Two Ways to Style a Velvet Top: Day to Night (Shop Over 50 Velvet Pieces)

Believe it or not, velvet has made a huge comeback. The last time I wore velvet was when I was a little baby. Now that it’s gained popularity (in way cuter ways might I add),  I know what your thinking. How on earth do I get away with wearing velvet, especially a velvet top? Today I’m here to share two ways on how style a velvet top and look amazing! One day look and one evening look.

How to Style a Burgundy Velvet Top from Day to Night. Shop over 50 velvet pieces.

First up is a casual day look. Velvet to me has a bit of sexiness to it, especially this velvet top with a plummeting neckline. While I don’t necessarily want to look like I’m going to a fancy dinner during the day time, making sure the velvet top is stealing the show is most important.

To tone down the fanciness, I paired it with a utility coat (a must if you live in a warm climate), a fur vest for added warmth (it was barely 50 outside), my sparkly Kate Spade x KEDS shoes and a backpack to really keep it casual. I am all about backpacks!

How to Style a Velvet Top During the Day

Layer with a jacket. My biggest tip is to keep it casual. Velvet automatically makes anything dressy. In order to keep it a bit relaxed, layering is a must. The easiest way to do that is with a utility jacket. What I love about these jackets is that their lightweight, have a military type vibe and look good over literally anything! I pull mine out practically every weekend. There are so many cute options available right now that come in colors like burgundy, navy, olive green and khaki. Here’s a budget friendly option under $25 in blush pink!

Pair with skinny jeans. One of my favorite and easiest ways to wear a strappy velvet top is with skinny jeans. Make sure your shirt color contrasts with your bottom. For this look I paired white skinnies with the burgundy top to really make it pop! As I slowly add more ethical brands to my wardrobe, I really want to try this pair from Everlane!

Add a flat shoe. My absolute favorite shoe to add fun to any outfit are my Kate Spade X KEDS sparkly shoes. They are comfy, cute and will make you shine wherever you go. I chose the pink shoes because pink is still in the same color family as burgundy and red, plus it adds a bit of girliness to the total outfit.

Accessorize to emphasize the top. You never want your accessories to overpower. The goal is to always give all the attention to the key item, like the velvet top above. Backpacks are my go-to accessory to wear during the day or over the weekend. Simple and easy is what I am all about! Try to also add different velvet accessories like a pink backpack, velvet hair tie or necklace.

Kate Space x KEDS blush pink glitter shoes and a mini pink backpack

How to Style a Burgundy Velvet Top from Day to Night. Shop over 50 velvet pieces.

How to Style a Velvet Top for the Evening

Although I love a great casual outfit, the evening look is my absolute favorite! What I truly love about this top is the plummeting v-neck. Lately I have been referring to it as my going out top. I feel sexy which is usually not a typical word I would ever use to describe my wardrobe. Double HA!

As a girl with almost no chest, low neck lines are usually way to revealing and loose. This top however is so flattering on my shape and really pushes me out of my comfort zone. It’s slim in all the right spots like the chest and a tad flowy around the waste. Tops are usually short on me (I’m 5’8) but this one is actually long and makes me so happy! There straps also turn into a racer-back detail on the back.

How to Style a Burgundy Velvet Top from Day to Night. Shop over 50 velvet pieces.

Add a clutch. A clutch will always make any outfit go from day to night. Why did I choose burgundy? Because it’s what I had in my closet, plus it contrasts well against the white pants and matches my top.

Style with heels. These are your power shoes. Instantly you will feel on top of the world when you slip on a pair of elegant heels. Leopard heels are just one of those items that you never need to get rid of! Here’s a super budget friendly pair under $30 (which I think are adorable!) Not a huge leopard lover? Try pairing the top with a solid color heel like burgundy, pink or a nude!

Go big or go home with accessories. Your accessories should be a bit louder for a evening look. Just don’t overpower the velvet top or key piece you are wanting to show off. Originally I planned to wear pretty pink statement earrings but it ended up being way to windy. Long hair, wind and earrings just don’t mix.

Instead, I tied it back with a pink piece of velvet ribbon I bought from a craft store. Cheaper than the velvet hairties they are selling in stores and I can cut at least 5-10 pieces from the strand I bought! Give them away to girlfriends as a inexpensive gift also!

How to Style a Burgundy Velvet Top from Day to Night. Shop over 50 velvet pieces.

Tip: Keep colors in the same color family and you can never go wrong. For example, red and pinks. Don’t be afraid to swap out colors and try different accessories. Mixing and matching color with different prints and textures is what makes an outfit interesting!

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Outfit Details

Day Look: LOFT Velvet Top | American Eagle Skinny Jeans | Utility Jacket | Kate Space x KEDS Shoes | Pink Backpack

Night Look: LOFT Velvet Top | American Eagle Skinny Jeans | Old Leopard Heels (similar here) | Burgundy Clutch | Velvet Hair Ribbon

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General Rules When Wearing Velvet

Now that you saw how to style a velvet top from day to night, I want to share some general rules when wearing velvet. Here are a few do’s and dont’s.


