Velvet Obsession

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I have a long standing crush with velvet. The obsession began long ago in the mid 90s when I would buy any velvet clothing item I could get my hands one. Something about that soft, rich fabric just makes me immensely happy. So I was thrilled to see velvet back in stores this winter.

Around Halloween, I picked up an unfortunate velvet piece at Savers to use for a Halloween costume. 

Here it is, in all its shapeless glory, in the Saver's dressing room. The fabric was glorious, despite the design. I did not want to just let it hang in the back of my closet for all eternity. 

Thankfully, I have many talented friends, especially my friend Amber Taylor, who is the clothing designer for The Little Rack and an expert at re-vamping items like the above. She took this little number and created an adorable velvet skater skirt and matching crop top. We lovingly nicknamed the pieces Baby Velvet.

So, I now present you with Baby Velvet. I first paired the skater skirt with a graphic tee, leather jacket, black leather boots and bold, colorful earrings. The boots are also from my previous post. I am obsessed with them and may never take them off.

Skirt - repurposed by Amber Taylor for The Little Rack , Faux leather jacket - RD Style , T-shirt - Zara (similar here ), Earrings - J.Crew , Boots - Dolce Vita

Next, I paired the crop top with a black floral maxi skirt, also made by Amber.

Crop top - repurposed by Amber Taylor for The Little Rack , Floral maxi skirt - Amber Taylor for The Little Rack , Tassel earrings - Savoir-Faire Boutique (similar here ), Druzy ring - Etsy , White bracelet - vintage, Snake bracelet - E.Leigh's Boutique (similar here ), Rhinestone bangle - E.Leigh's Boutique, Locket necklace - Savoir-Faire Boutique (similar here )

Want proof of my velvet obsession?

Ta da! Me, circa 1996, before I knew what a curling iron was, that glasses could be cute, and how to pose correctly in front of a camera. But, hey, I was well ahead of the velvet trend.

(Disclaimer: Amber Taylor for The Little Rack is currently on vacation, but will soon re-open! Sign up for an email notice once the shop is back up and running!)