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20 Fall Essentials #6: Velvet

Hello! I have never been this busy in my entire life, and although it can be the best thing in the world at times, it’s also very exhausting and it’s clearly left me not posting for quite some time. Excuses aside though, I am trying my best to get back to updating, so stick around please! Today, I’m picking up right where I left off with another 30-Day Fall Essential item: Velvet. 

Velvet is one of the many classic fabrics that can instantly give off an elegant look and dress up even the simplest of outfits. It’s also quite the tricky fabric to wear, considering the quality of velvet pieces out there – you have to be very careful upon choosing your garment or accessory, as the wrong one can cheapen your look which is never a good thing! If you’re around my age, you probably remember velvet way back when our holiday dresses had velvet touches, or even worse, the entire dress was velvet with a giant bow sash around the waist – ew! Nowadays, thankfully, we see velvet in chic, sophisticated, and ‘grown-up’ styles – read on to discover the many stylish ways to include this trend in your fall wardrobe today.

Designers like Miu Miu, Betsey Johnson, and Erdem have come down with a serious velvet fever, and I can totally see why. I honestly never thought I would like the fabric as much as I do now, but it’s hard not to with all the velvet we recently got in at Betsey Johnson! From blazers and cardigans to sexy shoes and ladylike handbags, all the way to the ultimate velvet sheath dress that will take you from work to play, here are four simple tips and tricks for wearing velvet: 
  1. Sure, velvet is an expensive looking fabric and it can give off that evening look; however, try to wear it in an everyday attire to easily add a glam touch to your look – you know I love instant spice!
  2. Velvet works well with classic wardrobe staples that you probably already have! The best way to wear anything that you aren’t that familiar (or comfortable) with is to pair it with non-trendy items in your closet like tights, basic denim and your ‘go-to’ top.
  3. Black is a safe color for most people upon trying out a new trend. This time around, you want to wear velvet in bold, rich, jewel-toned hues. I’ve already seen a wide range of emerald greens, eggplant purples, royal blues, and rich burgundies – these make the greatest impact and will definitely have you standing out!
  4. To balance out the density of velvet, pair your chosen piece with more delicate fabrics like satin, silk, and lace – ultimate elegance with a side of seduction.
Fall in love with velvet even more and get inspired with these looks I’ve created below!
30-Day Fall Essential #6: Velvet

30-Day Fall Essential #6: Velvet by danah featuring wedge boots

30-Day Fall Essentials #6: Velvet

30-Day Fall Essentials #6: Velvet by danah featuring tote handbags

Hopefully these tips and looks gave you a better idea on how to wear velvet this fall! It doesn’t have to look old – as in, when you wore those holiday dresses at age 5 or the unflattering velvet dresses your lovely grannie wears – experiment until you discover what looks and feels best on you!
The rest of my day includes prepping for the All Access Fashion Show tomorrow (I can’t wait!!), doing homework since it seems to keep piling on, and hopefully relaxing and sleeping early for once!
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