3 Ways To Wear The Velvet Dress
Velvet is making a comeback and it’s EVERYWHERE! Everything from boots, hats, jackets, dresses, pants, suits, lingerie and even furniture are getting their hands on this soft luxe pile fabric. I think the last time I could remember velvet being cool was in the 90’s when Gwyneth Paltrow wore a red velvet paint suit to the MTV Music Awards back in 1996. She can wear the paint suit today and still look relevant.
To address the velvet trend, I want to style a dress from Nordstrom Signature X Caroline Issa, which is currently on sale! When you look at the dress itself, it looks like the only option is to wear it for a holiday party or a funeral. I’ve styled it three ways to show how you can maximize your opportunities with this piece from day to evening.
For work, I’m pretty lucky that I work in a creative field with flexible wardrobe choices. I layered the dress with an oversized burgundy sweater to create a “separates look”. Velvet material can be thick so you don’t want to layer a fitted sweater on top, as you can see all the “clumps” coming underneath the sweater. The shearling jacket is the perfect length to create different proportions and mostly kept me warm from this frigid winter. I’m loving my knee high boots with back lacing detail to give texture interest from the “back”. I finished off the outfit with a square scarf to lighten up the darkness of the outfit.
Sweater: Nordstrom Signature X Caroline Issa. Here‘s a similar one.
Shearling Jacket: Nordstrom Signature X Caroline Issa. Here’s a similar one.
Leather Knee High Boots: Sigerson Morrison. Here‘s something similar.
Square Scarf: I purchased mine from a sample sale. Here’s one similar.
The velvet dress alone is outstanding from fit to the make. It’s classic and simple! I didn’t have to do too much to it, except to layer it with a crop jacket for a pop of color and pattern. The colors that I’m currently obsessed with are all in the print. Its length makes my torso look longer. If you are shorter on top, try wearing a shorter jacket to lengthen your body. I wore black tights with the open toe sandals to give a winter evening look. The shoes are made of cow hide, suede and patent leather giving many options to go with pretty much everything! My evening bag is simple and modern, to help keep the focus to be on the outfit.
Floral Printed Bolero Jacket Tabitha: This jacket was purchased at Anthropologie, again many years ago (actually found it on Ebay). I’m excited I kept this piece and found a way to wear it again. Cute boleros are hard to come by! Here‘s another one I found that’ll work with the outfit.
Sandals: Gucci. They’re no longer available, but I found another pair that’s just as cute.
To make it casual appropriate, I wore the dress with skinny jeans. Yes it might sound or look weird, but it’s a cool thing to do these days. All the influencers are doing it! The dress hits right at the knees. Anything longer will not work, because you can look really sloppy. I also wore a fitted ribbed turtle neck under the dress for a layered look. The patent leather slip-on loafers work perfectly with the color palette and it’s my favorite pair of flats these days!
Turtle Ribbed Neck: Vince Camuto.
Skinny Jeans: J. Crew.
Square Scarf: The one I’m wearing is no longer available, but here’s a cute one that’s similar to mine.
Slip On Shoes: Marni. Here’s a similar pair.
Crossbody Bag: Kara. Here’s a similar one.
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