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New trend meets classic style with velvet and velveteen dresses

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A basic stretch dress with dark tights, above, is ideal for holiday house parties.

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It's crazy to think that 2013 will be over in a blink of an eye.

What a year in fashion it has been. There have been so many fantastic new fashion finds by local designers, fabulous new boutiques that have popped up and of course a few trends I would rather see put to bed for good.

One of those trends is this need for young women to abandon everything feminine and opt for the baggiest of the baggy -- the boyfriend shirt. While I can appreciate not feeling like you need to get dressed up all the time, the boyfriend shirt is not flattering.

So after months of tights and baggy tops, I figured no time is better than New Year's Eve to say out with the old and in with the new -- especially when that comes to fashion.

One of the hottest trends heading into 2014 is velvet and velveteen.

Now I'm not referring to that stiff, thick structured velvet that was popular in the '90s (I'm sure some of you may still have one of those lovely grad or bridesmaids dresses in your closet). Soft, supple and oh so feminine, the new version of this textile is making a huge comeback on the style scene.

Think delicate sheer adorned with velvet patterns and form-fitting velveteen silhouettes paired with lace and chiffon.

One of my absolute favourite picks to ring in the new year is the Corella dress by BB Dakota. This '50s inspired fit-and-flow dress features a sort of velveteen leopard print sheer three-quarter-sleeve top and full flowing skirt. I love the combo of the fun print with the classic flowing skirt -- it gives the dress a sort of new-meet-old feel and it really is the perfect party dress.

Another fabulous dress it the sweetheart cocktail by Sugarhill Boutique. I adore how this dress incorporates two fantastic textiles -- velvet and lace. What could be more feminine than that? What's also great about this dress is how it hugs your curves, accentuating the waist and hips.

If you do want to opt for something a bit more casual but still want to incorporate velvet or velveteen, might I suggest a basic stretch dress in a velvet pattern? This would look fabulous paired up with some dark tights and ankle boots at a house party or a low-key night out with your nearest and dearest.

 

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 21, 2013 D16

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