In fabric land, velour and velvet materials have similarities, as well as distinct differences. To the naked eye, the two rich, smooth fabrics look near identical, creating difficulty telling them apart. So, for all of you fashion divas who aren’t quite sure of the difference between velvet and velour clothing, this post is for you.
(See my post She Wore Whatever Color Velvet She Preferred! for additional velvet information and clothing ideas).
Velour: Velour is a plush, knitted fabric or textile usually made from cotton, but can also be made from synthetic materials such as polyester. Velour looks and feels very similar to velvet, but is a knit fabric with a structure known as pile knit.
Velvet is most commonly known for its smoothness and luster. Velvet is a woven fabric with a structure known as the pile weave, where the yarns are woven into little loops in one direction, giving the fabric its smooth hand and luster.
And there is your basic difference. Velour is knitted and velvet is weaved. Now, to your beautiful, most likely made up eyes, I’m sure these velour fashion photos look very much like velvet!
Velour Fun Fact: Velour can also refer to a rough natural leather sometimes called velour leather. Chrome tanned leather is ground from the inside, which forms a delicate, soft layer on the surface. Velour leather is used for footwear, clothing and upholstery. Velour leather looks similar to velvet suede and chamois.
Velour material is stretchable and the fabric combines the stretchy properties of knits with the rich appearance of velvet. In addition to clothing garments, velour is popular in tracksuits and loungewear due to its softness and comfort.
Velour Fun Fact: Velour is a favorite fabric of the character Zapp Brannigan of the television show Futurama. Zapp’s quarters (known as the love-nasium) are host to a wide variety of velour made items, including carpet, uniforms and bed sheets.
Velour fabrics also make for gorgeous, elegant and fuzzy feeling shoes, handbags and hats. If you don’t want to dress in full velour, merely wearing the smooth material on your feet, head or purse is the way to go! Add sparkle, shine and richness to your body from head to toe.
Velour vs. Felt Fun Fact: Velour also resembles the material felt. Where velour is a knitted fabric, felt is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibers together. Felt can be made from natural fibers such as wool or synthetic fibers such as acrylic. While many felts have a soft consistency similar to velour, some forms of felt are tough enough to form construction materials.
The soft felt, velvety feel of velour!
Glorious and glamorous for sure!
Velour and Velvet Difference: While velour is most often made from a blended cotton fabric, velvet is most often made with a silk pile on top.
Velour Fun Fact: Velour is a French invention: the word doesn’t appear before the 18th century. “Velours” is the French word for velvet. Velour fabric has only been around since it was invented in 1844 France. Velour is often considered a budget-conscious version of velvet, although velour garments can be expensive in their own right.
You don’t own any velour garments? What a fashion waste! There are numerous valuable velour clothing items to fit your signature taste.
Your closet looks very bare, you say? Spice it up with effervescent velour garments in every way!
Velour Fun Fact: In the last decade, velour has been used for pillow covers and mattress coverings. Luxury memory foam mattresses often come outfitted with Jacquard velour covers, for their comfort, elasticity and flame resistance.
Start a fashion fire frenzy dressed in smooth, chic, felty and velvety velour!
“The rich velvet material of your skirt is absolutely striking, that’s for sure!”
“Thank you, but your eyes have deceived you. My skirt is made of velour.”
“I have to disagree. I can tell by the material’s shine, feel and fuzz.”
“My skirt is not now made of velvet. Never will be and never was.”
“Wow, velour fabrics ooze with elegance, ritz and class.”
“Yes. A beautiful velvety fabric with stretch, glamour and sass.”
Are you a staunch velvet kind of a girl? Why not branch out in your fashion choices and give velour a whirl!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846