Style File – Velvet Burn-out

Crystal tee, from Club Monaco

I was intrigued when I came across the top above on Club Monaco’s website. The burn-out velvet top was on sale and there was an extra limited-time discount, so I decided the deal was worth it and bought it.

The texture and colors make it a treat to wear in different ways. The black silk velvet is on a ground of sheer pink, purple, beige, and black chiffon.

Burn-out velvet, also known as façonné velvet, is a pile fabric with a pattern created by burning selected areas of pile fibers with chemicals. Most often, as is the case with my shirt, the pile is made of a natural fiber — mine is silk. The ground is resistant to those chemicals and normally is a man-made fiber — mine is rayon.

Last Monday I wore it with a black tank and my favorite dusty rose skirt. The skirt brought out more of the pink tones in the top. Instead of my normal nylons, I wore a pair of DKNY tights in black noir and my everyday Pour la Victore flats. I accessorized with the gold-colored, linking hoops necklace.

I had a number of visitors at work that day. One class came to see three-dimensional embellishments, and it was fun to pull some heavily textured pieces of embroidery, feathers, faux flowers, sequins, and lace. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my shirt is made of a three-dimensional textile.

Then on Saturday, I met my friend Amy for brunch. When you have a favorite new piece of clothing, don’t you find excuses to wear it more often? I know I do. I went more casual for brunch with a black cotton cardigan, Citizens of Humanity Arley jeans, black tank, and Loeffler Randall mini lynx rain boots. I’ve been leaving the zippers at each side seam half zipped to fit my hips a little better.


  1. Jo says:

    You always come up with the coolest pieces!!

  2. Amanda says:

    I really like how it looks on you, both with the dust pink skirt (my fave) or with jeans. It is interesting to see how to wear pieces that I would not a priori choose or even know how to wear ! And I love to learn about what makes a fabric special. Such a nice coincidence that you wore a 3D textile coinciding with your class’s subject.

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