Green Velvet

 

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Photography: Prince B, Styling; Queen Michelle

 

Last week I mentioned my current love of the 90's slip dress. A current trend but I prefer a more modern approach to a nostalgic one, so I haven't layered my dress over a band t-shirt, which is the 90's trend standard, but rather over a voluminous shirt and I also chose a knee length slip rather than short one, to keep the look fresh.

I've been banging out about velvet for about 2 years and finally shops and designers are on board with it, so I have scooped a couple of nice velvet pieces, such as this green Zara dress. I ordered it a few sizes too big for maximum slouch appeal. As you know, I like slightly off shapes and colour combos and this pea green dress was just dying to be paired with my gingham shirt, with it's odd sleeves and shirred neckline. It's my favourite shirt right now and I wear it all the time so expect to see it pop up again.

 

 
Zara dress; FRS shirt; Joshua Sanders shoes; Issey Miyake bag; Bernstock Spiers cap

Zara dress; FRS shirt; Joshua Sanders shoes; Issey Miyake bag; Bernstock Spiers cap

 

When people tell they can't layer then I say that everyone can layer, it just depends on how complex you feel comfortable going.

A dress over a shirt or t-shirt is a simple, beginners way to layer. Little effort but maximum impact. You can clash colours and pattern like I have here, or go super basic and stick to neutrals or matching colours. In this instance I stuck to basic layering because the shirt speaks volumes on it's own and didn't really need anything else. But I have worn it with a shirt and another dress underneath.