Z’Scoop zeroed in on seasonless velvet, embroidery and floral investment pieces that not only make you look like one-in-a-million for the holidays, but have you transitioning this winter from super-casual — to work — to evening with a quick styling or accessories adjustment.
Designer labels like Prada, Fendi and Dries Van Noten confirmed velvet’s status this fall as looking fine all the time. The marvels of fast fashion bring similar looks at more affordable prices.
Joa’s Moulin super-versatile sheer floral-velvet burnout midi overlay revealing a short dress underneath is alluringly sexy at night, or paired with a safari jacket, stylishly casual for day.
Add some go-everywhere Caleres Fae peep-toe suede “shorties” with stacked wooden heels, and ooh-la-la! At Anthropologie online exclusively for $158.00.
Floreat’s velvet slip dress with burnout details is professionally sleek under a tailored blazer, or instantly dazzling for evening wrapped with a favorite pashmina. The same slip dress will slink into summer bareness with a few pieces of jewelry. At Anthropologie for $178.00.
Bombers are in right now, and Hei Hei’s West End velvet version shows you how to communicate casual elegance. Dress up t-shirts and casual looks, or go over-the-top, pairing with your best party dress. At Anthropologie for $188.00.
Chanel taught us that little black dresses are musts. Make an unforgettable entrance in Alexis Sterling’s velvet-lace blouson dress with guipure lace trim, a tiered A-line skirt, and an elongated keyhole in back. It’s $695 at www.neimanmarcus.com.
Whether embroidered or burnout velvet, florals are seductively scintillating this holiday. Dolce & Gabbana’s slinky floral sheath sale price: $1,800.
Designer brands like Prada and Dolce & Gabbana use rich surface detail or embroidery to communicate High Holiday style. Balenciaga’s structured elegant hourglass silhouette in cotton-canvas has scores of shimmering iridescent sequins and costs a whopping $12,500 on Net-a-Porter.com.
Cynthia Rowley’s regal strapless green-gold jacquard, unusual hi-lo hem cuts a similarly strikingly unique silhouette this season. Pull it back out next year for any special occasion. $598 at Anthropologie.
Or, paint yourself in embellished gold lace with Haute Hippie’s Goldfinger Dress for $795. Available at Anthropologie as well.
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