Do you remember when velvet was a special occasion fabric? It used to be reserved for cocktail dresses or evening party pants, but in the last couple of seasons velvet has become more of an everyday fabric.
Velvet jeans are popular, so I decided to buy a pair because they seemed like such a luxurious change from everyday black pants.
These glam, skinny black velvet jeans are from Ann Taylor. They’re cropped above the ankle and they look and feel great on.
Now way back when, when you wore velvet pants you would usually style them with something dressy like a pretty silk shirt or a smart looking dressy blazer.
You can still do that, but if you want more of an everyday look try something like this.
I’ve styled my black velvet skinny jeans with this cool looking mock neck sweater. Someone once said that a mock neck is like a turtleneck that can’t commit, which is kind of funny.
I think a mock neck is a much softer look on gals over 40 than a traditional turtleneck. It’s also got a very modern, sophisticated vibe to it. I’d say it’s kind of artsy. A mock turtleneck looks more interesting with velvet jeans than a regular turtleneck and more casually chic than a fancy blouse.
There are a lot of mock turtlenecks that would look nice with these velvet skinny jeans, but I really like this animal print sweater with black velvet. The bell sleeves give it feminine, fun flair!
Animal print has been trending this fall so it’s the perfect complement to velvet, and I think it gives it a sexy edge. A leopard print sweater is glam with velvet jeans, but cozy too. The inky black velvet makes this leopard sweater pop!
I’ve added these stunning black suede booties to the mix for even more texture. Do you see the heels? Isn’t that great the way they tie the whole animal print theme together? That animal print heel is very subtle but effective. All-over animal print booties would have been too much!
You could do a black bag, but I always love a touch of burgundy or plum with this mix. Red would be fine too, but I think burgundy is more subtle, and therefore makes the outfit look more expensive.
So there is my casually chic recipe: black velvet jeans, an animal print sweater, (or just a nice mock neck sweater), black suede booties and a burgundy bag.
You can shop this look below but there are only a few sizes left in the sweater so I’ve included some other mock neck sweaters too.
Don’t miss my post on styling blue velvet jeans.
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