What I Wore: Velvet Pantsuit

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black velvet plus size pantsuitJacket: Stretch Velvet Open Blazer c/o Ellos (14) | Pants: Stretch Velvet Wide Pants c/o Ellos (14) | Camisole: LOFT (old; similar) | Shoes: ASOS | Bag: OTAAT/MYERS Collective (budget friendly alternative) | Coat: Faux Fur Snap Front Coat c/o Ellos (M) | Bracelet: Banana Republic (similar) | Earrings: Sparkling Crystal Stud Earrings c/o Talbots

ellos velvet pantsuit ellos black velvet pant suit ellos black velvet plus size pant suit over 40 cocktail party what to wearLooking for a way to look glam but feel as comfortable as if you were in your sweats? You're in luck because this season velvet is a hot trend and a comfy one too! I saw this stretch velvet suit at Ellos and reached out and asked if I could have it and style it for the blog and wear this season. The jacket is lined but still stretchy and comfortable and has pockets. The pants have a wide waistband that is elasticized in back and pockets. I had the jacket and pants shortened by my tailor. Behind the scenes: I forgot my shoes for this photo shoot so wore the higher heels that I had on that day. I tailored the pants to work well with a lower heeled shoe so I could be comfortable all evening.

I added just a hint of sparkle – these are the same earrings I wore in this outfit post and find myself reaching for even on casual days.  I bought this bag this summer and love how it's so small yet holds plenty (in there is an iPhone 8+, lipstick, a comb, a card holder with money and ID in it, and a small key ring).  Banana Republic makes great accessories; I got this bracelet almost a year ago and love how it's super sparkly but very classic and tasteful. The lipcolor is my holiday go-to – Le Carmin by Lancome.  Add the faux fur coat I wore in this outfit post and I'm ready to fight the cold while looking festive!

alison gary wardrobe oxygenI chose to keep the look simple with a black crepe camisole already in my wardrobe, but with a simple suit like this you can really personalize it with your shell. Want to look more festive? Consider a silk shell in bright red or emerald green. Want to glam this up for New Year's Eve? Look for a shell with some beading or even all-over sequins. Wear the pants alone with a sweater, the jacket with dark jeans and a silk cami and heeled booties. All this versatility AND this suit is machine washable! For those who aren't familiar with Ellos, it's a Swedish brand that goes from size 10-34 and ships to the US and Canada.


A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. With your hair looking haute, and your velvet suit oozing the man suit vibes, you’re totally ready for any holiday party. You’re smoking hot, girl! I’m officially planning to copy this look.

  2. Wow, this all suits you so beautifully! I forget about Ellos, but they do have some lovely things. Going off to look…

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