So I thought I would write this week about Velvet and just how to wear it. Its seems to be all about velvet and sequins this festive season which is not a bad thing considering they compliment each other exceedingly well. I have always found velvet a little too conservative to wear on its own so adding a splattering of sparkles can only help.
Did you know that stylists are practically banned from dressing models and celebrities in velvet on shoots? The reason why is this rich dark fabric absorbs all of the photographers lights making it a near impossibility to get it looking right on film. The subject just ends up looking like they are wearing a blob! So it’s important to bear this in mind posing in your festive snaps and get around this dilemma by opting for a bright sumptuous velvet. Aqua blue, orange and red are big hitters this Winter and really are are so much more flattering than darker colours – plus they are more on trend, so its a win win.
Sizing is also mega important. Velvet when worn, is not forgiving and has no give in it all, so make sure that you get the appropriate size. You may even need to go up a size which is just annoying but the good part is that at least you will feel comfortable and roomy with more room for that Christmas pudding!
Velvet isn’t madly flattering when worn from head to toe. By this, I mean a long dress, coat or a trouser suit made out of this fabric just doesn’t work unless your 6ft tall. For us smaller mortals its really key to mix and match velvet up. Go for a short mini dress in velvet worn with opaque tights, a mini skirt with a silk blouse, culottes matched with a sequinned top, a velvet blazer worn with leather leggings is also fine.
I love velvet accessories such as bags and shoes, and these you can wear time and time again. If I were you I would go for an accessory this season and keep the togs for another day! Can’t you tell, I just LOVE velvet…. NOT. Mind you, saying that I have an absolute longing to whaft about looking like a stones groupie wearing a long velvet kaftan. I might just adopt that look for Christmas day! The one I’m wearing above is from Dodo Bar Or. xx