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Buy It: Lily Aldridge for Velvet

When I heard Victoria’s Secret supermodel Lily Aldridge designed a collection for Velvet, I admit, I rolled my eyes. While many models could feasibly design clothes, I’d hardly qualify Aldridge—who’s best known for parading around in underwear—as one of them. But then I saw the collection, and while it’s not reinventing the wheel, it is filled with some pretty great pieces at reasonable prices: All 13 items are under $200.

Like this army jacket. You may already have one in your closet, but if you don’t, this one is cool and vintage-inspired, and, at $148, a pretty good buy. Shoppers must agree–it’s already sold out most places, particularly in small sizes.

Also virtually sold out everywhere is the Stella top, a cool tee with a dark, sooty leopard-print. This is one of my favorite pieces in the collection in that it’s a little edgier and yet totally wearable for a range of styles. (You can also find it on Velvet’s website.)

I find it surprisingly hard to find a good striped T-shirt, but this Pearl top seems like a strong contender, especially with its cute little red heart at the hip.

I own a very similar sweater to the Saffron pullover, and not only is an airy knit a great transitional piece, but it’s perfect for cool summer nights, particularly if you’re at the beach.

I’ve been looking for a white crocheted dress for what seems like forever; the Lily dress seems just perfect, which is exactly what I’d expect, this being the one piece in the collection that Aldridge named after herself. I’ll admit, it’s pretty worthy. Agree?

From our friends at Cheryl Shops

Chic Velvet Booties to Round Out Your Winter Wardrobe

  • posted January 29th, 2013
  • Fashion

New year, new boots! Okay, so maybe that’s not everyone’s mantra, but I think they’re pretty wise words to live by in 2013! And although many of our resolutions (hit the gym more, drink more water, eat healthier foods) are more about gearing up for bikini weather later this year, I’m still all about the current season at-hand. And let’s face it – this winter is all about velvet – and I’ve already made myself a resolution to strut around town in a pair of velvet booties before the cold weather season hangs its at! From bold velvet Lita boots to more modest (yet still sassy) flat Chelsea booties, you can’t deny that velvet adds a sense of richness and texture to your favorite short boot styles!

Pictured above: Kimchi Blue Velvet Chelsea Boot, Miista Esmeralda Boot, Jeffrey Campbell Velvet ‘Lita’ Boot, and Topshop Accent Stud Cutout Boots.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Velvet Smoking Slippers: The Epitome of Comfy-Chic!

As much as I love dressing up in the highest heels I can find – even for no particular reason on your average Wednesday – my inner homebody is always super-excited when trends take a turn in the comfier direction for the upcoming season! Loafer-inspired flats and smoking slippers have been every in-the-know fashionista’s go-to flats for awhile now, but as the weather cools down, the footwear fad seems to keep getting cozier and even more literal. While I’m sure I won’t be able to break out my retro Ninja Turtle slippers in public any time soon, I still appreciate that velvet smoking slippers are all the rage this season, inspired by the luxe versions that British high society would don in the comfort of their own homes back in the day. Pair them with some skinny jeans, matchstick slacks, or tights and some fall-friendly leather shorts for a chic (and comfy!) fall ensemble!

Pictured above: Stubbs & Wootton for J. Crew Classic Velvet Slippers, Rachel Zoe Lily Velvet Smoking Slipper, Alexander McQueen Embroidered Tulip Velvet Slipper, River Island Navy Velvet Stud Slipper, and Charlotte Olympia Cat-Face Velvet Skimmer.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Could Velvet Leggings Be Your Go-To Jeans Substitute?

  • posted December 5th, 2011
  • Fashion

Yep, it’s that chilly time of year! Say goodbye to bare legs and too-thin sheer tights and embrace a warmer, cozier, and trendier option – velvet leggings! The texture, the sheen, the luxe wintry feel – velvet leggings are a great addition to your winter wardrobe since they’re completely opaque, so they can serve as pants with your favorite sweats and longer blouses for a stylish, festive alternative to jeans, but they’re thin enough that you can layer under dresses and mini skirts for a cold-weather translation of your favorite short-hemmed styles. Go classic with not-so-basic black, or play up your wardrobe with seasonal tones like plum, navy, or emerald. No matter how you rock them, make sure you rock them with confidence – there’s no room to be shy with these figure-hugging, attention-grabbing bottoms!

From left to right: American Apparel Velvet Legging, HUE Velvet Leggings, and J Brand Super-Stretch Velvet Leggings.

– Alex Gambardella


Look Sleek and Chic In a Velvet Blazer

  • posted December 1st, 2010
  • Fashion

Since their popular resurgence, blazers have taken on various forms — cropped, shrunken, boyfriend, power shoulders, wool, jersey — and been adorned with dozens of embellishments — sequins, studs, beading, chains, and what-have-you. You’d think the look would start to grow tired after awhile, but with each oncoming season, the blazer manages to get made over again and again to keep the trend fresh, timely, and chic. For the winter season, velvet is the modern blazer’s textile of choice, whether it’s adding gentle texture to a simple black tailored jacket, or giving off a velvety sheen, like soft crushed metal. Either way, I love the way the material gives the tried and true silhouette a cozier, more laid-back feel, just in time for the chillier weather, yet still looks polished and sleek when dressed up for the office or a night out. Show off your shape with a single-button blazer  like this fitted velvet blazer from Banana Republic, or add an element of surprise with this sheer lace-back version by Tibi. To embrace more festive wintry shades, try for an evergreen or icy blue like this Halogen ‘Liquid Velvet’ Jacket, which looks especially cozy when paired with a coordinating scarf, or mix in a little military flair like this Elizabeth and James ‘Lewis’ blazer!

- Alex Gambardella
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Sexy Little Black Shoes from Designer Kate Spade

Ohh La La!  We love these sexy, little black slingbacks from designer Kate Spade.  Feel like a million bucks when you slip into these little shoes.  You can wear these shoes most anywhere … the theatre, dancing, shopping … or dress up for you hubby.  It’s a classic style that you can treasure for years.

The description from Kate Spade’s website says … “dressed up with a dash of old-world charm, our Giada slingbacks are crafted in plush velvet with a spray of sparkling crystals …  a generous scalloped trim is finished with a bow at the toe”.

From Kate Spade, $350.

From our friends at Mommie 911

Fall Trend Alert! Look Sleek In Skinny Velvet Jeans

It’s no news that velvet has come back in a big way. But instead of playing it safe with the revisited trend by dabbling with vests or accessories, try going all out this fall with a pair of skinny velvet jeans. Initially, the idea of velvet pants may conjure up old memories of the tacky forest green 2-piece outfits your mom used to dress you up in come Christmas time, but I’d never steer you wrong, right? Velvet skinny jeans are a great way to incorporate the fabric into your fall wardrobe in a way that’s not dated and still looks young and fresh, yet sophisticated. They give a little night-time dressy feel to your average denim, yet are a little more laidback than slacks. Plus, the fact that they’re skinny keeps them sleek, chic, and on-trend. Transition gradually with a more subdued black pair, or if you’re ready for a more pointedly fall-festive color palette opt for a military green or aubergine!

From left to right: Meltin Pot Skinny Velvet Jeans, Siwy Jeans Hannah Skinny in Black Velvet, and Notify Skinny Velvet Cropped Jeans.

- Alex Gambardella

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