I honestly held back on the velvet trend last year because I thought, "Eh, this is just a seasonal thing that's going to blow over soon." But here I am, knee deep in friggin' velvet.
I was initially turned off because it came across as mega-trend à la off-the-shoulder blouse and adidas superstars (can we please stop wearing these?!) But after seeing it blow up on J.Crew (Jenna Lyons, I pine for you) I was convinced of it's historical factor. I mean, if you think about it, velvet dates all the way back 1300s and has come a long way since medieval tapestries. Lavish gowns of Marie Antoinette in the 1700s, bustles and high necks of the bourgeoise in late 1800s, sophisticated dress sets of the 1940s, fit and flare dresses of the 1980s, and crushed velvet babydoll dresses of the 90s. Obviously, velvet has a way of resurfacing every couple of decades. And now, we're drooling over velvet blazers, jackets, and coats.
Aside from the boujee factor, I love velvet because I'm lazy. Hey, if it makes my frumpy ol' mom jeans and band tee shirt look chic, it must be legit.
Here are my Etsy faves below. Buy them before I do.