There’s no denying that velvet is officially the “it” fabric of the season. This super-soft textile is equal parts elegant and cozy, and its signature look and feel blends perfectly into your fall and winter rotation. We’ve rounded up an on-trend wish list of the best pieces to add to your wardrobe now along with a few tips on how to style velvet for the months ahead.
How to Style Velvet: 10 Essentials Your Closet Demands
Have yourself a velvet crush? So do we… and these plush essentials have us falling head over heels.
1. Velvet Shoes
These boots are made for walking… and turning heads. Sport a pair of velvet ankle boots or pumps with cropped jeans or an A-line skirt, or style velvety over-the-knee boots with a short dress to highlight your stems.
2. A Velvet Blazer
Give your 9-to-5 staples a serious upgrade with the help of a plush take on menswear. Velvet elevates a jacket that’s borrowed from the boys with a feminine texture all its own. Layer it over a satin blouse, or keep it structured with crisp cotton button-downs.
3. A Velvet Party Dress
Talk about making an entrance. This luxe fabric is ideal for holiday get-togethers and special occasions with its decadent feel and opaque finish. Layer it with tights to keep your legs warm, or add satin heels for a touch of femininity. Alternatively, a faux-leather moto jacket gives this soft style some edge.
4. A Velvet Skirt
Midi, maxi, long, or short… there’s no wrong length for a velvet skirt. Choose any hemline that flatters, and wear this must-have style with anything and everything in your closet. A velvet pencil skirt adds elegance to your office basics, while a flirty skater skirt in a rich fall hue pairs with countless other colors and prints.
5. Velvet Pants
When you need a break from your black trousers but want something dressier than denim, velveteen pants are your go-to alternative. Stock up on dark, traditional hues for the most versatility, and choose a high-rise style to make your stems look miles long. Tuck a billowy blouse into belted velvet pants for a streamlined silhouette, or wear a kick-crop pair with ankle-strap heels for a modern presentation.
6. A Velvet Bow
A velvet hair bow is a wintry look that works like a dream to showcase a half-up, half-down hairstyle. Choose a generously sized bow that makes a statement, or keep your hair out of your face by rocking it as a headband. You can even wear a long design wrapped around your waist as a makeshift velvet belt.
7. A Velvet Purse
The right velvet clutch or handbag can break up a monotone ensemble, or it can add extra dimension to those creatively mixed prints. Choose a small, quilted design with a crossbody strap to go from day to night with ease.
8. A Velvet Top
Our tops get so much rotation, and it’s easy to get bored with those same-old neutral sweaters and work-ready blouses. Mix things up with a velvet top in a statement-making cut or hue. Jewel tones like sapphire and citrine instantly blend with your fall and winter palette, and they give new dimension to your favorite jeans and slacks.
9. Long Velvet Gloves
You know those cape coats with three-quarter sleeves that seem totally impractical but oddly appealing? Style them accordingly with long opera gloves in a velvety finish. This combination is seriously sophisticated, and you’ll look put-together in a flash.
10. A Velvet Coat
Of course, you can always just drape yourself in velvet instead. A one-and-done velvet topper is instantly chic with a hint of old-Hollywood glamour. Go for a long, printed design for a nod to bohemian style, or keep it simple with clean lines and a tailored fit. A quilted velvet bomber jacket elevates athleisure wear, while a vintage velvet dress coat can beautifully complement a retro-inspired collection.
Which of these velvet designs do you already own, and which ones do you plan to include on your holiday wish list? Choose your favorites in the comments section below!