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I’ve written about a few of fall’s biggest fashion trends here and here, so when JCPenney asked me to pick out an outfit highlighting my favorite fashion trend for fall, it was an easy decision to make. This year (as with every few years) it’s all about velvet!
I’m going to tell you a funny story. Well… funny to me. About 9 years ago I designed a mini collection of clothing for fashion show in San Francisco. It was nothing big, but a small show where I asked my friends to be models. One of the pieces I designed was navy blue velvet leggings. I remember scouring Manhattan’s Spandex World for the perfect stretch velvet for this piece. The piece I made fit my model beautifully, but she was horrified! Velvet leggings? Navy blue? How tacky was I!?
Truth be told, I saved only one outfit for me to wear from that fashion show, and it was hers. Those velvet leggings were gorgeous and about 1.5 years later, velvet leggings made their way onto the catwalks of Marc Jacobs, Milly, and more.
So anyway, you could say I have a thing for velvet.
This season I challenge you to look beyond dresses to fill your velvet fetish. Leggings, sweatpants, shoes and bomber jackets are the cool ways to get the look these days, even if it’s a bit more 80s than you would like. Scared to take on the trend? Look for velvet details like yokes, trims and buttons, which give extra dimension and texture to lace and leather pieces. The more texture you have for fall the better, so even if you find that perfect velvet dress to rock for a cocktail party, try pairing it with textured leggings and a sequin or leather jacket to up the cool factor.
Looking for some affordable ways to incorporate velvet into your own wardrobe? Look no further than JCPenney, and specifically their Project Runway line for on-trend fall styles at killer prices. The current collection in stores was designed by Project Runway’s season 15 winner, Erin Robertson, who was the Queen of cool and innovative pieces.
As for me… I’ll be digging out those leggings soon… or maybe I can find a few images of that fashion show! Would you guys like to see it?