Musings on Velvet

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I don’t know how this is such a thing but velvet is suddenly THE fabric. It’s weird to me that a fabric can suddenly become The Thing but here we are with every part of my body having a velvet option. A part of me wants to yell at the velvet CAN WE ALL JUST CALM DOWN while the other part of me definitely wants those red velvet ankle boots and that navy velvet handbag and oooh is that a velvet bomber???

Velvet’s popularity seems to have come out of nowhere. I honestly didn’t see it coming. Usually, it makes its polite appearance during the Christmas holidays every year and then goes away not to be thought of again until the following Christmas season. But this year there it was in the spring summer collections. And again in the fall winter collection. And I had to ask some industry experts, “ya but is it going away after AW2016?” And they answered “No! It keeps on going into spring and summer!”

Back in September I needed a dress for my cousin’s wedding and my sister suggested velvet. My reaction was immediate and sincere, “ew. No. I wore velvet in grade 9 and it all feels a little too Hot Topic for me.” Looking back at that statement I worry that I’m not cool enough to even still warrant thinking I’m cool. Like velvet was already The fabric and I was rejecting the idea like I had some kind of authority. I am a late adopter of most things though. I was the last to give up on Blackberry (I took issue with the whole concept of touch screen), I couldn’t stand Lady Gaga until she had released her first album for the 3rd time. I finally got into pomegranates as a superfood when everyone else had already moved onto Acai berries. I’m a little late to the game you could say.

Discussing fashion topics for this blog with Donni Rae we got onto the topic of velvet. How to wear it, what to pair it with… and she asked, “How do we even feel about velvet?” I lied, “it’s greeeeaat.” But I’ve since come around. And here’s why: the answer to both those questions is so easy. You can wear velvet however you like: shirt, pants, jacket, shoes, belt. The world’s your velvet oyster. And you can pair it with whatever you like. It isn’t just for dressing up your outfit for Christmas and New Years any more. It can be as casual or formal as you feel like being yourself. You don’t have to be fancy to wear it.

And that’s a statement for fashion as a whole at this point in time. Wearing more luxurious pieces is no longer just for luxurious moments. Metallics, leather, lace and now velvet. These are all everyday materials, as casual as denim. Doc Martin style boots covered in soft silver velvet is definitely not going to make you fancy but it will surely elevate your style.

~ Lindsey Strang

Lindsey lives in Canada and stays home with her two girls. She has a degree in Communications that makes for good wall art in her den if nothing else. You can find her sense of humor on Instagram at daysofourshittylives.

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