A Velvet Crush

Something strange seems to be happening 👧.  After a satisfactory high street shop this week 👗👠, I came away with some velvet leggings 👖, and a velvet headband 🎀- yes a hairband for your head covered in velvet 👧🎀.I am almost annoyed at the AW16 inspired high street for tempting me with items 💗.  I thought they long been banished by my 11 year self - when I arrived at secondary school it was soon apparent that velvet leggings 👖 and hairbands 🎀were not in 👎, and they were quickly dismissed, in favour of flared jeans and Gap Hoodies 👍.But really I am secretly delighted 😃.The high street is awash with all sorts of velvet and velour 🎀 in any colour you can imagine 💚💜💙💛, thanks to Valentino, Roksanda, Ellery, Haider Ackermann and Sonia Rykiel who all paraded it down the catwalk this season💃.Everyone has gone quite overboard - Topshop have velvet underwear 👙(which does not seem practical or comfortable), there are many 'bodysuits' that greatly resemble tap dancing leotards 👯, 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.  I seem to have discovered my inner 80s Sloane 👸, out with the skinny jeans and ankle boots and in with velvet leggings, over-sized roll-necks, headbands, smoking slippers and pearls 🎀.  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.  And it's just so fun 💎🎀.And I urge you too indulge, it's far more satisfying than the 90s choker, croptop, flatform trend of last year 💘, 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 😉 💕.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 - £69.50

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Sophie Webster - Renee Mary Jane Ballerinas - £325

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The hairband:

Miss Selfridge - Velvet Embellished Headband - £12.50

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The scrunchie:

Lulu in the Sky - Burgundy Velvet Scrunchie - £4

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The work to party dress 💙💙💙 and my Velvet favourite:

Whistles - Suzie Love Party Dress - £250

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

Topshop - Velvet Jagga Shoes - £46

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Coast - Kimberley Black Velvet Dress - £129

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& Other Stories - Sequin Heel Sandalette - £69

0403957002_1_100011The weekend trouser:

River Island - Black Glitter Velvet Leggings - £22

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

Candy Bows - Luxurious Velvet Bow Hair Clip - £4.25

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Vjera Vilicnik - Rose Velvet Choker - £30

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 For smaller people (age and head size):

Trotters - Big Bow Velvet Alice Band - £15

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