins, mesh, and velvet leopard print. Someone please give me an excuse to wear this out!!”

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

“I found this burgundy velvet blazer at a thrift shop about 15 years ago and I have worn it every fall and winter since I acquired it for just a few dollars. I cannot remember what I paid for it but it was less than $10 and I have definitely gotten my money’s worth on this piece! My dress is a recently thrifted acquisition that worked perfectly with my velvet blazer and tall velvet boots.”

Lucy of Lucy Bertoldi

“When it comes to garments and fashion, for me it’s primarily about texture, print and pattern. This fun quilted, velvet jacket has it all! I found this gem at an estate sale where the lady in question had 2 of these magnificent 80’s jackets. I only turned around a moment to let my friend know where I was that one of the jackets had already gone-before I could even glance at which one I’d prefer! Well, I guess this was the one meant to be. It’s a tad big on me, but I make it work! It has to work!”

Jane of Preloved-Vintage-Handmade

“Velvet, gateway to the fourth dimensionGaze into the depth of a velvet gown and feel its intensity…the dramatic absorption of light is total and absolute…it holds secrets – a gateway to the fourth dimension? Sumptuous, regal and luxurious, reserved for the twilight hour…its a mystical enigma desired and cherished throughout time…Can you tell I love it!!!!”

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style

“I really had to dig deep into my media library for something thrifted in velvet. I knew I had a dress but I wasn’t sure if I had ever photographed it because I actually didn’t like the dress at all. And I sold that dress years ago. So I could not find a photo. I scrolled through all my photos and finally….finally……there was this dress with velvet polka dots on it! That’s all I have in velvet. I don’t like velvet, it feels weird and, well I just don’t know, I don’t like it. Never have and never will. But I am glad I found a bit of velvet on this gorgeous wrap dress.”

That’s all for October, I hope you enjoyed our “Velvet Underground” looks. We’ll be back next month with another fun and thrifty theme!

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8 responses to “The Velvet Underground – October’s Thrifty Six”

  1. Anna says:

    What a fabulous outfit, Emma. Love the richness of colours and textures, Your boots are gorgeous, love the whole look a lot
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  2. Emma, what a beautiful velvet blazer and boots! I have quite a few preloved velvet blazers myself. I love your combination of red and pink with denim, too. It is so vibrant. And the flared jeans really are perfect for that 70s vibe!

    Shelbee

  3. Nancy says:

    Such a rich luxurious look that blazer gives . The colour is gorgeous.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Love that velvet blazer!!

    Jennifer
    Curated By Jennifer

  5. Love everyone’s take on the Velvet Underground! I could almost replicate this look except for the bag and pink leopard. I too found , I think all of my velvet blazers secondhand! I love this rich burgundy color. You look great! Its one of my favorte fabrics too!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  6. Suzy Turner says:

    Emma, you look gorgeous! I love everything about your velvet outfit!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

  7. Alexandra says:

    There is something special about the combination of the velvet blazer with jeans.

  8. Grace says:

    Such a pretty velvet jacket, Emma! I also love how the colors in your purse so perfectly match the colors in your top. What a fun theme!

    Miles of smiles,
    Grace

    gracefulrags.com

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