favorite fabric for the
holiday party season,
plus-size velvet clothing often is made with a
little bit of stretch and consequently is most
frequently made of synthetic fibers. It is available in
special occasion tops,
evening pants. Velour, which is less
expensive and has a slightly different feel to
it, is sometimes used in more casual garments
like track suits and tops.
Velour is a related fabric with a similar knap
and softness. Velours are
sometimes referred to as stretch velvets, but
stretch velvets used in more formal styles
usually maintain the velvet texture. Both
are included here.
Burnout velvets have rich patterns mixing velvet
textures with sheer "burned out" spaces.
These are available in either silk or synthetic
velvets and rarely have any stretch to the
fabric. Hand crafted burnout velvets are the
most beautiful and expensive. Cotton velvets and
velveteen's are generally heavier than silk
velvets and good for day wear such as blazers,
skirts and pants. Finally, panne velvets which
have a flattened texture and extra sheen have
become popular in both dresses and tops with
less formal appeal. These generally are of
synthetics with stretch.
Some Style Tribes such as
Goth and some Steampunk will purchase and wear velvet all
year. Styles favored by these groups have
a romantic, vintage feel with referencing mainly
to the Victorian era.
frequently includes velvet looks during the
winter months, sometimes mixing it with more
casual textures and fabrics such as denim.
Formalwear can use either stretch or non stretch
velvets, with the most expensive fabrics in
Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Velvet
Velvet is primarily a seasonal fabric. It
is most plentiful from a wide variety of
retailers during the fall, winter, and holiday
A few retailers, mainly catering to those who
appreciate goth or BoHo style fashion, do have a
small selection all year. Among these is
which carries velvet capes, jackets, tops,
skirts, and tops in sizes up to 28W.
partially due to the depth and span of
inventory, can also yield velvet and velour
finds all year. Most things are available
up to a 3X (28W) here, as well.
Those who enjoy art deco inspired cut velvet
opera coats and kimonos will find a selection
all year at
and a long established eBay boutique:
Designer quality BoHo fashion that often uses
velvet in their plus-size looks, especially in
the winter months, is Johnny Was which is
frequently well represented at
Saks Fifth Avenue.