In case you missed it last Fall, velvet is back for a encore performance in Fall 2017.
Velvet was EVERYWHERE on the Fall 2017 runways from gorgeous lux stamped velvet at Erdem to shiney matchy matchy sets at Gucci and 70s retro velvet pant suits at Prada.
Each designer gave velvet their own unique twist making the possibilities for styling it endless!
One of my favorite things about the trend is that even cheaper fabrics can look chic when you’re wearing velvet so you don’t have to spend a ton!
Whether it’s an investment piece or some fast fashion, keeping your velvet looking plush, fluffy and lux takes a little know-how. Proper care for and storing of your velvet pieces is the key to their longevity.
Caring for Velvet
NEVER EVER iron velvet, you’ll crush the nap. Even an iron at a low temperature can cause damage to the soft texture. If your velvet garment gets wrinkly, use a steamer to relax the creases but only steam from the INSIDE of the fabric.
Invest in a clothing brush. This old school method of clothing care will help to remove dirt and grit that accumulates on the surface plus it will keep the velvet from becoming crushed. Brushing your velvet after every wear will help to ensure that any creases or matted patches don’t become permanent. If you leave these spots untreated they can eventually lead to bald patches, ESPECIALLY on velvet shoes and handbags!
Do not fold velvet and NO WIRE HANGERS! Instead hang velvet on padded hangers. Make sure to leave some space around the piece, don’t let it become crushed in your closet.
NEVER hang your velvet inside plastic clothing bags this will make them sweat and can cause damage the fabric.
Velvet gets flattened easily, so if you spill something, don’t press or blot. Shake off the moisture and, if it leaves a stain get it to the dry cleaner ASAP.
If velvet shoes are you OBSESSION make sure to check the weather report before wearing them (Rain + Velvet= DESTRUCTION) and avoid wearing them to a club or bar where a drink could easily be spilled on them. I have my velvet bags and shoes treated with a protective coating from my shoe repair shop. You can do this at home as well just make sure that you follow the directions and make sure the protective spray you are using is safe for velvet.
What I’m Wearing: Vintage 1960’s Velvet Long Jacket (similar found here) | Alexis Leather Sleeveless Top (similar found here) | AG Jeans | MODCLOTH Green Tie Neck Blouse (Similar Found Here) | Mulberry Clutch | Henri Bendel Military Cocktail Ring | TOPSHOP Wide Ring |
Click below to shop some of my favorite Velvet Finds:
I love these tips, I love the velvet trend but always shy away from things I know I can’t take care of! You have the best tips!
Courtney Bentley || http://www.courtneyvioletbentley.com
Awe, thanks babe!
I need to get better about taking care of my clothes, so they can last longer. Thank you for these tips! I’d love to see more posts like these. 🙂
Great tips! Love the photos too!
Great tips on caring for velvet! Your outfit looks lovely! I also like how the blue and green colors look on you!
Thank you so much!
Great tips, especially for the shoes. I will be taking these into account the next time I wear my velvet boots.
Yes keep those babies dry!
this is such timely advice since velvet is still so in this year – i wouldn’t have even thought about how to care for it – i need to get better in general at taking care of my clothes
Yes it’s a timeless Fall fabric. I swear they act like it’s a huge deal; its a trend every year lol just like florals for Spring.
Oops, i would iron my velvet pants inside out lol. Yikes!
Thanks for the tips!
No no no!
Love these tips! And BTW you look absolutely fab in this outfit!!!
Thank you so much!
Great tips! I had no idea velvet needed special care. Glad I never tried ironing my velvet pants before, haha!
Right! You would ruin them.