The Joy of Velvet


(Erika/Mom) Most of us are feeling poor these days; or at least I am. Splurges are out, making do is in. Still, I don’t think it’s healthy to embrace austerity completely. There isn’t much that a little touch of velvet can’t fix.

I’ve always loved velvet. Its texture and rich colors remind me of Christmas, of dressy parties and European splendor. In the 50s and 60s, my grandmother made jeweled ornaments on a fabric base, like the one above. Usually she chose velvet. Today, my siblings and I have painstakingly divided the remaining fragile treasures between us and my favorites have always been the velvet ones. Fifty years later and those scraps of velvet still gleam.

Unfortunately, velvet has taken many hits over the decade especially when velour made its debut. Despite its widespread use in casual wear, upholstery, and children’s clothing, velour brings to mind cheesy producers in track suits and gold chains. At my part-time job during high school, I sold countless men’s velour shirts when Gap still had a “The” in front of it.

The only thing velvet and velour have in common is their first two letters. Velvet is the fabric of royalty, created hundreds of years ago from fine silk and jewel-color dyes. It’s a wonderful (and affordable) element to introduce, or re-introduce, back into your wardrobe.

(Lizzi Hayes/Daughter)This Fall, designers like BCBG and Marc Jacobs have added A LOT of velvet into their collections and therefore stores like H&M and Forever 21 have started to make affordable versions of their velvet masterpieces. Everyone is dying for a little bit of the luxurious fabric… in fact, I’m in the process of sewing a coral-colored velvet handbag.

bcbg fall 2009 velvet

marc jacobs fall 2009 velvet dress

Velvet dresses, leggings, purses, jackets, and so much more.

Try getting the look by wearing this bold-shouldered velvet dress from H&M:
hm-black-velvet-dress-fall-09

These velvet headbands from Forever 21:
velvet headband

A pair of tights and lace-up ankle boots and you’ll be the most stylish girl in town!

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