“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” –Rachel Zoe
I am so glad that I finally got a chance to wear this orange velvet two-piece! I purchased it back in September for $40 (50% off) from one of my favorite online stores—Nasty Gal. I love Nasty Gal because it is a fusion of chic, cool-girl styles with vintage, edgy styles and everything in between. My personal style falls somewhere between those lines and I am therefore always able to find some affordable, unique pieces to add to my wardrobe. When I first saw the color, it was striking! Orange velvet? WOW. I had not seen a velvet outfit in that color. Most of the time, I would only find velvet in hunter green, oxblood, mustard, and of course black. At the time, I did not have any velvet in my wardrobe, so I was excited to add such a strikingly beautiful piece with an amazing color that I loved. I knew that orange would bring a vibrant flare, complement my melanin :), and also make it more versatile for me to wear beyond the fall and winter months!
I naturally went for a vintage look when styling this two-piece. Anyone who knows me knows that I am definitely an old soul—in a former life I was definitely a flower child of the 1970’s! I was totally inspired by the cropped silhouette, V-neckline with tie at front, high-waisted bell-bottom pants, and wide sleeves. I paired this look with fuchsia velvet platform sandals that I picked up a couple of weeks ago on a whim in Macy’s for $20. Yes, the shoes were fuchsia, but I didn’t back down—color block it is! I added the perfect fuchsia lipstick (Heroine by MAC) and the look was almost complete. At the last minute, I decided to experiment with my clear Gazelle glasses (Cazal knock-offs lol) to take it all the way back in the day. Then, I added a little luxe to the look with my Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Speedy 35 tote. Last but not least, I put my faux locs in a side ponytail to add a little flair and the look was complete!
You can literally wear this cool, casual look anywhere. As for me, I would wear it to a day party, cute brunch with friends, or even to a celebratory theme party (70’s or roller skate theme). The color itself stands out so much and the fact that they are separates means that you can wear them separately with other pieces. For example, as it warms up, you can pair the pants with a cute bralette or another button-down and tie it up in the front. Of course, you can wear the crop with some high-waist jeans or shorts for another restyle.
(Note: I purchased this outfit at 50% off at the time. Currently, you can get 30% off purchases using code: ‘GIMME30’)
Velvet is definitely a versatile fabric, especially in certain colors! Do you have any velvet pieces in your wardrobe that you plan to wear soon? There is still time! Comment your faves below!