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What To Pair With Velvet

One of the things I love most about fall fashion is that velvet starts making its way back into our wardrobe. There’s something moody and mysterious about velvet that makes it a bit too dark for the summer months, but as soon as the leaves begin to change, it just feels right. Since velvet makes such a big statement, it’s sometimes hard to figure out how to style it into an outfit. For that reason, I went to one of our in-house experts – our stylist Mandi – to get her recommendations for a daytime and a nighttime velvet look.

Velvet maxi dress, velvet pants


Since velvet is incredibly textured to begin with, Mandi loves paring it with something simple, like a knit tee, so that it doesn’t read too chaotic. There’s something rock and roll about wearing velvet during the day —  Mandi recommends teaming a great pair of bohemian velvet pants like the Shay Velvet Wideleg with a vintage-inspired graphic tee like the We The Free Zepplin Tank and a leather jacket like the Mao Leather Jacket or a fur vest for an Almost Famous kind of look. Add a ton of bangles and you’re all set.

Printed velvet pants

Velvet pants, graphic tee


At night, velvet pairs wonderfully with some added embellishment like silver and crystals for a going-out look. Mandi loves topping off a beautiful velvet maxi dress with a crystal statement necklace like the Trapped Crystal Pendant and some crystal cuffs like the Sealed Crystal Wide Cuff and Dark Crystal Cuff. Finish the look with a great pair of ankle boots like the Sparrow Chelsea Boot and you’re ready for a fall night out. Look out for this green velvet dress on our site soon!

Green velvet dress, black ankle boots

Velvet dress, crystals

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molly -September 19, 2013, 7:08AM

is a green dress like the one pictured going to become available ?! i hope so

Megan -September 19, 2013, 9:31AM

I’m obsessing over that trapped crystal pendant in rose! I remember wearing velvet when I was a kiddo, so soft against the skin..

Liz -September 19, 2013, 10:27AM

I hope to God you’re going to have that green dress…. I didn’t see it online. Velvet dresses are perfect for moonlit fall nights.

Lucille -September 19, 2013, 10:59AM

Longing for a crushed velvet maxi dress in a deep rose or a raspberry…. Missed out on the Intimately velvet gown from last year… Sigh… So lovely

fp brigette -September 19, 2013, 11:12AM

Liz – It should be online any day now! Check back soon!!

Annejelina -September 19, 2013, 11:12AM

These are stunning, especially those pants! I love velvet coats as well, their fun to embellish with pins and patches. I think of Jimi Hendrix when I see velvet, that guys style was amazing <3
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Danielle Wallis -September 19, 2013, 11:36AM

Looove the velvet so much! Great post!

Ashley -September 19, 2013, 12:37PM

Love the idea of velvet in the day! I have a pair of black gaucho velvet pants I never know what to pair them with…I may slip on some flip flops, a vintage tee and some jewels and rock it out.

Thanks for the idea!


michelle -September 19, 2013, 2:23PM

awesome tips as usual :) love the dress, I just listed a vintage one in my shop very similar to it, but in more of a blue shade, it would be staying with me if it was my size & now after seeing your tips here… I wish it was my size even more!!

I also, just listed a black velvet cardigan from the 80s that would be perfect for fall layering!!


meg -September 19, 2013, 3:30PM

It’s almost velvet season! So excited!

Maddie -September 19, 2013, 6:44PM

Any pics of the entire outfits? It’s hard to see how they work together without seeing the full outfit. Thanks!

Violet Vixen -September 20, 2013, 2:06PM

Wonderful advice, I miss my velvet!

maegan -September 22, 2013, 2:15AM

oh my god, I am so happy. I was almost in tears about missing out on that intimately velvet dress last year. In fact it’s still in my cart because I was in complete denial. yessssssss!!

Deborah -September 22, 2013, 11:04AM

Like other posts, I also have a cart saved with last years velvet slip dress that came in a GORGEOUS crushed mauve and then later a beautiful jewel toned sapphire crushed blue. Sadly they sold out in my size (small) quicker than a cat can blink it’s eye. Free People, you made my day when I read they will be available any day now. Every gal needs a pretty mystical crushed velvet dress in their wardrobe. It just adds a little somethin somethin.

Juliette Laura -September 22, 2013, 5:02PM

I absolutely adore velvet. Lovely advice!

xo, Juliette Laura

Carina Elyse -September 25, 2013, 5:11PM

I see the velvet gown slip online available in slate. Is this beauteous jade coming soon?

InLove -October 7, 2013, 9:17AM

Does anyone know where I can buy the Velvet Slip dress? I know it’s Free People and it’s sold out but I soo love it and would love to find it somewhere–Thanks!!!

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