Ain’t No Sunshine

It was unreasonably cold today which was why I had to reason with myself to wear stockings. But I find this almost exciting, because the days are steadily becoming cooler and greyer which means that winter is near (!) and personally, I believe that there is no greater season. Yes, I am one of those ridiculous people who actually welcome the cold, because I find that layering up, inhaling the scent of fire wood and sipping scalding hot chocolate to escape the chill utterly thrills me.

Here I opted for my velvet blazer to shield me from the cool elements, although it didn’t do much in regards to the rain.

Blazer- Zara

Shirt- Sussan

Shorts- Just Add Sugar

Shoes- Inui

Bag- Vintage

Stockings- ?

Getcho’ Velvet On

The fabric on everyone’s fingertips is…velvet! Velvet originated from Baghdad thousands of years ago, when Egypt became the largest producer of the fabric. Originally, the prized texture symbolized wealth and power and was predominantly exclusive to royalty and elite persons. Thousands of years later, velvet has become an affordable fabric that is complete cuteness and class. Here is a collection of some of the more recent styles:

Alexa Chung

Alexa modelling for the Chopard Happy Mickey Collection

Angelina Jolie in Versace

Angelina stepped her way into the best dressed list for this year’s Academy Awards

Elizabeth Olsen

Svelte in a maroon velvet suit

Paul Smith Womenswear A/W ’12

How very hot it must be in there indeed.

Velvet Blazer- Zara, Top- Bardot, Skirt- Valleygirl, Shoes- Windsor Smith

Just some things that are on my wishlist…

Evil Twin Skater Dress $80
Lucy In The Sky skirt $39
asos Peg Pants $28.90
Sportsgirl Blazer $149.95
Velvet Pouch Bag (General Pants) 39.95
Alice in the Eve shorts $30

Every wardrobe requires a velvet piece this winter, whether it be a blazer, dress, skirt or onesie. However, velvet can be difficult to wear as it can appear heavy-looking, so try pairing it with lighter materials such as soft cotton, silk and lace to balance out the look. Incorporate tights or knee-high/over-the-knee socks when wearing shorts, dresses or skirts. Simplicity usually works best with velvet to maintain the elegance and class it provides!