Crushed Velvet or a Crush on Velvet?

Dec 13, 2012

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Why yes, I do seem to be wearing velvet from head to toe. And I'm totally fine with that.

This has got to be one of my favorite fall outfits. Some checkered plaid, velvet wrapped up in dark, deep colors, a few crunchy looking flowers sprinkled in, and a denim vest- what more can a girl want?

I borrowed this stunner of a dress from Marisa over at The Shades of Monet Chronicles, and was slightly bummed to find out it was scandalously short on me when I tried it on. Seriously friends, it looked like a naughty ice skating costume on me. I toyed with the idea of possibly being into that for half a second, and then decided to do what I always do: Toss a skirt over it. You see, I feel like nothing can ever be too small or too big on you- there are always ways to cheat around it ;)

The fun rusted, dark colors in the dress allowed me to be creative in layering it, and I decided to keep the color scheme dark in order to pair it with some loud pieces (like more velvet and an equally large print).

See how the rest of the girls over at Flock Together styled this same piece:
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I'm particularly loving Marisa's awesome jewel-toned hat, Rachel's heart accent on her tights, and Hannah's orange tights and butterfly necklace!


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41 comments :

  1. Brilliant idea to wear this crushed velvet skirt over it. These pieces look amazing together!! And the jean vest is so great on top of everything
    xJennaD

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  2. I love how you styled the printed dress! I agree, there are almost always ways to make a piece work :) Once again, your mixed prints look awesome together and I love your boots!!

    Thanks so much for your reply to my camera question, it helped a lot!

    -Haylie

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  3. Your style is amazing!
    Love it!

    xx
    Christina Klein

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  4. Loving the mixture of textures and prints here! I've been really digging velvet lately (a total mid-'90s throwback to a time where my crushed velvet dress was my fave!) but haven't bought any velvet items yet. This gives me some ideas of how I'd style it :)

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  5. Do you ever have trouble reading a single sentence and have to repeat it over and over in your head until you get it right? I did that with your blog title. I kept saying "crushed" in the wrong spot and adding "red" before velvet and I may or may not have added "cake with cream cheese frosting" somewhere in there too....

    anyway, I'm just now learning the tricks to things that are too long or short on me, go me. Cute velvet styling my dear.

    xomando

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    1. Hahaha clearly you just have red velvet cupcakes on the mind. but who would blame you for that?

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  6. I'm really amazed at your ability to print mix and it's this effortless like Mary Kate Olsen thing. I dunno what exactly I mean by that, but it's a good thing, trust me.

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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    1. hahah i like mary kate so i'm definitely taking it as a positive thing ;)

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  7. Hahaha, there is nothing impossible to wear if you know how to layer! Way to make the dress work - it makes for a lovely print top :)

    Trendy Teal

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  8. It seriously surprises me each and every time I see this dress how versatile it is. Half the time it doesn't even look like the same item at all. Fun!

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  9. DAMN, I have missed reading your blog (turns out second year of uni = having no time ever). And this is a pretty damn amazing outfit to come back to! FULL MARKS TO YOU.

    Emily Wears Things
    xx

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    1. I KNOW, you've been MIA for a hideous amount of time. But yay for breaks and you popping back it!

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  10. You look lovely! I need to learn to layer pieces of clothing like that! so fun to see how the other girls styled the dress!

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  11. You have made layering a fine art. I don't know how you do it.

    Rachel

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  12. OOOH I made it onto your blog two days in a row!!!!
    Its 4 minutes til 5 at work and everyone in the office thinks im clinically insane because I was giggling out loud over the scandalous skater costume! I love your theory on the fit though, it looks awesome all layered up like this too! Even though there are two big prints it doesn't look to loud or crazy, its adorable! Hooray for velvet and swaps and also for you being over 400 followers!!!

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    1. yay you noticed!! I was super excited about that :) And I clearly love your style so I'll just keep name dropping you over and over again ;)

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  13. Work it girl! Love all the velvet!

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  14. Very unique outfit, I love the pattern mixing! Great job :)

    Kristine
    www.pugglewearsprada.blogspot.com

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  15. I have a crush on YOU. And how you wear velvet with velvet and make it look totally normal. And you make dresses work as tops so perfectly. I basically just love you, but you knew that.

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    1. Hahah you made me feel all warm and fuzzy :)

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  16. Aren't you just darling! Thanks for visiting my blog! and I'm in love with your red velvet! <3
    Emma Mae

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  17. Ahh, that dress is too great! I love velvet too :)

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  18. This such a quirky combination! Also, I like the fact you are wearing a skirt over the dress, I would've done the same :)

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  19. Adorable look and lovely background!

    the109block.blogspot.com

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  20. I love how you layer! So cute!

    Brittany
    brittanykytecreated.blogspot.com

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  21. velvet everywhere all the time! the colour of your skirt is gorgeous!

    Laila x
    thekittenswhiskers

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  22. Good gracious Marlen....everything you come up with I just <3!! Your take on this dress is so you and very cute I must say :) Again, I am just adoring how you've layered the dress. Definitely gives me a new way of seeing it and I can't wait to experiment more with how I style too! Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

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  23. I love how you style this, everything seems to go together so well =)

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  24. I didn't even recognize this dress! I love all the layering you used to make this dress work for you, it really does look perfect :)

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  25. Your blog is adorable, you remind me so much of one of my best friends :D
    I like your colorful, retro style!

    Have a nice day...

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  26. Oh my goodness, well im definitely crushing! I love that you wore the skirt over it but kept with the velvet theme! I think you should probably put that skirt up for swaps ;) haha! Love this outfit so much! the plaid looks so good with it and I love your hair up.
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  27. woah I love everything that's going on in this outfit! The prints, the velvet, ahhh it's so pretty :) And so cool how you wore the skirt layered over the dress!

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  28. I've always loved velvet myself...it's so pretty and lux! Yours is a gorgeous, rich shade...really beautiful.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

    Check out my......Jose Eber GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

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  29. I never thought I'd say this since 1993, but I kinda wanna wear some velvet now!!! GREAT outfit. x

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  30. I love your style. I love it, I love it, I love it!

    You look super great, and very confident. I am following you along and can't wait for more posts!

    Kate from Clear the Way

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    1. Aw thank you :) Comments like these inspire me to keep going!

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  31. definitely a crush on velvet over here! i love your skirt and the floral velvet dress.

    littlehenrylee

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