I cannot think of a more sumptuous cold weather fabric than velvet. It can however, be somewhat of a challenge to wear. Velvet clothing certainly has a tendency to exude a dated look, but this year designers are doing it well and proper with jackets, tailored dresses and pants, and elegant accessories. This season, velvet has never been so chic!
We might as well start out with this gorgeous plum top and skirt from Rachel Pally. I love that most velvet pieces I am seeing are jewel tones and rich colours.
Headbands are starting to become popular again. I am not sure what you would wear this with, but it is certainly unique.
Imagine wearing this to a formal Christmas party. This is one of the most gorgeous dresses I have ever seen. I love understated elegance!
Black velvet shoes are usually the standard, but this year there are so many different shades from neutrals to jewel tones, to metallic shades.
This is such a gorgeous myriad of colours!
Classic black velvet flats.
I actually thought this was two separate pieces at first, but it is a lovely tailored dress. Just enough ruffle detail.
Very good quality velvet most of the time requires dry cleaning, but Eileen Fisher has come up with this washable velvet fabrics; which makes it so much easier to wear the pieces throughout the season.
Velvet leggings are everywhere! I am loving these by Eileen Fisher the most, however. Her pieces last forever.
Always add Tom Ford into the mix! These booties are gorgeous and simple.
It takes a certain type of man to pull off a velvet jacket. I say Tom Ford and Sherlock Holmes are some of the very few men who can, but why not be bold?
This is so feminine, simple, and elegant!
This sheer piece can easily be worn during all seasons in my opinion, it is just too beautiful to only wear during Winter.
Keeping up with the slouchy jackets of this past season, this velvet jacket is a versatile piece.
If you are a bomber jacket kind of gal, this is one of the better tailored ones I have seen.
Three of this years trends come together, zippered detailing, velvet, backpack!
This would be an evening bag that you could use year round. I love Charlotte Olympia!
I love cozy robes! This is going on my Christmas list! So sumptuous.
If you are going to get a velvet robe, you might as well get slippers too!
These pumps would look lovely with any of this seasons black velvet dresses. Carrie Bradshaw approved!
If reading all of this has not convinces you to love velvet, I do not know what will! Have you picked up any velvet additions to your wardrobe?
The colour-blocking trend is one that can seem overwhelming if you do not know where to start. Mixing bold and vibrant colours to make up an entire outfit is certainly not for everyone. The easiest way to get a chic look without feeling like you are overdoing it is by colour-blocking bold accessories against a plain black dress.
One of my favourite colour-blocking combos is cobalt blue and bright pink. Jewel tones are a more subdued way to go if you do not like uber bright colours.
What do you think of colour-blocking?
If ever whimsy was an art form, which it is, Charlotte Olympia would have it down to a “T”. Her shoes and accessories are just so delightfully fanciful. I have kept my eye on this London based designer since shortly after her brand launched in 2008. I always look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!
First let’s talk about her shoes. Imagine what the offspring of a Picasso painting and a pair of Jimmy Choo’s would look like. That is how I would describe most of her shoes designs. There are others with a more subtle makeup, but the vivid ones are what she is known for. Just enjoy the eye candy!
These belong at the most elegant of garden parties!
Reminiscent of Dipping Dots, these call for a red silk dress!
If I could get married all over again, these would be my wedding shoes!
These are vixenous! Yes, I made up that word. I just love that little flash of red you get on the bottom of the sole.
Never has there ever been a shoe that was more meant to wear on Valentine’s day………until these. They are my favourite so far from her newest collection.
With a blue Turquoise statement necklace….that’s all I have to say.
Now for the bags! She does some amazing clutch designs. They are all pretty much of a solid construction, mostly acrylic.
With the garden party shoes, I know!
This is her popular Pandora style. It gets new prints so often. This design represents the epitome of colour blocking!
I would wear all black and just let that pompom on top be my “flash of bold colour”.
Who doesn’t want a clutch with a kitty cat face on it?
What do you think of the latest from Charlotte Olympia?