The Joys of Velvet

Hello Indianapolis Fashionistas,

If you are like me, when you think of velvet, you may remember some family photograph or holiday concert you were in as a child. What did your mom want you to wear? Velvet of course. Velvet has always been popular around the holidays. Perhaps you have a velvet Christmas dress, a velvet jacket or even velvet pants.

I have had a beautiful hunter green velvet dress I used to wear amor the choir concert. I also had velvet pants that I would sometimes wear to the corporate Christmas party. I don’t give velvet much thought, and often I only wear it a couple of times in the winter.

Flash forward to today — velvet is everywhere, my friends. From shoes to jackets, dresses to purses, even hats and coats. It’s in some fun colors too, besides the conservative black velvet. And, unlike before, you can wear velvet any time of the year. Perhaps choose a lighter color velvet for fall or spring/summer outfits.

I especially like the nude pink velvet color — I recently saw one at Target in a Bomber jacket. It was so different.

I also love to wear my burgundy jacket–and not just at Christmas parties. I will wear it in the fall over my slip dress, in winter over black separates and maybe to a more casual Christmas party with a lacy or silk came and satin pants.

Of course, what’s more beautiful than a little black (or navy, hunter, red, burgundy) in velvet for the holidays and beyond.

Here are two options:



I even like velvet dresses that are more on the casual side. Last year, I bought a beautiful teal velvet dress in an empire waisted smocked-type dress that I wore to a winter barn wedding. I love the comfy, fabric, and it truly takes velvet to another place, beyond the holidays, beyond party wear.

A velvet jacket –for instance in black — can be worn with a silky cami and jeans to a winter party. It’s elegant.

I would advise you to mix velvets with caution — unless it’s a holiday party. I don’t like to mix velvets since they are nearly always the “star” of the outfit, the rest of the accessories or pieces are really supporting “band” members.

If wearing something velvet is a little over the top for you, consider a velvet choker, clutch or bag. I have seen some beautiful velvet shoes this season in some beautiful neutral and warn colors. Also a velvet purse can take a very basic outfit to the next level.

Check out these items from your Indianapolis Personal Stylist

Velvet Monili Crossbody Bag

The Arkyflat Flat

Qupid Velvet Ankle Booties

Keep it sassy, Indy, and enjoy embracing the lux velvet trend! And, what’s better yet, after the holidays and even winter is over, you can still wear your velvet in the spring.

Not sure what color velvet? If you have some cool tones, opt for black velvet, purple or even hunter green; if you have some warm tones, go for burgundy, nude pink or even navy blue.

Beth Divine, Indianapolis Personal Stylist