Fabric Love – Velvet

Velvet, a luxurious fabric that dates back thousands of years, is widely used in Indian dresses. Velvet has kind of rich and sensual appeal to it, and it perfect to glam your night parties or attend a wedding / function. Since the fabric is heavy (in weight) and soft (in texture) it immediately gives a dressed-up feeling.


You can either go full velvet (as in 1,2,3 above) on your attire or use it as in some places in your outfit, just as a highlighter. A velvet blouse (4) , dupatta, or as border for your saree or suit (5). The idea is not to overdo and kill the look of it. You would want to carry the fabric with grace and not drowning in it.


Another good this about velvet is, like silk, it can support very heavy embroideries and the hand work that are on most of the Indian dresses. Deep blues, greens and reds are my favorite colors in velvet; black not so much. I am not sure whether velvet is used very heavilt in western dresses as well. I have not seen much of it and don’t own any western piece in this fabric.

Anyone has any western outfit in velvet?

11 comments:

pavani reddy said...

reds especially maroon velvet looks classy n royal na...

Tanvi said...

Incidentally just yesterday a blogger I know had done a post on Velvet in western wear -

http://www.strongsenseofstyle.com/2011/09/crushing-on-velvet.html

I might have worn velvet when I was growing up ... but right now I own nothing in this fabric. It looks like but I don't feel it is for me. Love the Outfit #6 from your post!

♡ from © tanvii.com

Gayatri said...

I haven't seen velvet in many western outfits. I quite like the lifept it gives to Indian outfits. But like you said, it looks best when it's minimally used.

Gayatri

shruti.. said...

I used to own a blue tee / top few years ago and currently designing a white dress with a velvet cowl neck. :)

I think, you can get shrugs and skirts too made out of velvet.

shruti.. said...

and somehow, that velvet patiyala pant is looking ugly...

Suruchi said...

you made so much sense Sovi in saying that one must not drown in velvet coz nothing then looks flashier:/

very sensible suggestions n pics as always:-)

shooting star said...

velvet is one garment which can go either ways..look royal or look horribly bad!!

http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.com/

Shruti said...

Velvet has sure made an 'unexpected' come back. I need a lot of guts to pick it up after so many years.. but I am loving the velvet blouse with saree in the post. I would always prefer velvet in dark colors.
Manish Malhotra makes the most of all the velvet in the world.

Thanks for stopping by and the lovely comments. I am sure to visit back, you have a lovely blog running here.

Shruti
Pumplicious.blogspot.com

Vantage Point Vintage said...

Great post!

Best,
Nicole D http://www.vantagepointvintage.com/blog/

The Urban Fashion Gal said...

Very nice. I love velvet! I have a few Western tops made out of it.

Nuha said...

i love velvet..but i've never seen any of my friends wear them as sari's...but i'm sure they would be perfect for the winter!