Velvet for Any Ages: The Smart Version
Quote of the day: “You cannot live your life looking at yourself from someone else’s view.” Penelope Cruz
I’ve seen tons of velvet clothing items in these last couple of months. From booties to chokers and everything in between. In this post, the 3 of us are showing our velvet pieces for “work”.
Since velvet is such a rich looking material, I think it’s perfect for a smart or business look. Of course, this can all depend on the style of the item too, but here’s my interpretation of the 3 of us wearing the exact same pieces that we wore earlier! If you missed the previous posts, we wore them for dress up, here and a casual day, here.
And I had a reader join in for the fun on her own blog. Make sure to click over to visit Gail from Is This Mutton to see her interpretation of the theme!! And I had another women send me a photo of a velvet dress she loved as a child. Because of that, then I included one of me as a 4 year old below—-enjoy!!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: Now this I can positively say that this is a “failed” outfit that didn’t work! You may have noticed that the top photo in the collage is different from the first 3 below. I had this stubborn thought that I wanted to wear this LuLaRoe skirt for this post. And then to make it look business appropriate, I added in a neutral blazer.
Now who knows what I was thinking when I looked in the mirror, but when I checked the camera, I realized it was a great example of a bunch of hodgepodge of items that were not cohesive at all!
I really like each piece separately; however, there is nothing that ties them all together. In my closet, the turtleneck & scarf did look closer in color, but they still don’t go with the skirt at all! In the back of my head, I knew that I should change out the skirt, but my bullheadedness won out!
Luckily I was able to quickly change into jeans at home and have Rob snap a couple of photos of me in my jeans. Don’t you think it’s better with the jeans? It’s a great lesson to me, to stop being so stubborn about a particular piece!!
Jeans: Makers of True Originals (similar here)~~Skirt: LuLaRoe (similar here with white polka dots)~~Blazer: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Top: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Shoes: Mix No. 6 (similar here)~~Scarf: thrifted (similar here more red)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s last outfit with her velvet tank, I again wanted to show it off. This time I layered a button up blouse under it and had her wear these wool trousers.
We could have certainly styled a white blouse under it, but *spoiler alert* we’ll be doing a blog series on that blouse in a couple of weeks!! Besides this blouse tends to gape open if Nancy wears it buttoned, so what better reason to layer over it?
This necklace really is a beautiful piece which adds in some interest to the 2 solid colored shirts. If you like it, I linked to one below that is almost identical, and under $10! And the glass bracelet is a fabulous souvenir from one of her river cruises recently.
Did you notice Nancy’s painted nails? She had just the tips painted in a light blue color for something a little different! I was thinking about doing this to my nails too, but with all the typing I do, the ends are the first to wear off—ugh!!
Pants: Worthington (similar here)~~Blouse: Apt. 9 (similar here–this one is sure not to gap)~~Top: Alex Evenings (similar here in black or here in a red)~~Shoes: Dexflex (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here with colors)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Since I consider a blazer a very businessy item, I wanted to add in more pizzazz to it in this category. Thus I brought out mom’s metallic leopard jeans! In real life, they are actually quite dark and sometimes you don’t even notice the print on them. But in this light, you can see how fabulous they are!
Being that the jeans are dark and so is the jacket, I really wanted a shirt that had colors which popped a little more. We found a blue top in her closet and located a beautiful blue purse to match!
There were plenty of necklaces we could have chosen for this outfit, but we went with a fun, fuzzy scarf instead.
The blue shirt (which she always refers to as a shell—any older women out there will recognize that term, I bet) was made by mom, of course!! She fashioned it out of some remnants that she came across at the store years ago. This woman is nothing but resourceful, if you ask me!
Jeans: DG2 (similar here)~~Blazer: Mom made (similar here)~~Top: Mom made (similar here with a lace insert)~~Boots: Bandolinos (similar here in a suede)~~Scarf: (similar here with beads)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)
Here’s Carmen from Fashionable Over 50 showing a photo of herself in her red velvet dress. Isn’t it gorgeous/
And here’s my photo in my velvet dress from when I was 4!! Hilarious, huh? See…velvet never goes out of style!!
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Nancy’s photography by Kari Strand Photography
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