Tuesday, 4 July 2017

HOW I STYLED A CRUSHED VELVET CAMI

Hello friends,

If you are like me, a fan of Seinfeld, you will recall an episode where George Costanza shared with us his one particular sartorial preference:  "I would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable".
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
Well, luckily for George the time has finally come.  In 2017 draping oneself in this smooth "velvety" fabric, pun intended, is not only socially acceptable but it's practically mandatory.
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THIS GORGEOUS RICH FABRIC WORKS EXTREMELY WELL 
WITH DIFFERENT FABRICS
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And it is not restricted to evening gowns and smoking jackets.  It is everywhere and is being used for tops, boots, overcoats and even jumpsuits. For fashion lovers like myself who lives in the Southern Hemisphere, we couldn't wait until winter arrived at our doors (June - August) so we too could see through the "velvet fog".
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
Velvet is very versatile and whether you are after a glam look or hippie chic, there is something for everyone.  If you are not too sure whether this is your game, pick up something small similar to the cami I am wearing and if it feels right, go from there, however as a rule of thumb, stick to one velvet item an outfit.
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
There is no need to hunt for a garment made out of velvet, any shop from high end to street style is stocking them in abundance.  Gone are the days when velvet garments were the attributes of the rich and were the colours of jewels, i.e. predominantly black, dark green or burgundy.  These days the colours are light and bright which combined with velvet's adaptability makes it possible for everyone to have fun with it.
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
This gorgeous rich fabric works extremely well with different textures, depending on what look you are after:  leather, silk or rough denim are just a few choices that will work well together.
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
Dressing up for a casual Sunday lunch with friends, followed by a nice walk along Bondi Beach promenade, I chose to wear my velvet top with white denim jeans (seen here and here) from JBrand  that I rolled up just above my ankles, a black denim jacket from Topshop and a pair of white Converse sneakers for a relaxed sporty look.  I thought that by wearing a vintage silk scarf would offset rather nicely the casualness of the outfit.
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
Quite often, when I am wearing denim, I like the juxtaposition of rough and smooth (similar combo worn here) rich fabrics so I added a vintage silk scarf to enhance the luxe feel of my velvet top and to offset the casualness of the outfit.  It would also give me some warmth once we were near the ocean
Velvet top|white denim jeans|black denim jacket\vintage silk scarf
OUTFIT DETAILS:
Top - Sportsgirl
Jacket - Topshop
Jeans - JBrand
Sneakers - Converse
Glasses - Kenzo
Messenger Bag- Furla
Scarf - vintage Christian Dior