Switch It Up: Velvet

This fall 2016 trend was made for me.  I mean, let’s get real.  When velvet is not a trend, I will still be happily wearing it in every piece of clothing possible.  I love velvet.  I want everything in my house to be velvet.  It’s my favorite fabric!  So when I started seeing this luxurious fabric pop up everywhere in magazines and on the runway, I let out a resounding cheer and began buying even more of it.  Naturally.

Now not everyone feels this way about it, I understand.  While I love velvet pants and wear them like most people would wear jeans…like a basic…this is not something that everyone would do.  Why not explore some options on how to wear this (amazing) trend, in ways that are economical and approachable?  I have a few options for you in this department!  And none of them are pants, because y’all already know how I feel about them velvet bells. ;)

Committed Relationship

This look is basically a runway hack for the velvet trend.  While you could spend a lot on a velvet dress (which is perfectly acceptable), you could also go to the pajama section of the thrift store (my all time favorite section after the costume section) and keep your eyes out for a nightgown/robe like this one!  The velvet dress is not for the faint of heart, but it is very fall and winter appropriate and very chic.  Keep accessories simple, as this is a statement piece all on it’s own, and boots really make the look wearable.  This dress is a gorgeous option for fall if you’re looking for a very wearable piece!

Just a Tad

If you’re feeling like wearing velvet may be too much for you but you really like this trend and want to mix it in, try a pair of velvet booties!  This makes the trend a little more of an accessory and you can easily wear them with a tee and jeans like I did here.  This pair is very unassuming and not as loud as mine are!

With Some Velvet On Top

Adding a velvet blazer to your look is a great halfway point between completely committed and wearing it as an accessory…and it’s so rock and roll!  Throw one on over a graphic or a band tee with some jeans and you’re an instant cool girl.  You can also put one over a button down with a pencil skirt if you’d like to keep your look more structured and office appropriate!  Either way, it kind of adds that little je ne sais quoi to your look that takes it to the next level.  This blazer is on sale for an insane price and…I want it!!!

No matter how you wear it, it’s a fun trend to try and I hope you’re giving it a test run!
Katy

Easy Sunday Style…In Tara Grace the Label

Okay it’s Sunday.  I got church and errands and stuff to do…and that means dressing up but in a still functional outfit.  So Sunday Style is gonna be one of those catch-all posts that includes how to style things, easy ways to dress up, and just all around fun outfits that fit the bill for a Sunday outfit.  This kimono is the PERFECT first piece for this category.

While I love kimonos, this one really sets itself apart from my entire wardrobe.  I first found Tara Grace the Label on instagram and when I spotted this Stevie Kimono, I was instantly in love.  It comes in black too (which I’m thinking I might need to own as well) but this mustard color is so gorgeous and neutral and flattering…it won me over right away.  When it came in the mail it was accompanied by a handwritten note, which made me love this brand even more. I mean, I got a note from Tara Grace!  I feel like a celebrity!  The second I pulled this kimono dress out of the package, I could tell it was something special.  It’s got this amazing flowy fabric that hangs perfectly.  Unlike the usual boxy shape of a standard kimono, this one is built to fit the waist and flare out at the knee so it creates a super flattering shape.  It looks incredible as a wrap dress and it hangs beautifully as an open kimono.  I thought it would be really fun to style this three ways because of what a gorgeous piece this is.

 

 

Even though this piece is so stunning on it’s own, I thought it could be fun to add in some bright accent colors and some moccasin boots.  I put a Free People long tank top slip under the kimono and belted it with a vintage embroidered belt.  It’s so comfy and lightweight and makes me feel all dressed up.

 

 

This dress looks AMAZING with gold.  I love the neutral tone of the blonde leather cowboy boots and tons of bright gold accenting it.  The western influence of vintage leather belt and boots totally works with the lace and the style of the dress.

 

I have these mustard color Topshop pants that were just itching to be paired with this kimono.  I love how this piece works in a rock and roll kind of vibe as well as boho or cowboy…it does it all.  Turquoise and a graphic tee go beautifully with it!

I think there’s about a hundred other ways that I can (and will!) wear this kimono…which is why I probably need it in black too (dang it!).  It’s just too good. Plus I love buying from brands like this that are such incredible quality and so personal.  It’s totally clothing art…and pieces like this are worth investing in!

Hope your Sunday is more relaxing than mine.  As I’m typing this, my almost three year old is literally doing laps around the living room yelling “LOOK AT ME! I’M RUNNING AROUND!”  More coffee.  For me, not him.  Just to clarify.

Happy Sunday!
Katy