A Velvet Crush

Something strange seems to be happening ๐Ÿ‘ง. ย After a satisfactory high street shop this week ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ‘ , I came away with some velvet leggings ๐Ÿ‘–, and a velvet headband ๐ŸŽ€- yes a hairband for your head covered in velvet ๐Ÿ‘ง๐ŸŽ€.

I am almost annoyed at the AW16 inspired high street for tempting me with items ๐Ÿ’—. ย I thought they long been banished by my 11 year self – when I arrived at secondary school it was soon apparent that velvet leggings ๐Ÿ‘– and hairbands ๐ŸŽ€were not in ๐Ÿ‘Ž, and they were quickly dismissed, in favour of flared jeans and Gap Hoodies ๐Ÿ‘.

But really I am secretly delighted ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

The high street is awash with all sorts of velvet and velour ๐ŸŽ€ in any colour you can imagine ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›, thanks to Valentino, Roksanda, Ellery, Haider Ackermann and Sonia Rykiel who all paraded it down the catwalk this season๐Ÿ’ƒ.

Everyone has gone quite overboard – Topshop have velvet underwear ๐Ÿ‘™(which does not seem practical or comfortable), there are many ‘bodysuits’ that greatly resemble tap dancing leotards ๐Ÿ‘ฏ, and the range of velvet colours is quite fabulous – I am peculiarly tempted by a powder pink crushed velvet dress.

I have to admit I am wholeheartedly embracing the arrival of velvet everything. ย I seem to have discovered my inner 80s Sloane ๐Ÿ‘ธ, out with the skinny jeans and ankle boots and in with velvet leggings, over-sized roll-necks, headbands, smoking slippers and pearls ๐ŸŽ€. ย Ok so obviously not dowdy dressing – my velvet leggings are covered in glitter, my headband has some fun diamante and my pearls are mismatched, I’m currently sporting one pale pink pearl stud and one silver. ย And it’s just so fun ๐Ÿ’Ž๐ŸŽ€.

And I urge you too indulge, it’s far more satisfying than the 90s choker, croptop, flatform trend of last year ๐Ÿ’˜, and perfect for a little winter wardrobe update.

Below are some fun velvet items for you to investigate, although I don’t recommend you wear them all at once ๐Ÿ˜‰ย ๐Ÿ’•.

And do have a look at my Wish List on my homepage (you need to click the menu bar at the top right) to see some velvet outfit inspiration.

Alice xxx

The every day trouser:

Boden – Velvet Trouser – ยฃ69.50

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There are many velvet trousers out there in all shapes and sizes – I am particularly taken with this navy pair from Boden (Jigsaw do some nice ones too)

The every day shoe:

Sophie Webster – Renee Mary Jane Ballerinas – ยฃ325

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They are sooo super cute. I have to admit not so good in the rain, but any other time I would very much like to wear them

The hairband:

Miss Selfridge – Velvet Embellished Headband – ยฃ12.50

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It’s really quite Clueless, with a bit of glitz. You know you want to just have a little try on…

The scrunchie:

Lulu in the Sky – Burgundy Velvet Scrunchie – ยฃ4

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Highly necessary, and an easy way to add some velvet to your everyday. Also check out Lulu’s other hair accessories, I think they are great.

The work to party dress ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ย and my Velvet favourite:

Whistles – Suzie Love Party Dress – ยฃ250

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I really do love this, it’s a proper little party dress

The work to party shoe:

Topshop – Velvet Jagga Shoes – ยฃ46

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A wonderful wonderful colour, a super little block heel for the party season

 

THE party dress:

Coast – Kimberley Black Velvet Dress – ยฃ129

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The little black dress but in velvet. Just beautiful

Party dancing shoes:

& Other Stories – Sequin Heel Sandalette – ยฃ69

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Just SO fabulous.

The weekend trouser:

River Island – Black Glitter Velvet Leggings – ยฃ22

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I’m sorry if I wear them to every event this Christmas, but they are super. Velvet and covered in glitter (I did shed quite a lot of glitter when I first wore them) but they do go in the washing machind so what’s not to like. I may have to get another pair.

The weekend shoe:ย 

French Sole – Hefner Black Velvet Smoking Slippers – ยฃ180

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I find it a bit weird that these shoes are called after Hugh Hefner – but I do like what you have done here French Sole – some nice gold bee and honey embroidery. A classic velvet accessory.

The weekend hair accessory:

Candy Bows – Luxurious Velvet Bow Hair Clip – ยฃ4.25

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They have all sorts of colours – this look makes me really happy, a nice big velvet bow. Very 80s, very Heather.

For dressing up:

Vjera Vilicnik – Rose Velvet Choker – ยฃ30

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I find this very fun. I’m not sure what I would wear it too – but I am certain it would come in use, it may need to go in the fancy dress box for now.

ย For smaller people (age and head size):

Trotters – Big Bow Velvet Alice Band – ยฃ15

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Trotters do very fun things indeed, I often wish they made them in adult size too