Thursday, October 6, 2011

WEARabouts: Velvet Maxi Dress

Wherever your WEARabouts a neutral velvet maxi will bring a luxe and sophisticated texture to all your favorite staples. Made for layering with basics that range from elegant to edgy and back to classic you can never go wrong with this simple and stunning silhouette. Whether going out for a casual meet up with friends, a formal party or a fashionably transitioning into a new season the velvet maxi dress will be the piece you'll never want to take off.

1) Grunge and Pearls
This grey green velvet maxi can take on a sporty grunge style that goes perfectly with the on trend 90s revival we've seen on the runway and the street. Pick a pair of flatform boot/sneaker hybrids, a signature motorcycle jacket and a statement making strand or pearls for a casual look that shows off a bold and fresh style.

1) Panne Velvet Long Dress by T by Alexander Wang, $335, available at Shopbop
2) Strips Leather Rider Jacket by UNIF, $475, available at UNIF
3) Spur Stainless Steel Watch by Nixon, $300, available at Net-a-Porter
4) Pearl Cluster Necklace by Micha Design, $260, available at Stanton James
5) Work It Hi by Jeffrey Campbell, $190, available at Solestruck

2) OPERAtion Formal With an Edge

Who ever said formal has to be stuffy. Achieve a balance of sophisticated and eclectic with a mix of dusty colors, metallics and textures. A shearling vest, high end python shoes and vintage looking opera-length gloves will surely hit a high note for any style conscious woman.

1) Panne Velvet Long Dress by T by Alexander Wang, $335, available at Shopbop
2) Oksanna Swarovski Crystal Earrings by Dannijo, $420, available at Net-a-Porter
3) Shearling Gilet by Diane von Furstenberg, $875, available at Net-a-Porter
4) Crystal Embellished Long Leather Gloves by Lanvin, $1965, available at Net-a-Porter
5) 130MM Python Sandals by Nicholas Kirkwood, $1495, available at Luisaviaroma
6) Zola Clutch by House of Harlow 1960, $168, available at Singer 22

3) Transitional Appeal

It can be tricky to transition from summer into fall or winter into spring without looking like you've thrown together separates and accessories from two different seasons. But with a velvet maxi, boho floral kimono and caged gladiator sandals you'll look like a layering pro. You can also add a bit more definition to this simple shaped dress with a great underwire half bustier. Underneath a topper the accessory will give a sexy edge without looking over the top.

1) Panne Velvet Long Dress by T by Alexander Wang, $335, available at Shopbop
2) Floral Fringed Kimono by American Gold, $315 $105, available at Asos
3) Lace-Up Leather Sandals by Sigerson Morrison, $1290 $645, available at The Outnet
4) Underwire Half Cage by Chromat, $150, available at International Playground

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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