Velvet seems to be one of those fabrics that you either love or you don't. Or, if you are in-between, you probably lean closer to one side or another.
Of course, velvet can have its issues, especially when it gets rubbed against its grain or in some cases, when you wear the same pair of velvet pants over and over again. And, for some, it can be viewed as frumpy or outdated.
For all of its opportunities though, velvet is one of my favorite fabrics. I see it as something that has so much potential. As it can be a polarizing fabric, when you do wear it, you tend to have a unique outfit and it's unexpected! With this said, you can imagine my excitement when I was seeing velvet on the runway for spring/summer 2017. Yes, not even for fall but for spring and summer!?
For those of you in the love velvet camp with me, we don't have to wait until spring. In fact, velvet is popping up for fall too. From dresses to shoes to blazers to pants to bags and from Zadig & Voltaire to Jimmy Choo to Prada and more, velvet is all around.
Now, there are many ways to fold velvet into your wardrobe.
Start by playing with accessories - maybe a velvet handbag or velvet shoes. In this way, you are playing with velvet but by just dipping your toes in the water - no pun intended.
Velvet choker necklace
Next up, try a velvet tank or sleeveless mock neck that you can layer under a blazer or a cardigan. Again, this way you aren't fully committing, but you are giving it a whirl.
Then, if you want to take velvet one step further, go for velvet pants. What I love about this option is that you can pair it with a simple t-shirt or better yet, an Adea Layering Top, and you got an outfit that will take you from day to night.
Lastly, and I caution you with this option as if you can rock it - go for it. On the other hand, if you have any hesitation, then try one of the other options first. This option would be going for a velvet dress. If you venture down this road, be sure you accessorize the dress in a way that is reflective of you. Since you are going all out velvet, you need to be sure you balance out the fabric with the right accessories - from jewelry to shoes to the handbag you choose.
Of course, with any styling option, have fun! I know I'm ready to find some red velvet pants and pair them with a white Adea Modal Tee, a black cashmere sweater and some ankle boots.
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In the May 2020 issue of Smithsonian magazine I came across an intriguing article titled, “A Half-Century of Trips,” written by Ted Scheinman, (a writer and scholar based in Southern California). This features a subhead that reads, “Americans have steadily become more dedicated travelers, despite historic setbacks.”
This is the first thing I saw when perusing the 50th anniversary issue of the Smithsonian magazine for April 2020. This eye-opening 10-page article (with spectacular photos) is titled, “The Ship in the Ice” and concerns a topic we’ve all been hearing about for years, e.g., global warming.
The pandemic this year has affected all of us in many ways. Two things that stand out in my mind: people definitely need people (to paraphrase the song “People” sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl). The phone, email, computer, TV and all the other digital creations we use DO NOT take the place of human interaction. We all need to see and talk to each other. That said we have also learned that we can work at home very efficiently and handle our normal workload if necessary. Never commute again? I don’t think that will happen, but perhaps we’ll find a happy medium – time will tell.
We use Italian lingerie sizing for our bodywear and items tend to run small.
Because of the body-hugging nature of the fabric and our body conscious fit most women prefer to wear our layering tops as under-layers. If you are inclined to wear them on their own we suggest you size up. Please email us or give us a call if you have questions about your sizing. We're happy to help you get it right.
Relaxed fit. Wear alone or over any of our layering tees or camisoles.
Please email us or give us a call if you have questions about your sizing. We're happy to help you get it right.
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