Good morning, and happy Friday! I’m sharing two of the outfits I shot with Alison yesterday featuring these brown velvet flares. I feel like both of these looks have subtle holiday vibes, but you can wear them all winter long, to maximize your cost per wear.
AG Farrah Velvet Bootcut Jeans in Bitter Chocolate – $50 off (28, but need 29) // collared bell sleeve sweater (S) // / Marc Fisher boots – 36% off (8) // similar mixed stone necklace – 50% off // gold hoops – 25% off // Lagos crossover ring // similar camera bag – on sale
If I was going to be a guest at someone’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, this is exactly what I would wear. The mixed stone necklace brings more autumnal tones into the look, and the chunky gold hoops are attention-grabbing and right on-trend.
These velvet jeans are actually a bootcut, not a flare, but it’s basically the same thing. A bootcut is not quite as wide at the leg opening as a flare, so they’re aren’t as dramatic of a look, which suits my modern/polished/understated style persona just fine.
I would say they run true to size, although I’m squeezing into a 28 here. I was wearing the 29 in Sunday’s Try-On Haul, and I thought they felt roomy, so I ordered the 28 to compare, but they’re too snug in the waist. When I sit down or bend over, it’s not a pretty sight, to say nothing of uncomfortable. All that to say, I would recommend going with your true size, if ordering. I’ll be keeping the 29.
I’d also like to have them shortened just a tad. These boots are the highest heels I own, and I’d like to see a little more space between the hem of my jeans and the ground. I’m not stepping on them, though, so they’re probably okay like this. It’s just a matter of personal preference.
My sweater is not on sale, but it’s not a bad price either. I love the cutaway collar and rounded v-neckline, and it’s a nice, soft fine-gauge knit that isn’t too clingy.
The subtle bell sleeve adds another element of interest, and keeps the whole look chic yet understated.
I topped it all off with my leather bomber, but I can also see adding a faux fur jacket or a vegan leather puffer, as I did in the outfit below. Or even a long wool wrap coat, for an element of sophistication.
This next look is quite similar, in that it also involves a black top, but I couldn’t decide which I liked better, so we shot both. This time, I wore a vegan leather puffer on top.
similar vegan leather puffer – 60% off // LNA Emelie Rib Top (M) // AG Farrah Velvet Bootcut Jeans – $50 off // Marc Fisher boots – 36% off // crystal statement earrings – 40% off // crystal frame clutch
I love the cut-out design on this LNA Emelie Rib Top. It takes a simple rib tee from daytime to date night, but it’s still modest and bra-friendly. In this case, I sized up to a medium, for a little extra wiggle-room since it has a body-con fit.
You can certainly tuck it in, if you like, but I’m too short-waisted, and that doesn’t work for me. I tried it both ways in Sunday’s Try-On Haul, and I decided I prefer to leave it out.
I didn’t want a necklace to interfere with the neckline, and I like the generous length of the long sleeves, so I didn’t wear a bracelet either. I’m going to look for a larger statement earring to wear with this because I think it could use a little more bling.
With both of these outfits, the topper really matters because the outfits are so simple, but that’s partly what I love about them. They’re easy to throw on and go, but the extra detail in the tops, and the velvet pants keeps them from being boring.
For this look, I chose a vegan leather bomber for a little extra drama, and I also like the contrast of textures. Mine is a few years old, but Gap Factory has one that’s quite similar, and it’s 60% off right now.
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photos: Alison Cornell