Drooling over the Balenciaga knife-point mules recently, I realised I actually don't like the velvet trend. I have the MRP velvet trucker sandals in blue, which I adore and wear very often, but that's about how far I'd go.
To me a velvet top is much like Regina George in Mean Girls, deceptively attractive. Pretty on the outside, but ultimately cruel and unforgiving.
And much like Cady Heron, satin has been experiencing a sudden upswing in popularity. But learn from Cady's mistakes, and don't become smug. Tread lightly instead of jumping right in and draping yourself in this luxe (and also rather unforgiving) fabric.
Dubious? Here's the best way to wear it:
I forgot. I also own a mint crushed velvet camisole, which I luuurve. This is the only other way velvet works for me. And the same rule applies to satin - wear it with high-rise trousers or a pleather skirt, a denim jacket and ankle boots or sneakers.
Shop this one from Forever New, R499.
One item at a time
Settle into satin by adding a smooth-feel bomber or add some oomph to your footwear repertoire by shopping a satin sneaker or mule.
Shop this exquisite bomber from Country Road, R1499.
Or get the quilted version in dusty pink from H&M for R749.
Then up your shoe game with this satin sneaker, R499, from Studio W at Woolies.
Or get these satin mules from Zara.
Or are you feeling brave?
Sometimes, like wearing pink every Wednesday, fully committing to an outfit can be really fun. Whether you opt for a satin suit or a satin bomber with tracksuit pants combo, I'd say if you feel confident, go all in.
Shop this Ruff Tung trousers, R799, Spree.co.za
Satin coat, R1199, H&M.
Satin Slip Dress, R1699, Country Road.
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