Velvet is for The Holidays – Velvet Jeans, Velvet Jackets
It’s that velvet time of year! I LOVE to wear velvet during the holidays and winter season. My love affair with velvet started in the 1980s, with a pair of Lucky brand boot cut, black velvet jeans. I was smitten. I wore them for years – they lasted a decade or so since they were only worn a couple of time each season. I treasured those velvet jeans, and velvet became a holiday must-have.
Velvet used to be a dress-up kind of thing to wear. But no more. Pair five pocket jeans dressed up in velvet, and you get a very versatile piece to wear during the holidays – and beyond.
I’m pretty casual, even during the holidays. 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 in Farrah skinny. I’ve found these at various times on sale at Nordstrom, the AG site, and even once I bought a pair of AG velvet jeans at a resale site (they weren’t my perfect style so I passed that pair on). I’ve 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. (The AG Farrahs are linked in the widget below if you are a fan of AG like me.) This is all to say that black velvet jeans aren’t hard to find.
You still have time to find a festive pair of velvet jeans (they don’t have to be black – there are some fun colors out in the shopping world) to wear for your holiday gatherings.
Velvet Jeans Dressy Casual
The look in the photo below is casual but elevated to a little dressier look by the black suede, kitten heel boots (they don’t seem to be available any longer by Sam Edelman, but there are other brands out there). The long, layered black necklace evokes a little elegance as well.
Velvet Jeans Trendy Casual
The look below is more casual with a trendy boot and silver link necklace. I’ve shown these lug sole boots several times in recent posts – they’re my latest obsession! They’re in the style of the trendy lug sole style but have two plusses: they are waterproof boots by Blondo AND they are SO comfortable. The boots come in 6 colors and are currently, as of this writing, on sale at Nordstrom for $100. (Necklace by Uno de 50, a Spanish company with a distinctive look. Check out their unique pieces here.)
Check Out Some Velvet Jeans Looks
A Velvet Jacket
I can’t talk about velvet without showing off my favorite velvet jacket. I guess velvet can now be worn during any season – all those old fashion “rules” are made to be broken. Though I do have fun pushing style boundaries, for me, velvet is for winter and the holidays.
This velvet jacket has been a holiday jewel in my closet for many years. I bought it at a boutique a long time ago (I can’t even remember when) at a price that I had no business paying. But I COULD NOT SAY NO. And I’ve never regretted it – not even for a second.
It’s a one-of-a-kind. Well, I don’t think it is really a one-of-a-kind, but it’s so beautiful and unique and versatile and creatively designed. And it’s whimsical – I am always attracted to whimsy. It’s wearable art! And I love wearing it. It has not been the most up-to-date style throughout the years I’ve had it as far as the silhouette and cut goes. But I think the casual look makes it work even when the trend may be leaning in a different direction.
The other fun thing about this jacket: it’s reversible! One side is super arsty with a patchwork design and sculpted shapes in the velvet. The other side is a more refined, classic diamond pattern. I think of the classic side as dressy and the artsy side as casual.