Styling velvet slips and how collective psyche works on trends
I have always had a thing for velvet. Though I never imagined myself wearing it as a teen, it has always been a cloth of wonder. I think I have subconsciously associated velvet with plush upholstery that you find in the houses of rich suburban housewives who I imagine spend all their time decorating and redecorating their homes with one new trend or the other. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it can even be liberating in many ways if you have the luxury of time, but I have never imagined myself to be one of them. Similarly, I never imagined, in my wildest dreams, for velvet to transcend from a piece of furniture fabric to a coveted fashion statement. But it has somehow managed to do just that and now I hear its one of the most selling fabrics at Mood[mood is a upscale fabric store in NYC where most designer labels buy their cloths from]. This is a testament to the fact that there are no rules in fashion. What can be viewed as obnoxious today can be an absolute fashion statement tomorrow.
As a fashion blogger, I am more into street style than designer wear. I shop in stores that are more street friendly than those that scream over the top fashion. When I spotted velvet in stores like Forever21, I couldn’t help but pick it up. I am not a kind of person that follows trends blindly, I have my own mind and taste for fashion, I am sure all of us do. But then if thats the case, I have always wondered how “trends” work? How does an entire generation suddenly seem to love a particular style of clothing over the other? I think there is something to be said about collective psyche here. Each decade, we fashion loving humans, fall in love with a certain style collectively. In the 90’s it was crop tops and chokers, in the early 2000’s it was low rise, wide legged jeans and now we are into minimalist aesthetics. So, I think for those said reasons, I couldn’t help but fall in love with velvet when I spotted it in stores. I have already bought a few velvet dresses as we speak. One of which, a short deep red number, has already been worn at a event and has been a subject of several compliments from fellow bloggers and you guys alike[see here].
When I spotted this particular velvet slip dress in a store, I had second thoughts about it and din’t buy it at the first go. But the days that followed were filled with regret and I went back to the store the same week, relieved to find the dress still available. There are several ways in which you can style slip dresses and I have demonstrated 2 of them here.
Dress – NiHao Fashion
Black shoes – Zaful
White shoes – Dresslily.
Belt – Splash