How to wear and care for velvet – my favorite fabric of the season!
Velvet is one of my favorite fabrics this season. Not only does it look luxurious, but it is so soft and comfy. Honestly, who hasn’t seen this trending style everywhere?! I love the versatility, too. Velvet can be dressy, like this gorgeous one shoulder maxi dress. I’ll be wearing it to a wedding this weekend, so make sure to follow along on my instagram stories for all the fun details! Or, it can be nice and casual, like this chic pink top. I always end up wearing this top to run errands because it is so easy to throw on with a pair of jeans. As you know, velvet is such a hit for the holidays, but you can absolutely wear it into the new year – or all year!
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How to Wear Velvet
There are so many ways to incorporate velvet clothes into your wardrobe. From velvet shoes to velvet dresses, this fabric style is everywhere.
So you’ve seen this dress before [here], and I can’t wait to wear it this weekend. Although this is definitely a fancier option, velvet dresses come in all shapes and sizes. For example, I love this casual velvet dress. Paired with patterned loafers and a menswear-inspired coat, you’re set for the office or a lunch with friends. Or, if you want something fun and festive for New Year’s Eve or any other winter party, try this flattering midi dress. And these strappy sandals are the perfect closet staple to match.
Velvet leggings are one of my favorite ways to wear the fabric in a casual, and chic, way. I just got these velvet leggings for Christmas, and I can’t stop wearing them. Most recently, I’ve paired them with my favorite moto boots and a long cardigan for an elevated and edgy look. And in the picture above, I’m wearing some of the most comfortable velvet pants ever (they are on sale, too). They have an elastic waist and basically feel like pajamas. But, the high waist and tie detail make it look refined. Plus, this pretty lace blouse (also on sale) is a great way to mix up the textures without being overwhelming.
I mean…who doesn’t love velvet shoes?! I know these pink hiker boots are a bit unexpected, but they are amazing. According to Who What Wear, they are the boot of the winter season. Obviously, I can’t help but agree. I love to pair them with my go-to faux leather leggings and a tunic sweater. Or, if you want something a little dressier, these strappy sandals are perfection. Or, these loafers are some of my most-worn shoes this season.
How to Care For Velvet
How to Protect Velvet
So, I’ve previously talked about how to protect your suede shoes and I wanted to share some of my tips for velvet, too. A lot of velvet today isn’t true, 100% velvet. But the good news is that it is much easier to clean and protect. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend wearing velvet out in the snow or heavy rain. But, one of the easiest ways to protect velvet fabric is to use a protective upholstery spray. While it is heavy duty for your home furniture, it is also gentle enough for fabrics like velvet.
- Always use this spray in a well ventilated area. The smell is strong, and you don’t want it stinking up your house!
- I like to hang my clothes up with a hanger or lay my shoes and accessories down on a clean towel for spraying.
- Spray the protective upholstery spray about 1-2 feet away from the fabric. Make sure to spray as evenly as possible.
- I let it dry for about 5-10 minutes and repeat one more time for good protection.
How to Clean Velvet
So if you haven’t protected the velvet you already have (it’s ok, I have a long list of items I need to spray down!), there are ways to clean velvet. First, check to see if your velvet is a polyester mix. These types of velvet can usually be machine-washed. If the fabric is true velveteen, dry-cleaning is the way to go. However, if you want a natural stain remover, you can try a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice. I would recommend using a diluted cleaning solution (aka add water) and make sure to spot test it on your fabric before applying to the stain.
Once you’ve cleaned your velvet items, make sure to steam them. Do not iron velvet! It will mess up the pile of the fabric, and ruining your clothing is never fun. This hand steamer is perfect for travel or every day use. I used to work at a boutique when I was in college, and I often steamed the clothes when we were setting up the floor. Pro tip: don’t steam the fabric directly. Steam the inside of the clothing. For example, if you have a dress on a hanger, put the steamer inside the dress and pull it down towards you. This will get the wrinkles out while protecting the fabric from any wetness or damage.
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