It's not every day that you pull out the old velvet cocktail dress for a casual day of running errands…or is it?
Normally, you'd reserve a dress like that for more formal engagements, like a black tie wedding or a Christmas party, and that's pretty much the end of the story. However, with a one Miss Hailey Baldwin taking a Sunday stroll in her sexy number by Vatanika, we can't help but question our thought process.
Is a strappy velvet dress actually daytime-appropriate? All signs point to YES.
It's no surprise that a heavier fabric, like velvet, has a permanent place in your winter wardrobe—it just feels festive. And if you own a similar dress, it's probably in a neutral, like black. So how does the model make hers work for sunny weather? For one: color. A jewel-toned take, like a green, a blue or a ruby, brightens the fabric up a bit for a less serious feel.
On top of that, styling the look with city-girl accessories (like a choker, aviators and the model's Dior ankle booties) keeps it casual—but not too casual. In your real life, you could easily get away with wearing this combo from brunch to a summertime happy hour, no problem.
But don't get us wrong: That colored velvet dress can just as easily be transitioned for those ritzier occasions. Just ditch the daytime sunnies, add some strappy heels, a little bling and you're basically red-carpet ready, no matter the time of the year.
Done and done!
H&M Bandeau Velvet Dress, $24.99; Liu Jo Blue Knee-Length Dress; $125; Vatanika Silk Velvet Dress, $455.80