Buy a piece that is versatile. Meaning you can wear it year round. Velvet is hot material wise. For example, I bought a velvet tank top because it’s hot in Florida 9/12 months of the year. The tank top will get much more use out of it than a blazer or long sleeved sweater because I can wear it more than once. A tank top allows me to still wear it during the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons.

Find a velvet piece in rich colors. Jewel tones like emerald, turquoise and mustard yellow are great for fall and really stand out.

Add pops of velvet with accessories. This is a great way to test out the velvet trend without diving completely into the deep end. There are so many adorable options available right now like this blush pink purse or this budget friendly clutch under $20. Go for a velvet hair accessory like the ribbon I am wearing above.

Mix velvet with different textures and prints. It will help the fabric and color pop! If your going to take the plunge and try velvet, you might as well go all out! Differen’t textures really make key items stand out. Try mixing velvet with leopard, faux-leather, glitter and jean material.


Don’t mix velvet on velvet. This is one of those rules that may be arguable. For one I’m all for a good jumpsuit. Then again, I am also against looking like a giant tapestry. In my personal opinion, I would stick to one wow velvet item. Add velvet accessories like a bag or necklace if you are itching to wear more than one velvet item.

Was this post helpful? Let me know in the comments below! Have you jumped onto the velvet bandwagon already or are you excited to try out the trend?

As I mentioned in my last post about re-branding my blog, I really want to bring you guys helpful style content this year. Anyone can post an outfit of pretty and perfectly styled clothes all day long. At the end of the day I have to ask myself, “does that actually help you my readers dress better?”. My heart is for you to come here for your style related questions and to leave feeling confident, stylish and shining bright everyday! Be on the lookout for fashion posts that not only help you but also explain why and how an outfit works.

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Two Ways to Style a Velvet Top from Day to Night (Shop over 50 Velvet Pieces)

Shop over 50 of my fav velvet pieces:

My favorites are this blush pink clutch, this sophisticated blazer, and this going out top that comes in four colors!

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    January 17, 2018 at 12:32 am

    I am a SUCKER for velvet!! I love any blogger that offers a look that can go from day to night!! Good post!

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      Sunshine Style
      January 18, 2018 at 2:43 am

      I usually love those posts also! Gives you more options. Thanks for letting me know you enjoy them!!! Yesssss to velvet lovers! I can’t wait to add more velvet pieces to my wardrobe!

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    January 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I love your outfit combinations here! The velvet top is in a beautiful colour and mixing it with those rose gold glitter sneakers was a total win! My only velvet piece at the moment is a velvet floral bomber jacket but you are making me want to branch out and get even more!

    Amy | Style Within Grace

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      Sunshine Style
      January 18, 2018 at 2:46 am

      thanks Amy! The glitter shoes are always a crowd favorite!!!! Deff worth the investment because they match well with so much. A velvet jacket, that sounds super cute!!! To be honest I only own two velvet items but I can’t wait to buy more hair ribbon and wear them over the summer. =)

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    Kristen from Pugs & Pearls
    January 17, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    I haven’t been brave enough to try velvet yet! It’s amazing that trends come and go over the decades-but it’s never quite the same as it was the first time around.
    You are rocking this color too! The velvet ribbon was my favorite addition.

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      Sunshine Style
      January 18, 2018 at 2:51 am

      Thanks girl! When I originally tried on the top, what I loved most was how well it fit my shape, the velvet came as an added bonus. Since then I bought another cute pink peplum velvet top that I can wear over summer! YES, that’s why I love the ribbon!!! I think it adds the perfect final touch and it lets you try out the velvet trend without fully jumping in or paying to much on something you wouldn’t wear more than once.

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    Courtney Hardy
    January 18, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Your outfit looks so cute! I love the leopard shoes, and the top.

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      Sunshine Style
      January 19, 2018 at 2:15 am

      Leopard is the best, especially flat shoes that you can wear during the day!! Thanks for stopping by girl! Appreciate it. =)

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    Melissa D.
    January 18, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Love your picks! Me, I cant stop wearing a pair of crazy chic Jimmy Choo over the knee boots I got half price via the EverySale app (been forever broke since the day I discovered it)!

    For those curious: https://everysale.app.link/matchesfashion-jimmychoo-overtheknee

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      Sunshine Style
      January 19, 2018 at 2:15 am

      Thanks Melissa!!! That’s awesome. Those sound like super cute boots!

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    Glory of the Snow
    January 19, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Love both looks, great photos!


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      Sunshine Style
      January 19, 2018 at 2:14 am

      Thank you!!! =)

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    January 19, 2018 at 4:13 am

    This top is SO cute and versatile! Gotta love anything that can transition in multiple ways!

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      Sunshine Style
      January 19, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Caitlin!!! Thanks girl. It is so versatile and I’ve really been trying to share pieces that can be worn more than one way. I really can’t wait to wear it during the summer with skirts! Have a great weekend!

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