Velvet Revolution

I’m still trying to decide if there’s a way to wear velvet as a grown woman and not look like I’m auditioning for a Shakespeare play. The look dominated choice F/W 2010-11 runways, include Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and Halston. But how can we reinterpret it in the real world? And can it be worn on all of the other days of the year that aren’t Christmas?

Posen certainly thinks so. Check out his retro look. The delicious cherry color really makes these pop:

I searched high and low for cheapie velvet options. Admittedly, the ones I found reeked of 4th grade recital. If you can prove me wrong, please do! But here are some adorable grown-up options that hover around the $200 mark.

Aidan Mattox Batwing Sleeve Velvet Dress -- $195

I love this one..particularly the color and shoulder detail and the fact that, now that I’m three months pregnant, I can actually picture myself being able to wear this and have it be flattering.

Evil Twin Velvet Drape Vest -- $53.90

The asymmetrical hem on this vest makes it stand out and proves designers are becoming more creative with velvet, while the mere fact that it’s a go-with-nearly-anything vest makes it wearable than, say, your typical crushed velvet tube dress.

Diane von Furstenberg Grano Velvet Wrap Dress -- $241.50

Of course, if you insist on a festive velvet dress and can afford to splurge on one that you absolutely WILL wear after the holidays, here’s my dream take.

Juicy Couture Layered Velvet Drama Torsade Necklace -- $148

..And lastly, how freaking adorable is this Juicy Couture Layered Velvet Necklace? The perfect shade of royal blue, if you ask me…Happy holiday shopping!

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