Velvet brings back so many memories for me. Perhaps it’s because I always associate “velvet” with special times . I’m not sure my sister and I ever wore velvet as young girls. It was considered luxurious and always expensive – not something we could afford. I do remember making my girls velvet dresses or jumpers for Christmas. It was the ideal fabric to wear in the cold winter months in Michigan.
What is velvet?
Velvet is a type of woven fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed with a short dense pile giving it a distinctive feel. Most people believe that velvet originated somewhere in the Far East and was brought to Italy where they had the largest production of velvet from the 12th – 18th century (source: innovateus.com).
Velvet usually contains cotton or linen and silk pile. Variations of velvet are velveteen (an imitation) and velour (has stretchy properties of spandex). I remember back in the 60s wearing velour bell-bottoms. I’m sure my girls remember me wearing velour bathrobes – they didn’t like the look of some reason!
Velvet is a huge trend for fall
Velvet is being featured everywhere this fall. You can find velvet jackets, slip dresses, skirts, culottes, just about anything you want. However, the biggest trend might be velvet shoes. Every shoe designer is featuring some style in velvet. Here is a sampling.
One of the biggest trends in jewelry this fall is the velvet choker. Maybe some of you remember wearing chokers back in the day. I remember taking a piece of velvet and making my own. Here are a few styles I’ve picked out.
If you want to fully embrace the trend why not try a dress, jacket, or skirt in velvet.
And, finally, if money were no object, may I present another black jumpsuit (see my cold-shoulder pick here). This one is from DVF (link here). Too bad this isn’t in red velvet. Wouldn’t that make a statement!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks. Will you be trying something velvet this fall?