Velvet is a material that is rich, plush and soft to the touch. Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feeling. By extension, the word ‘velvety’ means ‘smooth like velvet’.
Velvet, with its royal look and its regal feel, can be made from either synthetic or natural fibers. No matter how velvet material is made, there is no denying the fabric is feminine, divine and upscale fine.
Velvet Fun Fact: Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. This completed process meant that velvet was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well made velvet remains a fairly costly fabric today.
Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers, the most expensive being silk. Much of the velvet sold today as silk velvet is actually a mix of rayon and silk. Velvet made entirely of silk is rare and usually has market prices of several hundred US dollars per yard. Cotton is also used to make velvet, though this often results in a less luxurious fabric.
Be it silk, cotton or rayon, when dressed in elegant, chic velvet, you’ll get your fashion frenzy on!
Velvet fabric works well with all garments. Be it dresses, skirts, blazers, shoes, purses, pant suits, tops and men’s suits, velvet looks va va voom sensual and sexy in all items of clothing.
Velvet Fun Fact: Because of velvet’s unusual softness and appearance, as well as its high cost of production, velvet has often been associated with nobility. Velvet was introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants and to Al-Andalus by Ziryab. In the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet. Much of it was exported to Venice, Italy, where velvet spread through most of Europe.
Soft and soothing to the touch, velvet garments are loved and adored so much!
Popular Types of Velvet:
- Chiffon or Transparent Velvet
- Devore or Burnout
- Velveteen (Imitation Velvet)
- Wedding Ring or Ring Velvet
No matter your velvet preference, no matter the type, when dressed in the splendor of luxurious velvet you’ll do fashion just right!
Nancy Mangano’s Velvet Fashion Tip: Velvet is such an alluring fabric that one can never be dressed in too much velvet. However, one way to spice up a casual outfit is to carry a velvet handbag, or slide your feet into a pair of gorgeous, scrumptious velvet shoes. For a fashion diva like you, only the finest of fabrics will do, go velvet!
Any one of these lovely purses and fantastic high heels would add glamour and off the charts beauty to any outfit.
Materials Similar to Velvet:
- Viscose (More similar to silk velvet than cotton velvet)
Velvet can also be made from fibers such as linen, mohair and wood.
Synthetic velvets are mostly made from polyester, nylon, viscose, acetate and from mixtures of different synthetic materials. A small percentage of spandex is often added to give the final material a certain amount of stretch (hence ‘stretch velvet’).
Velvet: Soft, plush, the magic touch!
Mix velvet and lace…fantastic, feminine fashion taste!
“Excuse me, keep your hands to yourself and you’re invading my personal space.”
“I couldn’t resist rubbing your gorgeous velvet jacket with its ruffles and tapered waist.”
“I suppose the urge to feel the soft velvet is much like rubbing a prickly buzz haircut.”
“Yes, exciting and exhilarating. Pulls me out of my own fashion rut.”
“May I suggest you invest in a velvet outfit of your own. The money will be well spent.”
“No doubt I’d be the best dressed person around and get looked at everywhere I went!”
Velvet: An uptown, upscale, chic looking material…a cut above velour, I’m sure!
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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