An all-time favourite fabric for the colder seasons, velvet is making a huge comeback for Autumn/Winter 2017.
Due to its unusual look and texture, velvet is a bit like marmite in the fashion world. To put it quite frankly: sometimes you love it and sometimes you hate it. A lot of fashionistas struggle with how to freshen up velvet for a new season; however, there are always different ways that you can rock it according to the latest fashion trends.
That being said, here’s how to wear velvet this A/W 17.
Wear it head to toe!
If you’re feeling brave and usually like to invest in velvet when it’s in season, one of the hottest ways that you can wear it this A/W 17 is from head to toe.
Whether it’s in the form of a jumpsuit or multiple separates, you can take inspiration from designers such as Alonova Kiev and Sabinna who featured velvet in abundance across their A/W 17 catwalks. Simply combine your velvet ensemble with metallic accessories and heeled shoes to create a sassy and striking look for any Christmas event or smart casual occasion.
Put a bit of sparkle on it!
Following on from this season’s 70’s disco fever trend, velvet has been given a contemporary twist with a touch of shimmer and sparkle.
After sequin boots were showcased on designer catwalks such as Chanel, and metallic outfits in excess were seen at shows like Michael Kors, we love the fact that velvet has also been given a bit of glitter treatment. Throw on your sparkly velvet dress with a bit of bling and statement heels to create the ideal fun and frivolous party attire this season.
Pick seasonal hues!
Most fashionistas tend to stick with classic black or navy when it comes to velvet, but what about those other dreamy seasonal hues that are on trend this A/W 17? We’re talking chartreuse, burgundy, and mustard yellow, to name a few! There’s nothing stopping you from being a little bit more experimental with your colour palette of choice when it comes to rocking velvet this season.
We recommend that you pick one accent colour and pair it with black or metallics depending on the occasion. For instance, you could wear a burgundy velvet tea dress with black opaque tights, black boots and a black satchel bag to create a cute, wintry look for a casual affair. Alternatively, you could wear a chartreuse velvet maxi dress with gold jewellery, gold shoes and a gold clutch bag to stand out for all the right reasons at your office Christmas party.
Consider key pieces!
If you’re not into the head-to-toe look, simply incorporate velvet into your wardrobe by choosing just one key piece that relates to A/W 17 trends. The androgynous blazer, for example, is the key piece of the moment when it comes to womenswear. There are currently plenty of velvet options available on the high street.
The great thing about a velvet blazer is that it can be dressed up over a black jumpsuit, or down over a white cami top and jeans, depending on the occasion.
Opt for an accessory or shoe!
If you’re feeling a bit shy when it comes to velvet, then you can simply nod to the trend through a velvet shoe or some kind of accessory. You can also pick dark, understated colours, like black or midnight blue, which won’t showcase the fabric as prominently as lighter hues.
Alternatively, you can pair a mustard yellow or chartreuse shoe with the same colour handbag and a black outfit – and let your accessories take centre stage this A/W 17.
Whether you opt for a full velvet ensemble, or just nod to the trend with footwear or accessories, velvet is an Autumn/Winter fabric that refuses to go away. It can also be rather versatile and adaptable, in accordance with the colours and the styles of the moment.
Velvet is tricky one to get your head around; however, once you find an outfit in this fabric that works for you, we guarantee that you’ll be wearing it for many seasons to come.