#velvet

Winter outfits: style yourself warm and comfy to be healthy and happy

Winter looks that demonstrate trench coats and little clothes might look pretty and trendy but they do not address main issue – cold. That is why, when winter strikes, outfits and health suffer. Who needs a nice outfit that will make you freezing all day and make you end up with running nose and fever? Taking care of ourselves includes keeping our bodies warm when needed.

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Here I start winter series of outfits that keep me warm and happy with the way I look. Also, many of them do not compromise comfort but deviate from traditional “long puffy coat ” outfits.

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This is the time to become serious about winter clothes! To sustain cold climate and be happy to run out of warm house to cold air I suggest the version of cozy outfit  that combines velvet track pants and teddy-bear jacket. Remember to cover your head and hands – they are the first to get cold!  I like to make the contrast between sportswear and faux ( I do not wear real) fur. Thermo leggings and woolen turtleneck help with lower temperatures. Also, sneakers can be easily substituted with white snow boots and make this look suited for apres ski. This concept can be translated by any budget.  So stay warm, happy and enjoy snow!

Happy holidays!

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Cozy boho chic

While we agree that the first association with boho chic comes from “make love and not war” statement,  roots of this style are much older than popular and never-out-of-fashion 70s. Boho chic style goes back to Bohemians and here the things are getting complicated. Bohemians are believed to be Bohemian Romanies that originated in Eastern Europe from Northern India about 1000 years ago (Kendrick, Donald (2007). Historical Dictionary of the Gypsies (Romanies) (2nd ed.). Scarecrow Press.).  Bohemian Romanies (“Gypsy”) gave an idea of free spirit and expression to poor artists much later (18th century) in France, especially after french revolution lead to lack of art support and patronage by wealthy people. Bohemian style at that time represents a different approach to artistic expression.

 Here I am citing the article about history of Bohemian style written by D.Monet https://bellatory.com/fashionindustry/BohoTheFashionHistoryofBohemianClothes:

“With their long flowing hair and rich, though threadbare fabrics, bohemians stand out in a crowd representing a colorful counterculture based on creativity, poverty, and an indifference to social structures and traditions…. A new cult of personality emerged with the artist as hero and individual style expressed in the way one dressed. An artist became a special type of person, not merely a crafts person, but a kind of eccentric genius whose creativity was displayed in the way they lived and looked. The artist himself (or herself) was a piece of art.”

Fast forwarded history, the ideological basis of bohemian style got transformed from the initial idea of expression of art and individualism in it`s non-materialistic version with presumably poor hygiene into a pricey fashion statement that dominates runways (Desigual is one of the companies that promotes the beauty of this style, see also Chloe SS18 collection). At the same time, during it`s 200 years history, boho style did not change the general principles of clothes style like it`s characteristic flowing dresses and layers with ethnic motifs from natural fabrics. So what happens now? In my opinion, today boho chic is a way to express comfort and individualism more than the intellectual and artistic social class. The visual attractiveness perhaps, is one of the major reasons that detached boho style from it`s initial poor economic but artistic origin. Such detachment  ironically, once more allowed this style to  gain its freedom from social cliche.

For this fall I use velvet buttonless cardigan, boyfriend jeans and tassel earrings with suede Ralph Lauren shoes to translate gypsy free spirit ( and they are known for their love for freedom!)  to inspire my everyday life.

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3 velvet looks for weekdays within your budget

Velvet is a luxury fabric that has a very long history. In accordance to several sources, the first samples of velvet were found 2000 B.C in Egypt. Velvet was also produced China around 400-20 B.C. and later found it’s way to Europe through Silk Way to become a luxury fabric for aristocrats. First production of velvet in Europe began in Italy and peaked during Renaissance. (the source https://startupfashion.com/fashion-archives-look-history-velvet/).

Velvet is a fabric structure that can be made of silk, rayon, cotton, wool or other material. The thread  wrap  forms cut or uncut soft loops. With soft touch, luxury texture and thousands years of history, velvet will be loved for many more years (the nearest future includes 2018 Rebeca Taylor resort collection (https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/resort-2018/rebecca-taylor/slideshow/collection#17) where you can see gemstone- color velvet and lace dress). While pastel and blush colors adding new angle, the gemstone colors are the classics. Often considered as a fall/winder options as evening dress (think red velvet dress), these days we also like to use it during daytime. Since fall and winter are the best seasons to enjoy velvet, I would like to talk about few looks I use this fall for my workdays.

 

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Green dress. One of my favorite combinations is velvet and suede. It is about the texture, the feel of how both fabrics go together. Here I combined Vince Camuto green velvet dress with suede boots (Franco Sarto), my favorite bag and Larsson& Jennings swiss watch.

 

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Purple Jacket. Velvet jacket from Ralph Lauren (RUGBY) is very evening-like outfit and to be able to wear it during daytime, I paired it with boyfriend jeans (Joes’s )  and low-heel shoes from French connection. Clutch, Aldo.

 

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Velvet track pants. This is perhaps, the trickiest look, but at the same time the most actual this year. While runways are getting crowded with track pants, we appreciate their comfort. The danger in this case is that the velvet track pants are adding weight and can look a bit strange. I do wear this track pants from Missguided with either sneakers or low-heels and same tone top (short or long sleeves, both work well) and ivory leather-and-suede bag.

Enjoy your velvet fall!