After a hiatus over the summer months, The Wearwithal is back in time to swathe itself in one of fall's strongest trends: velvet.
Velvet is undergoing a revival with a nod to the past from 17th century baroque grandeur to the 90's puffy sleeves and grunge baby doll dresses. Velvet, however, is a tricky beast. The very characteristics that make it perfect for fall - opulent, luxurious, sumptuous - also make it a styling challenge. Let's face it. Velvet has such gravitas. And unless you've got the presence and personality of Prince, or you are under 6 years of age, draping yourself in head-to-toe velvet, while not wrong, is difficult to successfully pull off.
Instead, consider wearing a single velvet item or a velvet accent piece. Luckily with designers using velvet in everything - tops, pants, jackets, dresses, boots, shoes, bags, jewelry - you won't have a hard time picking your favorite velvet pieces. Personally, I've fallen in love with the blue velvet jackets coming out from Ralph Lauren, as well as the fun, lux velvet booties from various designers including Rebecca Minkoff and Gianvito Rossi.
To jump into the velvet trend, I chose a slouchy jacket in a beautiful, deep bordeaux color. You've heard me say time and again that I like balance in my outfits, so I've chosen to cut through the velvet's heaviness with these fun distressed jeans. Oh these jeans! They are absolutely the most comfortable skinny jeans I own, and I continually get asked about them when I'm walking down the street. I'm definitely going to be getting a ton of mileage from these babies.
Before I finish this post, I want to take a moment to say thank you so so much for your continued support of The Wearwithal even after my break from blogging over the summer. While I had so much fun with the summer dresses and outfits (my favorite time of year), I found myself too busy living summer as a tourist in my own city as well as in Europe, rather than capturing it online. However, there are so many fun trends coming out this fall and winter that there are definitely more posts to come. And please, if you have any looks or ideas you would like me to feature, please send them my way. I love collaboration!