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!
SHOP THE LOOK
Next jacket (charity shop) | Gap jeans | Saturday by Megan Ellaby top | Mango ankle boots | Mali bag | Emilio Pucci sunglasses
“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!!”
“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.”
“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!”
“Velvet, gateway to the fourth dimension…Gaze 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!!!!”
“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.”
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