Everyday Velvet

Everyday Velvet sugared rush

My friend rolled her eyes and insisted I already owned something  just like it when I first tired on this amazing printed velvet top. I knew she was right, but sometimes you just gotta have what you love. Velvet is my addiction. The plush fabric makes me feel like a queen, regardless of type or situation.

In many aspects I’m a hoarder. Clothes I love will get hidden away in my closet for fear of wearing them out and damaging them. This velvet top fell into that section of my closet and has come out to play only a few times since I got it. In an effort to be better about using the clothes I already have, I forced myself to take out this amazing piece and style an outfit for work. I think this look would also work for a more traditional office environment with a classic black pencil skirt. If you’re interested in wearing velvet and other classy fabrics in everyday environments, check out my tips below.

Everyday Velvet sugared rush  OUTFIT TIP

How to wear classy fabrics everyday

  1. Just Do It! Why listen to naysayers, if you love it go for it. It’s the attitude that really sells an outfit, so don’t forget to feel smashing. I only had the grocery checkout guy at the end of my day comment on how very dressy I looked.
  2. Be conservative otherwise. Let the velvet or sequin or whatever piece speak for itself and keep the rest of your wardrobe toned down. For an everyday look, or in a more constrictive environment, avoid excessive jewelry, low cuts, and loud colors or prints when pairing it with a standout fabric.
  3. Stick to shades. If you’re worried about wearing a dressy fabric out just choose one color theme (probably the main one in your special fabric). I went with what i’ll call a “grey” theme. I have both ends of the shade spectrum in my black tights and white cardigan, and my grey-like shirt and skirt.
  4. Pay attention to the weather. Some special fabrics do not like to get wet, while others may show sweat super obviously. You’ll want to learn the limitations around your fabric and what your day will hold before deciding on a standout fabric. Being comfortable in your outfit is the most important part of getting a look to “work.”

 

How would you wear a velvet top to work? What’s for favorite standout fabric?

xxAmy

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Cardigan: Thrifted
Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: Ralph Lauren/DSW (On an awesome sale!)
Shoes: Target

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Trying Something New

Velvet, ankle pants, work, outfit, sweater, blue, old navy   This may be the first time I have every layered a collared shirt under anything. I’m sure there’s some eye rolling, like I am so behind the times, but I’d successfully (or accidentally) avoided this layering staple. My thoughts, it was pretty cool, I guess. Throughout the day I could rarely figure out if any of the the second shirt could actually be seen, so maybe a shorter sweater next time. And I struggled with shoulder movement because of the undershirt. It would probably have been quite hilarious to watch me struggle with taking out this outfit, while barely being able to raise my arms above my shoulder. Like getting undressed, all of today was a bit of a strugglebus. So why not try new things. Velvet, ankle pants, work, outfit, sweater, blue, Old Navy work, outfit, sweater, blueVelvet, old navy, ankle pants, work, outfit, sweater, blue

Other new things tired lately: Bouldering, Ballet Barre Workout class, Shopping at Old Navy.

I’m just gonna crawl into bed now. No amount of red lipstick is preventing me from just feeling blah about this whole day.

Hopefully a new day’s sunshine will reset my cranky heart. Velvet, ankle pants, work, outfit, sweater, blue, old navy

[Sweater: Kohls] [Collared Shirt: TJMaxx] [Pants: Old Navy(On Sale!)] [Necklace: F21]

xx Amy

Good News Everybody!

I’m back! I’ve finally managed the hectic around what I really want to be doing. For once, I actually feel pretty set and organized heading into the New Year. Except that I still find myself writing 2012 on things, so maybe I’m not as ready as I think. [Or the world really did stop back then and I have yet to realize it!]Velvet, Holiday, New Years, Heels,

My love for velvet is finally manifesting itself in my closet. I found this beauty at the Serendipity Boutique consignment store. It was one of those perfectly destined moments because as I was trying on a different velvet dress, the owner offered to let me in back to see all the rest of their velvet! I was in heaven. Luckily only two pieces fit perfectly, so I was able to narrow it down to this mermaid shape. Functionally, the little flare at the bottom is so helpful to make this full length skirt moveable. On a style note, I don’t know how else to say I just love it! This is my second mermaid maxi skirt [My First Mermaid Maxi Skirt], and as a short gal it is my favorite cut for long skirts. The flare prevents me from feeling like I am just swimming in skirt. Velvet, Holiday, New Years, Heels,While this is not what I will be wearing tonight for New Years Eve, it was my favorite holiday outfit this year. I wore it out to my office job’s holiday lunch, and have recreated it a couple times when I want to feel luxurious. Not sure how well you can tell, but the sweater is a beautiful silver with sparkle threads mixed throughout. I see no need to freeze to be holiday appropriate, so this was the perfect cold weather look. I managed to layer a pair of fleece tights, high socks, a tank and tshirt all underneath! Velvet, Holiday, New Years, Heels,

And this is what happens when you take outfit photos right in front of one of the house’s parking spots. I’m sure my roommate thought I was trying to not so secretly snap photos of him. But now you get a great shot of his car. HI CAR.Velvet, Holiday, New Years, Heels,Velvet, Holiday, New Years, Heels,

[Sweater: H&M] [Skirt: Thrifted] [Booties: DSW(similar)/Steve Madden] [Scarf: Francesca’s]

cat, sugared rush

My kitty, Hiccup, just had to come keep me company and I managed to snap a picture of him posing. Isn’t he too adorable?!

What’s your favorite holiday fabrics?

xx Amy