Wearing and Caring for Velvet
The Velvet Fashion Trend
Velvet! It’s everywhere this season; shirts, dresses, pants, shoes and boots…VELVET everything! This is truly one trend we are really loving, it adds a certain element of texture that can add something extra and unexpected to any outfit, we just love all velvet fashion.
As much as we love velvet, it can be difficult to care for, so today we have some tips on how to care for all your new velvet pieces, so they will stay looking great far past the season. We’ve also pulled together a few of our favorite looks from Pinterest to inspire your weekend shopping.
All About Velvet
What is velvet? Velvet has long been known as the fabric of royalty. At one time, blue velvet was reserved solely for use by the French king, his family, and favored subjects.
Velvet fabrics are made on a double action loom. Two layers of fabric are woven at the same time, and the space between them is interlaced with connecting yarns. The two layers are then cut apart as they come off the loom, producing two pieces of fabric with an upright pile surface.
True velvet is usually made of rayon, acetate, silk, or a blend of these fibers and has a short, closely-woven pile. Velveteen is similar to velvet, but it is usually made of cotton or cotton/polyester blend and has a shorter pile. Finishes are often applied to velvets to keep the pile erect and resilient, to secure the pile, or to give the fabric body.
What types of problems can velvet items experience?
Velvet can experience a variety of problems, including a loss of pile, flattening and matting, pilling and tufting, and shrinkage. Crushed velvet has a tendency to experience a loss of design and distortion from wear alone. Velvet items made of acetate pose special problems: the pile can become permanently flattened with moisture, heat, or pressure. As a result, the pile on an acetate velvet dress is more likely to show the effects of wear. Even greater flattening develops if the velvet is brushed or if any pressure is put on it while wet.
How can you keep your velvet fashions looking beautiful?
- Hang velvet garments in a well-ventilated closet after wearing.
- If a velvet garment gets wet, do not apply pressure, as this can flatten the pile.
- Do not iron velvet garments. Hang in the bathroom and steam the garment to remove any wrinkles.
- Clean velvet garments immediately after use.
- Shake excess spills from the fabric and allow to dry. Do not blot or apply any pressure in damp areas.
- If you do get a stain on a velvet garment, the stain remover experts at Fashion Cleaners can help.
Now that you know how to care for your velvet, it’s time to go out and get some great pieces to add to your winter wardrobe. Here are a few of our favorite looks this season.