STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: The Velvet Underground

Velvet isn’t just for the witches anymore. Yes, it’s around this time that we all start frantically thinking about our Halloween costumes, but you don’t have to dress up like one of the evil witches in Hocus Pocus to rock velvet this October. The fall runways were stuffed with velvet pieces and detailing creating a modernized version of different styles. From the Renaissance-inspired looks at Gucci, to Balmain’s trademark rock star, to a classically elegant silhouette at Lanvin, velvet has proven to be as dynamic as any other fabric, so don’t be discouraged!

As we move further into fall, we trade in our light fabrics for heavy ones. Goodbye linen, hello velvet! While velvet is not an easy fabric to wear, it’s not reserved for only the most daring of Fashionistas. Embrace the luxurious fabric for an elegant look that can transition from casual daywear to a stylish evening ensemble. This Fashionista loves finding unique pieces at thrift stores and vintage shops. I spotted her crushed velvet skirt from a block away on Newbury Street and immediately wanted to wrap myself in it. I love her bold style! She daringly paired the maxi skirt with a sheer magenta long sleeve top and topped the look off with a vintage black leather jacket, a staple for any Fashionista’s fall wardrobe.

With the cold weather showing no sign of leaving, cozy up in some soft and luxurious pieces. Go ahead and experiment with velvet! Channel your inner hippie with these Free People Self Portrait Flare dark red velvet pants and pair them with a plain tunic, long pendant and floppy hat. The rich color and the textured print will make a statement when wearing them. If you’d rather go for a more classic look, try a dress with velvet detailing like this Minkpink ‘Formerly Known As’ Velvet Spot Dress or this Dagmar Velvet Dress with Low Draped Back. Both dresses can be worn at a family reunion or work party throughout the holidays.

And for a hint of mystery, experiment with velvet accessories. Try a scarf with velvet detailing or a dark velvet clutch for a night out on the town. You could even slip into velvet loafers this fall, like these Zara Basic Velvet Slippers. Whatever the case, velvet will keep you warm and in style this fall!

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