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How to Wear Velvet for the Holidays + My Sale Picks for Green Monday

Dec 11, 2017

Happy Monday, you guys!

Okay so admittedly I posted today’s post early on Saturday (Neal’s gift guide) so you could use it to shop over the weekend, and I didn’t intend to post again today–BUT–apparently it’s “Green Monday” which is the biggest online sale day in December. (???)

(Did this even exist last year? These online sale days are becoming more and more like Hallmark holidays ? ?)

Whatever, great for you and me! If you’ve got more people to knock off your Christmas list or you’ve been looking for some winter wardrobe staples and holiday party attire inspiration for yourself, this post couldn’t be more timely!

I shot this look with Melissa on Friday morning–we went to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, which is always delightful to shoot in because it’s WARM! Phew! I always get some strange side-eyes from teenage field-trippers and grandparents with their grandkids, but hey, I’ll do anything to avoid frostbite.

The two stars of my outfit are actually on sale today (hooray!) thus, I couldn’t wait to post them!

First, this velvet ruffle top is absolutely adorable and 40% off and now only $40–it’s selling out FAST in this red color, but it also comes in black (classic, obviously) and a cool silver hue. (Great for NYE!) It looks perfect on its own for a holiday soiree and you can even throw a chunky cardigan over it and wear it to work!

This top would also look super cute with your favorite skinny jeans, a festive pair of plaid pants like these from LOFT that would look super cute with the black version of the top, or even sequin leggings for a super festive twist. If you prefer a skirt option, this pleated metallic mini or this adorable gold sequin mini would be really fun with a pair of ankle strap pumps. A classic black mini and OTK boots would also be a great combination!

Second, my favorite new Ann Taylor purchase–these velvet leopard bow heels, which are 40% off and now only $83! They have a gold heel and it’s the perfect height because they don’t hurt your feet but are much dressier than flats! I’ve worn them with jeans, dresses, you name it. I love ’em!

Also, this pair of similar leather leggings from Nordstrom has great reviews and is only $19! (Otherwise, I also love the Spanx and Commando versions!)

I love wearing velvet for the holidays (and beyond, if we’re being honest) because it adds more texture to your outfit and instantly makes it more interesting! I love pairing it with leather leggings especially–and even mixing different colors and patterns of velvet! (Ahem, as you can see here ?) Just make sure that you have some variation and aren’t wearing it head to toe. (For example, wearing velvet pants here would be a bit overkill, but the leather breaks it up nicely!)

I always get asked how to style velvet items, and the easy answer is: style your velvet item like you would if it weren’t velvet. For example, my favorite black velvet leggings, I wear just like I’d wear normal leggings, or normal black jeans–but they’re even comfier and jazz up an ordinary outfit like regular pants wouldn’t!

Anywho–scroll on for more of my favorite sale picks! (Lot’s of items I own or have on my list are on sale!)

This J.Crew Velvet Cami is 40% off! Comes in black and silver as well! 



Shop more Green Monday Sale Picks:


Lot’s of new markdowns!

My favorite cardigan above is now marked down 20% off!

These cashmere touch-screen gloves are now only $36! (Come in every color!)

This adorable red peacoat is now only $66!

I’m REALLY upset that I didn’t get this adorable food ornament set for only $16 for girls’ ornament exchange over the weekend! Such a funny gift but so cute at the same time. Also, I know you know someone in your life that would die over this adorable hand-blown hot sauce ornament.

Affordable mens’ watches (Neal’s Picks): this one, this one, and this one are all on sale and would make awesome gifts! (He really likes the Jack Mason watches especially and there are a lot on sale!)


Tons of winter styles on sale (up to 50% off!) 

So it would appear that Abercrombie is officially BACK and guess what? They have some of the coziest things I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

This sherpa half-zip pullover for $34! SO cozy!

Literally everywhere I look, somebody is raving about this sherpa lined cardigan.

50% off all coats! 

I have these high-rise super skinny jeans in my cart, they’re only $34 today!! (All denim is 50% off!)


40% off and free shipping! 

I just got this black lace ruffle top I wore for our holiday soiree a couple weeks back is marked down 40% off at J.Crew! It’s one of Neal’s favorite tops that I own! (I actually wore it last night for date night!) 

This off the shoulder top with an organza ruffle could also not be more beautiful!

This gold sequin skirt is a must for holiday parties and NYE!

I think everyone has this fair isle sweater on their list this year.

This deep green wrap blouse is the perfect versatile top to wear out or to work!

This adorable red beanie is restocked and would make a great stocking stuffer!

These new leather men’s white new balance sneakers would make an awesome gift.

These mens heavyweight chamois button-downs always go like hot cakes! They’re super warm and would make an awesome gift.

My favorite Ann Taylor bow heels are also 40% off today only! 

Ann Taylor:

40% off Full Priced Styles (including new arrivals!)+ 60% off Sale Styles with code VERYMERRY

My FAVORITE leopard bow heels are now such a steal! (Blog post coming soon!)

I’ve got my eye on this black wrap coat–it’s so chic and simple and perfect to wear for more dressy occasions.

This velvet cami is so pretty and perfect to wear out for a date or underneath a blazer for work! (It’s only $29!)

These satin tie-waist pants are SO cute and a great alternative for those who don’t want to wear holiday dresses!

This bow-back blouse is so pretty to wear any time of the year!


40% off with code NEWNOW

How cute is this strappy mustard colored velvet swing dress? It would be perfect for any festive winter occasion!

These ball drop earrings would make the best gift or accessory for yourself!

A cableknit pom pom sweater with the prettiest blouson sleeves? Sign me up!

This hair tie gift set comes in the cutest packaging and includes several no-crease hair ties!

This fair isle sock gift set is so affordable and perfect for any girl on your list!

If you’re still searching for a great holiday party dress that can double as a winter wedding guest dress, this one is now only $40 and I love the lace and cold shoulder details!

J.Crew Factory:

50% off and free shipping! 

My plaid blanket scarf/wrap is 50% off! Comes in more colors, too! (Full blog post coming soon!)

This velvet peplum cami comes lot’s of colors and is so festive!

So many button-downs for the guys starting at $24! I especially love the slim plaid flannel in “heritage navy”

Camp socks for $7!? Yas! Best stocking stuffer!

Happy shopping! (Er…Green Monday! ?)

Photos by Iron & Honey 


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