Okay it’s fall and we need to talk about velvet. Velvet is a tricky fabric for big girls because we must constantly fight the battle against appearing over-ripe. Those lovely fleshy curves can go from softly romantic to chubbiest girl at the Tombstone Bordello.
Case in point:
If you’re going to do velvet, and by all means velvet it up, you would do well to avoid the flowy dresses and the *shudder* broomstick skirts in favor of something more tailored. A velvet blazer is a staple that adds a bit of romance without putting you on the Stevie Nicks Express nonstop to Tragic Junction.
You can go traditional with a low-nap casual blazer for day, I like this either worn traditional WASP style with a tissue-weight cashmere sweater and a pair of trousers or a little more interestingly with a rock t-shirt and a pair of dark rinse (no rhinestones, please) jeans and boots.
For our not-especially-racky pear pals, this prosh shrunken jacket nips you in just exactly where you want to be nipped. And who doesn’t love a little peplum action?
and lest we forget our applesque friends, I am completely digging this A.B.S. Allen Schwartz velvet shrug. I love the length, I love the front detailing. I love the slighty-stand-up-but-not-Evil-Queen (although I’m all for Evil Queen every once in a while) collar. This is a great solution to sleeveless dresses if you feel baring arms isn’t right.
This is also available in burgundy.
All items, even the horrible whorehouse one, are available for well under $100!