Ways to wear velvet

Jenessa Williams

We explore all the ways to wear this opulent fabric during the festive season

Festive, warming and a little bit luxurious, velvet should be your go-to fabric this party season. A little more mature than sequins or glitter, velvet speaks of opulence and glamour. Whatever your body type, occasion or budget, here are five ways to incorporate velvet into your wardrobe. 

 

Gold, Frankincense and Myhrr 

Make like a wise man and embrace the rich jewel tones so popular this season. 

A velvet suit may seem like a lavish purchase, but you’ll be surprised at its versatility—sport the trousers with a classic t-shirt or smarten up for the evening with a simple camisole top and contrasting coat thrown over your shoulders. 

Choose your colour palette wisely with your accessories. The key is to play within a muted palette, and choose items that compliment the overall sense of tone rather than full clash. 

 

Pink party

Follow the call of the disco ball…this look is all about texture. Velvet trousers against a sequin jacket creates the ultimate party look, with hints of gold coming through jewellery and shoes. 

Top off with a hot pink lip and a good-sized clutch bag, and you’re ready to go— perfect for office parties, December date-nights or the big day itself. 

 

All is calm, all is bright

Yellow doesn’t have to stay in summer…golden toned velvet can look particularly regal without the traditional costume look that may come from a similar garment in red or green. 

Surprisingly practical, this outfit allows for plenty of warmth—a cashmere knit tucked into a cable knit skirt will keep things cosy, while remaining fashion-forward.

Of course, Christmas should be all about fun. Add a touch of whimsy with an embellished bag or shoe. Or of course, both—‘tis the season after all. 

 

Christmas wrapping

Velvet right from your shoulders to your heels—keep top to toe velvet dressing on the right side of style with a dark wrap dress and lighter boots, designed to contour and elongate. 

Add some sharpness with matte accessories for balance. A grained leather handbag, cat-eye sunglasses and delicate necklaces should all be on your wishlist. 

 

Black as coal

If your December calendar is looking more “errand-runner” than “prancing reindeer”, keep things simple with a nearly all-black outfit. Velvet slip dresses layer well over more basic or thermal tops for daytime, with a quick whip-off of the under layer should a party invitation drop in last minute. 

Complete the look with staple rock’n’roll accessories. A studded handbag and boots plus dark shades will hide any seasonal excess. Should you require a tiny injection of colour, a pink leather jacket should do the job, carrying you right through until springtime.