3 Ways to Style Velvet Jeans
Vampy, Vibrant, Versatile
It that velvet time of year! I love velvet during the holidays and I’ve been a fan of velvet jeans since the 80’s. My first pair was Lucky brand boot cut black velvet jeans. I wore them for years – they lasted a decade or so since they were only worn a couple of time each season.
Velvet used to be a dress-up kind of thing to wear. But no more. Pair a five pocket jeans style dressed up in velvet, and you get a very versatile piece to wear during the holidays – and beyond.
The 2020 holiday season will likely call for casual. But you can still feel festive for the occasion. Dressed up or dressed down, you really can’t go wrong with velvet jeans.
I’m wearing a pair of velvet jeans by my favorite AG Jeans brand that I purchased from a resale clothing site a couple of years ago. I actually don’t love the style as the waistband sits lower than I like. I also have a pair I bought a couple of years ago from Gap that fit really well but they are a little lighter weight than I feel is ideal. However, in researching for this post, I discovered my favorite AG Jeans style in black velvet (Farrah skinny) on sale at Nordstrom for 30% off, which is a pretty good price for this brand, and I couldn’t resist ordering a pair. The AG Farrahs are linked in the widget below if you are a fan of AG like me.
A Little Wild Print
Top your velvet jeans with an animal print for a fun look. I layered this leopard print blouse over a lace edged cami and let it peek out. The blouse is my favorite Banana Republic Classic Fit and it’s on sale right now! (Check out what I like about it in this recent post.) With a higher waist style of jeans, I’d probably tuck in the blouse. A little heel (very little) dresses up the look without sacrificing comfort. These suede kitten heel booties by Sam Edelman (no longer available) feel dressed up but still casual.
Cozy and Festive
Go classic with a bright and warm sweater to pair with your velvet jeans. I inherited this super soft cashmere from my husband about 30 years ago! A classic like this is always in style. These Born Chelsea boots are super comfortable. This is an outfit that will hold up to any simple holiday celebration and doesn’t feel overdressed for an intimate celebration at home.
This satin bomber jacket is one of my most fun toppers – casual style + going out fabric. I bought it a couple of years ago from Banana Republic. Check out their current version here. Layer a lightweight, fun, contrast color jacket over a neutral or print top to give your velvet jeans a little pizzaz. A fun shoe – I chose patent leather oxfords – completes a whimsical look.
Behind the Scenes
There are things that happen during photo shoots that aren’t visible in the 6-10 photos that make into a post. Some things are funny, some are frustrating, others are things I want to tell you about but don’t exactly fit the post theme. Here’s a peek at some behind the scenes happenings from this post:
- I take my own photos, and not having a photographer or an assistant or anyone who can tell me when my hair is out of place, undergarments are visible, long necklaces are looped around one of the girls, etc., can be a bit frustrating. I usually take 80-100 shots to get just a few that might look decent enough for me to be willing to share them on the blog. I put my camera on a tripod, set the auto timer, take a shot, run to the camera to view the shot I just took, which I can’t really see due to over 50 eyesight and a tiny view window, ensure that the framing is good or make an adjustment if it’s not, and repeat 80+ times.
- After I left the house to go to the photo shoot location, I realized that I hadn’t brought different necklaces for each look. I was kind of bummed about that since I was showing different ways to style velvet jeans and ideally would like to show each look with different jewelry. But genius! I’d worn my Stella & Dot Sutton 5 in 1 necklace and easily created three different looks from that one necklace. Same necklace in all three looks in this post. The Sutton isn’t available any longer, but the Stella & Dot Renegade is similar: one necklace can be worn 4 different ways!
- You can’t really see the black blouse under the satin bomber jacket, but it’s a sheer black fabric. If you have a shirt like this and you’re like me (freezing all winter unless it’s 75 degrees), you can wear a nude color long sleeve undershirt (I love these from Uniqlo), giving the appearance of skin under the sheer sleeves, and wear a black cami over/on top of the long sleeve nude undershirt so you don’t look like you actually are nude under the blouse!
- With all of the shoes in this post, I’m wearing my new favorite no-show socks by Bombas. Love them! I wear them with slip on sneakers, booties, pretty much every style shoe that you want to wear without your socks showing. They are great for keeping your toes warm in the winter and helping wear shoes sweat-free in summer. The ultra low no-show socks have been a lifesaver too. I just bought a pair of cushioned no-show and merino wool.
Velvet Jeans to Browse
There’s still time to plan a comfy outfit with velvet jeans as the starter. My favorite AG Farrah Skinny style is the first style below – and it’s on sale at Nordstrom for 30% off (click the link to see details).