Thursday, September 01, 2011

Velvet - Yeah or Nay?

Once again, fashion trend forecasters are telling us that velvet will be popular this winter.  I think they've been saying this every year for the last 5 in a row.  I'm not sure I believe it.  I've stopped buying vintage dresses in velvet because they just don't sell.  I think most women find velvet a difficult fabric to wear and they shy away from it.  What do you think?  Will you be buying velvet this fall?  Check out the roundup of velvet looks from the Fall 2011 runways at Tom and Lorenzo.

Shown above, A black rayon strapless dress by Rappi is accented with pleated white organdy at the front.  Sold for $60 in 1954 (about $504 in today's dollar.)

18 comments:

Kitty said...

As a vintage seller I don't take much notice of trends, I just go for what I know sells in my market. Much of my sales are in person and I find velvet sells well, maybe it's the tactile aspect.

YYZ said...

I agree, Jody; I do think velvet is hard to wear for all but the very young and the very, very slender. Most grown-up ladies have a little something we don't want accentuated and, for me, the thickness of velvet just adds bulk. And bulk is never good. I feel the same way about corduroy. I do love vintage velvet dresses, though-- all that boning keeps the bodices from getting wrinkled and bulky.

Crikey Aphrodite! said...

I love velvet. I never understand why some people seems to have such a problem with it. Silk velvet drapes beautifully and isn't bulky at all. Perhaps the problem is that velvet as a term covers such a lot of different weights and variations.

Mind you, as a seamstress, it's not something I like working with!

Jen A. Miller said...

I think we've had this discussion before - just not a fan. I'm OK with it in the details of some winter dresses, like a strip under the bust. One of my favorite ball gowns had a velvet top with a satin bottom. But as a whole outfit, yes, tough to wear.

Isis said...

Nope, no velvet for me. I do love the fabric, but with 5 cats and a long-haired dog, the velvet just don't sat pretty...

annimal said...

I LOVE velvet! It's snuggly! Can't wait to wear it again this fall and winter!

Celia said...

I adore velvet but I refuse to buy it anymore. We have a white cat and a black cat. So basically I would look like a walking lint brush.

Miss Rayne said...

It is one of those love/hate things I thin, I love it and it sells well, one of the dealers I buy off regularly can't bear to TOUCH it and I have the packing :)

Abbey's Accessories said...

I think any color velvet is beautiful for winter. If you don't want to wear the velvet outfit, then you can accessorize with rich velvet or velveteen items such as hats and purses.

Anonymous said...

I love velvet. It feels so good to wear...

~Jada
http://jadasjewels.com

CandaceClay said...

I don't mind it in theory but I don't wear it or sew with it because I hate touching it. The hand feel is gross to me and I LOVE shopping with my hands and my hands say "AHHH NOOO" to velvet.

MeggieLoveday said...

I think Velvet coats and capes are beautiful! I do agree that it is hard to sew and can look tacky or bulky in the wrong cut. Velvet gloves, bags and shoes are divine, the fact that velvet is just so dense with no shine adds class. 90s Crushed velvet on the other hand is disgusting an i wont go near it. It getting to summer over here and winter saw loads of velvet. The sweetheart dresses with sheer top overlay were the most popular. I only collect vintage so dont get on their wagon but own several vintage velvet items. Teal velvet is something i crave in a big coat, but hard to find as its usually maroon black or green.
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Mad Scientist said...

I love velvet! I'm not so big a fan of crushed/panne velvet, but even that has things that look good with it.

As to the pet hair, talking from experience - you just have to take care: if it's a coat put it away/hang it up the moment you take it off; if it's other clothing then pat don't hug.

Work Uniforms said...

Maybe a velvet coat, but I don't see velvet making any sort of comeback in the mainstream. It's just too heavy and I personally hate the feel.

Shrinky Inky said...

i love velvet and was just lucky enough to find a velvet and lace dress in a 48 bust, burgundy color with huge 30's sleeves.

Sheila said...

I think it depends on the velvet. Cotton and some silk velvets show every crease! I have a beautiful vintage silk velvet gown that has a big shiny section on my butt because I have sat down in it a few times - no matter how I steam it, it won't go away.

Modern velvets are lovely because they are usually done with a blend, including some lycra, so that they hold their pile well.

I adore velvet and always look for it in fun colours!

Gladys said...

I love velvet. I have velvet jackets and velvet pants but I gave away my velvet sheath dress because it was a bit too snug. I will definitely be looking for a replacement. I'm like George on Seinfeld, I love velvet.

K.Line said...

What an interesting question! I don't like velvet. It seems fussy and antiquated (but not in a good way). It doesn't drape nicely and the nap is bizarre, to my eye. It also reminds me of baby outfits.

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