I have a lot of boots. It’s probably why winter is my favourite time of year when it comes to fashion. They’re all suede or high heeled and totally impractical for British weather – just how boots are supposed to be! But in November, Toff (the boyfriend) bought me a new pair for my birthday and they’re my favourite. Now, I don’t play favourites with my shoes just like most people don’t with their children but secretly I love these to death. Why? Two words – Red. Velvet. That’s right, red velvet boots. Yes, I’m limited with what I wear them with and if there’s a spot of rain in the air I WILL run for cover, but…aren’t they beautiful?!
Velvet, like leopard print, is tricky to wear. It can look opulent, bordering on tacky. But, with the right styling can look utterly gorgeous with a rock n roll edge. So, after owning them for 3 months, this is what I’ve learnt….
1. START SLOW
If a full-on velvet jacket or trousers is a little too scary, boots and bags is a great place to start. Whenever I delve into something a bit different for my wardrobe, I tread carefully and go for ‘safe’ colours like black or other dark shades to ease me into it. It was one of the main trends on the A/W 16 catwalks and will be everywhere until Spring. Whether it’s a tapestry print or colour block, I love to team statement accessories with an outfit that’s got a lot going on (like this one) or to add a touch of glamour to a pair of ripped jeans and my boyfriends t-shirt. Yes, he hates me wearing his clothes, but sometimes they just look better on us girls!
2. CHOOSE MATERIALS WISELY
The amazing thing about velvet is that it can dress an outfit up or down, depending on how you feel. Teaming it with leather gives it a much dressier feel whereas denim and cotton can make it feel more everyday and casual. After a disastrous experience with a pair of cord trousers, it’s safe to say that too many textures in an outfit can make you look more like a soft furnishing than a fashionista!
3. LOOK AFTER IT
I’m just going to say it. Velvet gets ruined. I don’t look after my shoes very well but it comes from a place of love – I wear everything to death until they’re falling apart. This is not an option for velvet. It gets scratched, marked and wet really easily so I’ve come to realise that if I want to wear these velvet boots to death I’m going to have to look after them. I use a Nano Protector Spray and although it doesn’t keep every puddle splash from them, it kept them safe on a particular tipsy walk back to the hotel in Rome!
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