You’ve seen it everywhere, and now it’s in your closet! Velvet has definitely been the fabric of the season, and it shows no signs of quitting. If you’ve already got a few pieces, you’re probably wondering how to maintain that velvety goodness for as long as you can. Well, lucky for you (and us!) we reached out to our number one consultant, mom, and she gave us a few tips:
- Lay it flat
- Never store in plastic – store in breathable, cloth garment bags or another soft cotton encasing.
- If you have to hang your velvet, make sure the hanger is padded. Some people use slips of silk in the clamps – but this will still press. If it’s a well-constructed piece, use the padded side of the hangar
- Avoid moisture (so storing near the bathroom probably isn’t the best idea 😉 ).
- DO NOT IRON VELVET. Always press it. You can do this by keeping it in a steamy bathroom (gives you a good reason for extra shower pamper time)
- There are Velvet press cloths – Needle board
- To take wrinkles out of your velvet use a bath towel – there’s a sheer side and a loopy side, the loopy side. Put the loopy side against the velvet. This prevents crushing the fibres. You never want to crush the fibres!
Shoes & Accessories:
- Water won’t destroy your velvet. But, like any fashion shoe, it will assist in the deterioration of how it looks – so while getting caught in the rain will not be the end of the velvet world, avoiding puddles will help with preservation.
Synthetic velvet is much lower maintenance (like a velour!). You can get away with machine-washable for synthetic pieces whereas real velvet shows wear more easily. Velvet is meant to be special, so you want to treat it like it’s precious! Special fabric for special occasions.
Then on the other hand, if you’re impatient or without many occasions, you can make it funky with jeans and other pieces because it’s not so luxurious but it adds luxe to your funky stuff.
Which velvet pieces have you picked up this season? How have you worn them?