Velvet outfits are your answer for achieving instant, effortless glamour this party season.
As a fabric, velvet has timeless appeal, elevating dresses, suits, and separates with its luxe look and feel. There’s a subtle sumptuousness and decadence to it, making clothes look effortlessly smart, while also being a warm and comfortable fabric to wear, especially in winter.
Here’s how to style velvet into your wardrobe and the best pieces to buy now before they sell out…
When it gets cold, velvet trousers are a smart option (in all senses) for day-to-night outfits, as a wintry alternative to wearing jeans and a nice top. They’ll look chic and keep you snug (and smug) too.
Velvet blazers are also a great investment for your winter wardrobe. They’ll effortlessly elevate a dinner and drinks outfit as a chic layer for wearing over the top of a blouse, silky cami, or even a satin slip dress.
If, like me, you’re picturing that Parisian je ne sais quoi kind of blazer look, I’d recommend a blazer style that’s structured on the shoulders, slightly fitted at your waist, and then skims across the back of your bottom or below. The original YSL Le Smoking tuxedo jacket did come from Paris, after all, so it’s the best place to turn for your styling inspiration.
If you’re stepping up your styling for a wow moment, then a velvet suit is forever iconic. This year for the autumn/winter runways, designers were championing tailored blazers with a looser velvet trouser fit.
Velvet mini dresses
For ultimate luxe, I love a velvet party dress. Wear with sheer patterned tights and platform heels and you’ll be party ready. All these options come in a range of sizes – New Look has size 18 to 32, River Island size 6 to 28 and Zara’s XS to XXL.
Velvet evening dresses
Black velvet outfits will always look classic and chic, so keep it in mind when you’re looking for a smart and stylish evening dress in winter. From slip dresses to wrap around dresses, you can rely on velvet’s soft draping for a flattering look.
Velvet midi dresses
If you’d like to find a dress that you can get multiple wears from then you’ll love velvet midis like these below. Dress them up with heels for a smart dos and get togethers or wear them with knee high boots on weekends or to the office.
Another alternative to wearing jeans and a nice top is switching out your trousers for a velvet mini skirt or midi skirt. To complete the outfit, tuck in a pretty blouse, or wear with a roll neck or a chunky knit. Then, add knee high boots, stompy boots or comfy heels and tights depending on the occasion.
Party shoes and accessories
When party season really gets going, it’s time for velvet accessories to re-appear. How cute are these platform heels and hair bows?