I have loved velvet all of my life. When I was a teenager, my super cool cousin with all the super cool clothes, got a shirt in black velvet. Knowing how my family was struggling financially at the time, I dared not ask to have this dream of owning something, anything in velvet, fulfilled. I worked up the nerve to ask my cousin if I could try hers on, but she said no; and she was a braggart; and I had dreams about stealing it from her.
See, the thing is, velvet should only be reserved for nice people. It’s just so soft, so textured with imagination. Velvet has so much to offer and it was being wasted on meanie over there. It was enough to make me sick.
When I see velvet, I think of lovely things. Images of lavish dinner parties with lots of cheese, wine and laughter. Also, wild gardens. Gardens filled with deep greens and fat pink and burgundy flowers dripping down from stone walls, heavy in their beauty. So when mean people wear velvet, it goes against all of nature.
I’m glad that velvet is having a comeback because now I can stockpile pieces for posterity instead of rifling through thrift stores for the odd find. Not that I won’t still do that anyway.
What do I love about this outfit? The perfect dusty rose of the top signals to me Victorian England, even if it may or may not be historically accurate. I enjoy being reminded of other times and places, whether it’s the 1980s or the 1800s. I love the movement of both the top and bottom. Movement in fabric makes me feel more womanly. Does it have the same effect for you? Tight feels sexy, flowy feels womanly. Also, I love the way that the color changes in the folds. I love to run my hands along my body when I wear velvet.
Sometimes I wear the skirt with a simple crop top to emphasize the high waist. Sometimes I wear the top with a pair of tight dark jeans. Either way, these are two pieces that are never leaving my closet. Unless I pass them on to my daughter. Velvet is, after all, for nice people.
Do you have any velvet pieces in your closet? Do you associate any types of clothing with particular images? I’d love to hear about it.