A Velvet Crush

Something strange seems to be happening πŸ‘§. Β After a satisfactory high street shop this week πŸ‘—πŸ‘ , I came away with some velvet leggings πŸ‘–, and a velvet headband πŸŽ€- yes a hairband for your head covered in velvet πŸ‘§πŸŽ€.I am almost annoyed at the AW16 inspired high street for tempting me with items πŸ’—. Β I thought they long been banished by my 11 year self - when I arrived at secondary school it was soon apparent that velvet leggings πŸ‘– and hairbands πŸŽ€were not in πŸ‘Ž, and they were quickly dismissed, in favour of flared jeans and Gap Hoodies πŸ‘.But really I am secretly delighted πŸ˜ƒ.The high street is awash with all sorts of velvet and velour πŸŽ€ in any colour you can imagine πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’›, thanks to Valentino, Roksanda, Ellery, Haider Ackermann and Sonia Rykiel who all paraded it down the catwalk this seasonπŸ’ƒ.Everyone has gone quite overboard - Topshop have velvet underwear πŸ‘™(which does not seem practical or comfortable), there are many 'bodysuits' that greatly resemble tap dancing leotards πŸ‘―, and the range of velvet colours is quite fabulous - I am peculiarly tempted by a powder pink crushed velvet dress.I have to admit I am wholeheartedly embracing the arrival of velvet everything. Β I seem to have discovered my inner 80s Sloane πŸ‘Έ, out with the skinny jeans and ankle boots and in with velvet leggings, over-sized roll-necks, headbands, smoking slippers and pearls πŸŽ€. Β Ok so obviously not dowdy dressing - my velvet leggings are covered in glitter, my headband has some fun diamante and my pearls are mismatched, I'm currently sporting one pale pink pearl stud and one silver. Β And it's just so fun πŸ’ŽπŸŽ€.And I urge you too indulge, it's far more satisfying than the 90s choker, croptop, flatform trend of last year πŸ’˜, and perfect for a little winter wardrobe update.Below are some fun velvet items for you to investigate, although I don't recommend you wear them all at once πŸ˜‰Β πŸ’•.And do have a look at my Wish List on my homepage (you need to click the menu bar at the top right) to see some velvet outfit inspiration.Alice xxxThe every day trouser:

Boden - Velvet Trouser - Β£69.50

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Sophie Webster - Renee Mary Jane Ballerinas - Β£325


The hairband:

Miss Selfridge - Velvet Embellished Headband - Β£12.50


The scrunchie:

Lulu in the Sky - Burgundy Velvet Scrunchie - Β£4


The work to party dress πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™Β and my Velvet favourite:

Whistles - Suzie Love Party Dress - Β£250

whistles-suzie-love-velvet-dress-navy_medium_03The work to party shoe:

Topshop - Velvet Jagga Shoes - Β£46

ts32j22ktea_zoom_f_1 THE party dress:

Coast - Kimberley Black Velvet Dress - Β£129

003067707Party dancing shoes:

& Other Stories - Sequin Heel Sandalette - Β£69

0403957002_1_100011The weekend trouser:

River Island - Black Glitter Velvet Leggings - Β£22

River Island - Black Glitter Velvet Leggings - Β£22The weekend shoe:Β French Sole - Hefner Black Velvet Smoking Slippers - Β£180French Sole - Hefner Black Velvet Smoking Slippers with Gold Bee and Honey Embroidery - Β£180The weekend hair accessory:

Candy Bows - Luxurious Velvet Bow Hair Clip - Β£4.25

original_luxurious-velvet-boutique-hair-bowFor dressing up:

Vjera Vilicnik - Rose Velvet Choker - Β£30


Β For smaller people (age and head size):

Trotters - Big Bow Velvet Alice Band - Β£15