Smooth As

9 September 2010

Don't you just love it when you look in your wardrobe and find something worthy of a Vogue must-have inside?  I had started to become intrigued by velvet last year, a fabric that conjures up all sorts of childhood emotions (along with corduroy) but can also scream luxury if done correctly.  This shirt was an old eBay purchase that turned out to be even better in reality, a Laura Ashley  (a brand that seems okay to buy if it's 'vintage') silk/viscose mix that was unfortunately left behind and forgotten when I went to New York. As I'm trying to work my way through my wardrobe and rediscover pieces I haven't worn for a while, I thought I'd bust out the shirt at work today.  I'm very much obsessed with wearing garments that use unexpected fabrics and I'm always looking out for shirts that can be worn loosely with rolled up sleeves.  Of course I would probably wear this shirt regardless of whether it was on trend but it's always nice to be asked where you got such items from; do you own anything from yesteryear that can be recycled for today's current trends?  I am now starting to wish that I had an aviator jacket, satchel and voluminous cape hiding somewhere.

Shirt, lace top - Ebay
Shorts - H&M
Belt - Angels Sale
Shoes - New Look
Tights - Calzedonia
Necklaces - Random Brooklyn

If only it were an A-line mini-dress...

Remember my layered necklace obsession?  Here's a close up of the gold/brass selection, consisting of necklaces found solely in good old Brooklyn. 

 Sources l-r Asos, Etsy, Tba, Nitrolicious

A few alternative velvet options found on the web, though why stop at dresses and shorts?  I'm talking velvet bandeaus, circle scarves, knee highs (wait they do exist on a dubious looking site) and even a full on coat!  What are your feelings about velvet? 

I had a little play around with the layout to coincide with getting some new business cards printed, what do you think?  Tried to give it a new season feel with all the random fashion related thoughts in my head right now.  Also if you've ever wondered how to get my look (as I myself often have on many an uninspired morning) then look no further; Claire has written a lil feature about me on Style Clone

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  1. It is so awesome when you find things like that shirt in your wardrobe; it also makes clothes hoarding so much more acceptable in my opinion!

    My recent clothes hoarding victory is a vintage camel cape, that I have been saving for the perfect opportunity! So glad I kept hold of that one!

  2. Great outfit! Loving your lace top and shirt. :)SarahD

  3. It's a great shirt, I often look through my mother's wardrobe - she has mountains of clothes which she hardly wears and find gems. I love your selection of necklaces as well!

    Thanks for your sweet comment! I had a great time at the event (I'll get round to blogging about it soon) - It was strange meeting so many people with mutual interests! Also, I'm excited to try out every camera - maybe I'll post my results when I'm done?

  4. Great jacket, and I love your tree necklace! I have a minor necklace layering obsession too :)

  5. I love velvet! When I was a kid, I was obsessed! I'd take down entire clothing racks during my futile attempts to rub my fingers against the cloth. I have the sudden urge to buy a a velvet jacket -_-

  6. I love layering necklaces!


  7. you have awesome style girl - ill be adding you to my blogroll. especially love the shoes and tights!


  8. Love the velvet, I have a velvet blue body con skirt that i never ever wore on the blog...but I adore it!

    Also, I am such a fan of layering necklaces too.

  9. Hey Kristbel! This is a great post. I really do love the shirt it is perfect. I don't own any velvet but I would love some velvet curtains in my room like you said if done correctly. You found some really great examples!

    Adele –

  10. velvet creates a very interesting contrast with jeans!!!great one girl!

  11. Yes velvet is so good right now. I actually bought a black fringe velvet cardigan a little while ago :)

  12. For some bizarre reason I really like the idea of velvet knee-highs, where are they ? jazzy ♥

  13. i love velvet! im on the lookout for something velvet and perfect, but having some trouble. i did come across some questionable 3/4 length trousers.. sadly they weren't even right for me to alter to shorts. im still looking though! xx

  14. Your blog is f****** amazing!And your style is very inspiring. That's why i'll follow you

    I'd be so glad, if you'd take 2 of your minutes to check out mine too ;)