Are you passionate about unique design and exquisite details? Do you like talking clothes? The Midnight Velvet Design Team does! We sat down with them for a fascinating Q& A…and the story behind a gorgeous customer favorite.

The Elegant Jacket Dress

from sketch…

Elegant Jacket Dress sketch from our designer, Rachel.

to dress!

Here is the final product-the Elegant Jacket Dress

When we planned this sit-down interview at the creative building, we asked the designers to bring along a Silver sample of The Elegant Jacket Dress. So there we were, sitting together with this gorgeous creation draped over sleek office furniture. Sun was streaming through the windows, and this stunning dress was positively shimmering. When we remarked on this, Ashley actually said that they call the fabric, “shimmer fabric.”

Aside from it's exquisite shimmer fabric, what makes The Elegant Jacket Dress special?

Ashley: “The woman who wears this will be getting attention for all the right reasons. It has vintage flair, and it’s really flattering. Women tend to look fantastic in a fit-and-flare silhouette. Add in a ruched waistband and tea length, and it’s just a really beautiful dress on most women.

Kirstie: “The Elegant Jacket Dress is the perfect balance of elegance and comfort. It has a little bit of crinoline under the skirt for a hint of volume and “crinkle,” subtle shimmer fabric that isn’t too much…and even pockets! (Pockets in occasion dresses are a fun plus, and for mothers of the bride or groom, a great place to keep lipstick—and Kleenex!)

Rachel: “The matching jacket makes it so versatile. It’s ideal for a wedding. Wear the jacket for church or a cold event room. When you’re ready to dance the night away, simply put the jacket over your chair, and take your Cinderella moment as you reveal this gorgeous, swingy dress. It’s a dream.”

How should we accessorize it?

Rachel: Rhinestones make a sparkling, classic choice. They mirror the glimmer of the brooch closure at the waist. I’d do earrings, and with the 3-quarter sleeves, a dazzling rhinestone bracelet is a must. Since this dress is all about vintage beauty, a clutch purse would be perfect. Shoes? Marnie would make a flawless finish.

Dazzle Clutch
Crystal Necklace and Earring Set
Marnie Shoe

What do our customers think? How are the reviews?

Ashley: “They are loving it! Here are a couple of our favorites from Kay and Annie.”

“Elegant Dress! Tailored/Sophisticated/Classy/Sassy–all in one! This dress was exactly what I was looking for for my son’s wedding. I purchased the champagne, and I couldn’t be happier! Fit like a glove. So pleased!” -Kay D. from Brenham, TX

“Stunning! I wore this dress to my daughter’s wedding. Compliments galore! I strutted a while! I bought the gray, but I’m about to order the champagne for the future.” -Annie Y. from Richmond, KY

Can we get the Elegant Jacket Dress in other colors?

Kirstie: “YES! In addition to the Silver, we have Champagne and White—and a new color coming out this Fall!

Elegant Jacket Dress in Champagne
Elegant Jacket Dress in Champagne without the jacket
Elegant Jacket Dress in White
Elegant Jacket Dress in White without the jacket

What's the new color coming out this Fall?

Ashley: “I can’t tell you yet, but I’ll give you a hint: It’s CLASSIC.”

Hmmmmm. Well doesn’t that leave us hanging! As a Midnight Velvet insider, we’re wondering if you have a guess? Please leave your color guess below…along with any feedback for our designers. We love hearing from you!

Let's hear more from our designers:

Q&A continued…

Do you have a message for the Midnight Velvet Customer?

Ashley: Don’t be afraid to try something new! It’s so easy to get stuck in a fashion rut…and it can be so hard to get out. The next time you see a new style that truly speaks to you, don’t let that voice in your head say, “I love that, but I can’t wear it.” Give it a try!

Kirstie: You bring us joy! We love seeing pictures of you bringing Midnight Velvet designs to life, and we are so grateful to be a part of your life.

Rachel: We want you to feel unique and special…so we’re adding extra twists to make our designs different and intriguing—details like beads, trims and embroidery.

What’s your favorite Midnight Velvet design for spring ’19?

Ashley: I’m super excited about The Lanya Floral Jacket. It’s an update to our moto jacket—with a modern center zip. It looks great zipped or unzipped. I’m hoping it will be your go-to jacket for layering this spring.

Rachel: I’m loving The Do Si Do Skirt Suit. The pop of color is so fresh for spring!

Kirstie: The Lula Top! It has a great, dramatic sleeve and is loose-fitting at the waist (which is great for hiding a less-than-perfect tummy). I love it for transitioning into summer.

We want insider Info. What’s in the works for the fall collection? What are you especially excited about?

Ashley: We’re working on a crochet poncho with fringe and beads. It’s a bit boho and bit southwest. I think you’re going to love it. It’s so full of charm.

Kirstie: I’m all about this very sophisticated skirt suit we’re creating for you. It has different shades of blue and even blue metallic details. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Rachel: We have some fall outerwear pieces you’re going to LOVE. Hint: think feminine details that give it a one-of-a-kind look.

Tell us about your personal style. Has it changed lately?
Any new tricks or obsessions?

Ashley: I just bought a pair of animal-print heels. I normally don’t wear heels at work, but now I’m wearing my animal print heels with my favorite jeans, and I’m loving it. They freshen up my look.

Kirstie: The truth? I’ve been purging my closet. It’s just that time of year. The cool thing is that once I started getting rid of things I didn’t like or wasn’t wearing, I could see what I love…and what I need. Now, there’s room for new possibilities.

Rachel: It’s winter in the Midwest, so I’m trying to stay warm and look stylish at the same time…which can be a challenge. I’ve been all about layering. The other day I wore a bright blazer over a turtleneck and added a brooch. It felt feminine AND cozy!

Thanks for joining us. Remember, your style is our designers’ guiding star. Keep shining bright! 

Sincerely,

The Midnight Velvet Team

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