Velvet for Any Ages: The Dressed Up Version
Quote of the day: “Beautiful? For whom? Why, for myself, of course.” Colette, Cheri
If you’ve been following the trends of this year, then you probably already know that velvet is one of the popular trends! Since this material tends to be thicker than others, it is usually reserved for the colder months. Well, in my neck of the woods, this time of year is when we get the most snowfall, so bring on the layers!! (Either that or you could always look at it that I’m very late to the party—ha ha)
The variety of items the 3 of us are showing includes a scarf, a sleeveless shirt and then a blazer. I started out this series by styling our velvet in a dressy version. I know for myself, the material seems fancier and therefore so perfect for these types of occasions.
Do you have any velvet that you need to bring out and wear?
We also have another reader joining us for this post. It’s Gail from Is This Mutton? She’s going to style the same item of velvet for our 3 categories on her site. Take a gander at the bottom of this post to see one of her outfits!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: My go to item for a fancy occasion is a dress or skirt! I just recently bought this dress from Kaitlyn’s boutique in Cherry Creek. It has a low neckline in the front, so I thought my velvet scarf would work wonders in keeping me warm.
You can see it was windy this day, and because of the chill, I did layer on a coat. This suede, long coat is a hand me down from my mom that I’ve gotten quite a bit of use out of in the past 7 years! I remember when Sherry, from Petite Over 40, wore her red, leather coat, here. Her coat reminded me of this one, so I thought I’d show mine on the blog.
Since I wanted the scarf to really cover the low neckline of the dress, I wrapped it around and then pinned it with a brooch to keep it in place. This brooch is one of my grandma’s (at least that’s how I remember it) and since it is pearls & silver, that’s the theme I stayed with when I accessorized with my earrings & bracelets!
My leggings seemed like the perfect covering for the bottom half and my trusty black ankle boots finished off this outfit which I wore to church that evening!
Dress: BCBGeneration (similar here with a hi-lo hem)~~Coat: Beged-Or (similar here not quite as long or here)~~Leggings: c/o StyleWe (similar here)~~Boots: ShoeMint (similar here)~~Scarf: thrifted (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: Mauzies (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: The funny thing for this outfit of Nancy’s is I had put it all together with the skirt, shirt and cardigan as her casual outfit. But then when we decided to use her new pair of shoes, it seemed more dressy to me!
This skirt is Nancy’s leather skirt that we’ve used many times on the blog before. I was using our cozy sweater and leather skirt post, here, as this inspiration. And aren’t these floral pumps just darling? Nancy has a pair of floral flats that she wears a ton (here they are), so why not a pair of floral heels?
Nancy’s velvet item is her tank top that we layered under her cardigan. It’s a really rich, burgundy–almost plum color which made us choose the purple pendant necklace as her adornment.
We were photobombed by Kari who was able to join us and commandeer the picture taking! If you live in Denver, and are looking for a photographer, Kari’s website is linked below!! She definitely makes it fun!
Skirt: My mom made it (similar here)~~Cardigan: Hampshire (similar here with a bow at the top)~~Top: Alex Evenings (similar here in black or here in a red)~~Shoes: Nine West (here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: My mom has quite a few velvet items in her closet. This black blazer is one of her hand sewn creations that she’s had for years. In fact, she gave it to me years ago, and now I’ve returned it back to her!
I wanted to include styling using pants in one of the outfits in this post. I know many women as they’ve gotten older, have moved away from wearing dresses and skirts. These plaid pants that mom’s wearing are a nice weight wool that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
The pink shirt under the blazer is another creation of my mother’s sewing skills!! Since the shirt was pink, I thought this lighter print purse would be fun! Looking at the photos now, I do think it’s an overload of color & print. I wish I had chosen a solid colored pink purse (I’m sure my mom has at least one like that!!).
And again, I piled on the brooches for her required bling! I picked these 3 pins to try to mimic the colors in her earrings!!
Pants: Rafaella (similar here)~~Blazer: Mom made (similar here)~~Top: Mom made (similar here)~~Shoes: 9 West (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here, here & here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here as a clutch and here with handles)
Gail: (Is This Mutton?): Is This Mutton? Is by UK based 50+ blogger Gail Hanlon who attempts occasionally to get out of her comfort zone by wearing outfits that set off her “is this mutton?” alarm. She also writes about beauty for the over-50s.
Here is Gail’s dressy outfit featuring a velvet jacket. In her words: “the jacket was thrifted, originally from Marks and Spencer and it must be quite old because it has the old “St Michael” branding which they stopped using in 2000.”
You’ll see on her blog, that she’ll be showing this same jacket in a casual way and a smart way also, just like we’ll be doing the rest of this week! In the casual outfit, Gail even “borrowed” her husbands shirt!!
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Nancy’s photography by Kari Strand Photography
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Instead of showing you more velvet items since we are dreaming of spring! I thought I’d show you some fun purses: