Summer Velvet

Velvet is typically thought of as a winter fabric, and a dressy one at that. It’s soft, tactile and takes color beautifully, so it’s a shame to relegate it to the back of the closet until the holiday season. In the current fashion cycle, where high and low, cocktail and casual and tough and tender mix effortlessly together for an edgy look, why not wear velvet in the summer? The best part, is that you can layer it up and get extra mileage out of the pieces as you wear them into fall and winter.

Hailey Baldwin, model and sometimes Justin Bieber flame, rocks a green velvet slip dress on the streets of NYC.

Hailey Baldwin via Teen Vogue

Hailey Baldwin via Teen Vogue

This rich blue swimsuit takes the luxe look to the beach, although we question what it might feel like when wet.

via refinery 29

Made by Dawn via refinery 29

Perhaps the designer was inspired by this shot from a 1974 edition of Vogue Paris.

Mike Reinhardt via Vogue Paris

Mike Reinhardt via Vogue Paris

These pale pink sandals would be perfect with  all those soft, summer hues!

via JCrew

via JCrew

Off the shoulder chic is this year’s runaway hit silhouette. Cut it in velvet and it’s a win, win situation!

via miamiamine

via miamiamine

Slip into something sexy, like a blush toned slip dress.

via animale

via animale

This bodysuit was made for modern pin-up girls.

via Bow Down

via Bow Down

This sexy camisole had us at first blush. Pop it under a jacket or chunky sweater coat for fall.

via Apiece Apart

via Apiece Apart

The richness of the fabric takes the edge off of an acidic color for this slip dress; trimmed in black and accessorized with sneakers, of course! Add a tee shirt to take into the fall.

via Cinc a Sept

via Cinc a Sept

 

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