Off the runway and into your closet: Velvet and a touch of Russia


Runways for this fall’s fashion included velvet in everything from evening wear to skirts, suits, and coats. 

Velvet is showing up on dresses and tops everywhere, and there are lots of ways to wear this luxurious fabric without feeling overdone.

The first real-life option for velvet is in dresses. Ladylike velvet is a match made in heaven with dresses short and long. Take a look at these dresses in our shop now; choose a solid shade for versatility—top it with a denim jacket to dress it down, or layer a black wool coat on top for a night out. Or make a statement with a dress that combines the velvet trend with the popularity of florals.

Not only is this fabric super luxe, but in fashion it’s often stretchy too. That means velvet clothing will likely be form fitting or clingy, highlighting your figure.

If all-over velvet isn’t your thing, choose a velvet skirt or a top with just a touch of velvet on the cuffs or collar. 


All things Russian were also showstoppers on the runway, and if it’s a pattern you could imagine on a nesting doll, it’s fair game. Think lots of graphic florals, unusual or exaggerated silhouettes, and plenty of embroidered detail or trim.

In real life that translates to floral detail on tops, embroidery on blouses or jeans, and patterned shoes. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns, especially tiny dots with oversized florals. And the bolder the colors, the better. Mustard yellow, black, navy blue, and rich burgundy are all good ideas this fall.

Lots of layers also lean Russian (hello, freezing Siberia!), so pile on tights, chunky socks, and textured sweaters for a quintessentially USSR look. 

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