Let's start with debunking the myths around curvy women not being able to wear velvet. This is a lie, here's why. Anyone, no matter what shape or size has the right and freedom to wear whatever they like. If you feel comfortable wearing a slinky velvet number or perhaps you enjoy wearing a flower headband as part of your everyday repertoire, as long as your 100% comfortable --you should keep rocking it! Velvet is a fabric known for its sheen and luxurious soft feel, it's exciting that this fabric is making a comeback after doing time with the hippie and free-loving folks -- it makes me happy that I don't need to stroll into Tree of Life to snatch a little velvet, just like this one that I scored from Tobi.
Light vs Dark
The trick to make velvet look flattering on your figure is simple, just adopt the general rules of light vs dark. You know how people love wearing black for it's slimming magical powers? Same goes for velvet. Gravitate to darker shades like: navy blue, deep purple and even emerald green.
All about the heel
It looks classy and timeless when worn with stiletto pointed pumps, or even delicate open-toe lace-up heels, I've worn mine with some metallic points to play off the light and dark of the velvet. Avoid wearing wedges with this look, as it will dilute the overall glam factor and detract from the beautiful piece that you're showcasing.
Watch out for...
Stay away for the light taupe and nude colours if you're looking for a streamlined silhouette, light colours in bright light or in the sun can sometimes look unflattering due to the texture of velvet and how it bounces the light through the sheen of the fabric. If this is your first time wearing velvet, it's safer to work with darker colours first and once you're comfortable you can work your way towards the nude and pink palette.
Add an extra piece
If you're going out for a beautiful dinner, you don't need to worry too much about adding loads of accessories, this allows you to let the dress do all the talking. A delicate necklace or some classic earrings will do the trick! If the weather is going to be on the colder side of the thermometer, you can drape a beautiful faux fur shrug or silk scarf. Personally, I like to add a bit of edge to all my outfits and introduce some contrast with a studded or embroidered leather jacket for some extra colour and vibrancy. I don't do well in the cold, so I generally always call on a jacket or coat to get me through the night (or day). Be daring and wear this look in the daytime, it's a huge trend overseas to get as much "CPW" (Cost Per Wear) from investment pieces like this or even think about how you would wear this out to your next coffee with your girls? Dream big in velvet.
How would you style velvet? I'd love to see your looks.