Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Trend Three: Velvet

On the Runway

Velvet has traditionally been a faithful standby for winter holidays, but the fabric will be big again this fall.  The plush textile definitely fits with the continuing theme of opulence.  Two fresh, favorite velvet looks:  Gucci’s bright green velvet gown with a deep-V and sexy leg slit, and L’Wren Scott’s deep red velvet dress with knotted bow at the hip.  Kenzo’s velvet suit and the crushed velvet wide-legged trousers at Richard Chai LOVE, both in oxblood red, each mixed two trends into one fresh look.  Call me crazy, but I’m loving the blue velvet knee-high boots by Jill Stuart (if only I had $800 to blow!)

Jill Stuart blue velvet boots – Photo by Erica Chan Coffman

– See more runway inspiration on the Destination Thrift Runway Inspiration Pinboard!

Look – vintage velvet!  The label on this Kenzo skirt suit matches the VFG’s label for late 1970s or early 1980s.  This shade of green is very popular right now and I think this could definitely be styled for 2012.

Vintage Kenzo skirt suit – Photo by thile99 on eBay

Ideas for Styling

This rich, luxurious fabric doesn’t need too much styling help – keep accessories simple and let the velvet be the star of the outfit.  Jewel tones are perennial classics, as well ever-popular black.  Velvet transitions beautifully into the colder months – it will definitely keep you feeling warm and fuzzy all winter long.

Tips for Thrifting

Velvet is a lovely fabric to thrift, because its thick pile doesn’t show any small holes and the color stays brilliant without looking worn.  There are a few things to look for, so do the velvet checklist before you buy:

  • Check for “bald” spots or other signs of wear and tear, especially in vintage velvet.
  • Be aware that velvet can be made from different types of fibers, and this may affect how you should clean or store it.  Polyester and cotton are common content types, but you may come across rayon or silk velvet as well.
  • Check for a label content tag.  Look for simple silhouettes without much embellishment – they will look the most modern.
  • Watch out for super clingy silhouettes, which happens with stretchy velvet – they may expose a bit more of your shape than you would like, but this can also be averted by wearing a body shaper under clingy silhouettes.

How I Interpreted the Trend

I’ve already picked up a couple of vintage or retro velvet dresses.  This SL Fashions black velvet dress even incorporates other trends like sheer panels and sparkle.  I might alter this dress with a higher hemline.

The label was cut out of this royal blue tube dress, but it fits pretty well.  I like that it shows off my curves.

I also picked up a velvet blazer at Salvation Army last fall, which dovetails the velvet trend nicely with another trend of the season. I’ll show pictures of the blazer in my article next week on Menswear-Inspired Suits.

Do you own any velvet pieces that you’ll be breaking out this fall?

Read about the other trends for Fall 2012:

  1. Oxblood
  2. Leather
  3. Velvet – reading now
  4. Florals
  5. Shiny & Sparkly
  6. Military-Inspired
  7. Menswear-Inspired
  8. Colorblocking & Pop of Color
  9. Prints
  10. Opulent / Baroque
  11. Hats
  12. Fur
4 Responses to “Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Trend Three: Velvet”
  1. danizilla says:

    I love velvet/velveteen blazers in the fall!

  2. Velvet is one of my FAVORITES! In fact, I was just thinking how I cannot wait for the cooler weather so that I can start wearing some of it. It is always something I am on the lookout for while thrift shopping. My last few thrited velvet skirts have come with some flaws, however, but I am much more discerning now and you gave some great tips, thanks!

    • natfee says:

      Yay for thrifted velvet skirts! (Feel free to link to any pics on your blog to show them off 🙂 Velvet is one of my favorites too, and it’s finally getting cool enough to start wearing some of it. Hooray, fall! 🙂

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