What to wear with a pleated velvet skirt

Spoiler alert to my family: this is probably one of my Christmas outfits. It's bright pink, which isn't exactly Christmassy, but I feel like Mrs. Claus Gone Wrong when I wear red velvet, so it's the closest I could get. I know velvet is a big trend right now—and I'm fully on board with that—but I think I was four the last time I really wore it. So my challenge for this week is making velvet feel a bit cooler and age-appropriate. Here's how I put it together.

This black leather moto jacket is one of the few remaining pieces I kept from my three (very long) years at Banana Republic. I will keep my thoughts to myself on the quality of the rest of the line, but this jacket is incredibly soft lambskin, fits like a glove, and should probably retail for twice what it does. I think BR recently put everything on sale for 50% off (including leather, which they rarely promote), hence why it's nearly sold out. If you see one of these in the future, however, pounce on it. It's worth every cent.

Since the skirt is so bright, I had to balance it with a lot of black on top. This sweatshirt was a Black Friday score, and one that I was incredibly happy with. It's incredibly soft and lightweight, and it looks rather fancy. It's hard to see, but it has a cool crisscross detail in the front. I'm not normally one to order something in several different colors, but I'm tempted to do so for this one.

And, oh yes, the skirt. I kind of impulse-bought this one at Zara (story of my life), and while it's definitely a bit brighter than what I normally wear, I think the risk paid off. Also, it's good for twirling.

I am obsessed with these shoes and have been wearing them pretty much nonstop since they arrived. They're pretty comfy, thanks to the kitten heel, and they have a crazy elongating effect on your legs, especially when you wear them with pants. They are sadly sold out at the moment, but hopefully Mango will restock them soon.

I'm firmly in the leopard-is-a-neutral camp, and I thought this look needed a little pop of print, so a fun little clutch it is! This one was last seen in this post, and I love how it looks just as great with jeans as it does with a dressier outfit. And did I mention it's only $45?

OUTFIT DETAILS: Banana Republic leather jacket (very similar by Madewell) || Athleta criss cross sweatshirt || Zara pleated velvet skirt (similar here too) || Mango satin knot mules || BP leopard haircalf clutch || Stella & Dot disc necklace and wing necklace


Clairejustine said...

Beautiful outfit, I love your skirt Cheryl :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays. Hope you can join us tomorrow.

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

That fuchsia mini-pleated midi skirt is truly stunning Cheryl. I definitely think this outfit is perfect for the holidays even-though it doesn't have 'typical' holiday colors lol. Love it.

Welcome by Thursday and linkup with me. =)

Patti said...

Great job putting this festive look together, Cheryl! You look terrific and thanks for linking up, xo


Shelbee on the Edge said...

Cheryl, you have completely nailed the styling of this fun velvet skirt! Head to toe brilliant! I adore a pretty kitten heel and the pairing of black leather with bright pink velvet is spot on! And of course, leopard is the perfect accessory! Well done, my friend, well done! Thanks so much for linking up with #SpreadTheKindness!


Virginia said...

Twirl-worthy skirts are the best! I love the bright color of this one and you balanced it out with the leather jacket perfectly! Very festive without being overly-Christmassy!

More to Mrs. E

Elise Von E said...

Love how you styled this velvet skirt, beautiful look!

xx, Elise

Unknown said...

This is such a gorgeous pleated velvet skirt! I absolutely love the way it looks with your black leather jacket. This is totally the perfect outfit for a holiday party! SO Cute!
Thank you for linking up this week!

~xo Sheree

Unknown said...

Such a darling elegant look. I love your shoes so much

Life is just Rosie

highlatitudestyle said...

Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great styling on the pleated velevet skirt. Your mules are stunning!

Mica said...

That is such a beautiful pleated skirt! I love the touch of print with the clutch, perfect accessorising. I'll always have a love for leather jackets in winter too, scoring them on sale is the best! :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! After a crazy week I'm hoping to do a little bit more for Christmas, getting those last few gifts and doing some more wrapping!

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The Tipsy Lifestyle said...

Such a fun outfit! Love the color of the skirt and that you added a leather jacket and cute kitten heels. Thanks for linking up :)


Michelle said...

LOVE that you toughened up this skirt with a leather jacket & I'm always game for a pop of leopard :)


Jeans and a Teacup said...

Love the leather jacket with the velvet!
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