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There’s a fabric we can’t get enough of this season, and that fabric is velvet. I’m serious, everyone on our team has been practically consumed! Velvet couches, crushed velvet knee high boots, velvet slip dresses… we want them all and we want them now!

Inspired to make an accessory that can add velvet to any outfit with minimal effort, we set out to create our very own DIY velvet chokers. We sourced the most perfect ultra soft ribbon from Mokuba in dusty pastel shades, opting for some thicker widths to get a handful of different styles. We couldn’t find the right size clasps in gold at our local jewelry supply store, so we ordered hardware online – sourcing the finishing touches was definitely the most complicated part of the whole project.

Once we had everything we needed, the rest was quick, fun, and simple as can be. Scroll down for the step-by-step:

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What you’ll need //

12″ 38mm velvet ribbon (for single strap choker)
42″ 1mm velvet ribbon (for double wrap choker)
2 Clamp-style jewellery clasps per necklace (make sure its the same size as your velvet ribbon)
1 Lobster claw clasp per necklace
Jewellery pliers
Scissors
Measuring Tape

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Instructions //

Single Strap

1. Measure your neck and cut a piece of ribbon approximately 2cm larger than your measurement. Double check it’s a good fit, keeping in mind you can adjust the size with the closures.

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2. Place the end of the ribbon inside the clasp and use pliers to pinch tight, repeat on the other end.

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Double-tie

1. We cut our ribbon to 42 inches to wrap twice around with a bow tie closure.

2. To ensure your velvet ribbon doesn’t fray, carefully coat each end with clear nail polish.

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Dress UpI'll Follow You Anywhere

I’ve loved Maccs for years now, and I was so excited when they announced they’d launched their own house brand this year, Maccs the Label. Based out of Vancouver (my hometown), the owner Tessa has always been such a sweet friend to RAOP, and she was kind enough to send a gorgeous ChloΓ© Playsuit my way right before I took off for France.

The results? A Spring boudoir look that I just couldn’t get enough of while I was away (and now that I’m back home!) Accessorized with a simple choker, a lacy bra, and simple black sandals, this outfit was effortlessly chic, and my new peach trench from Lovers + friends was the perfect topper for chilly days!

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Trench by Lovers + Friends via Revolve, Playsuit by Maccs the Label, Sandals by Cartel, Sunnies via ZANE, choker from Choies, Watch by Christian Paul

Dress UpI'll Follow You Anywhere

There are a few styles of clothing I’m always terrified to wear, despite my generally carefree attitude in the wardrobe department. Maxi dresses, super baggy boyfriend jeans, and overly doll-like dresses are all on the list, but wide leg pants and culottes sit right at the top.

You know how they say “When in France”? Well, the word ‘culotte’ itself is in fact a French word, and there was something so perfectly Cote D’azur about this striped Lucy Mcintosh pair from CONVEY. Going against my “if you don’t wear it at home you won’t on vacation” philosophy, I tried them on, and guess what? They were super cute! Into the suitcase they went, and I wore them multiple times traipsing around French balconies and feasting on fresh seafood.

The lesson? No more weird fashion rules for me.

Ps. every single apartment in Nice has views like these… How amazing is that to wake up to?!

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Top via Honey Stores, pants via CONVEY, shoes via Call it Spring, Choker by Uncuffed Leather