Ways to wear velvet
My mother clears out her wardrobe from time to time which means that my sisters and me are totally keen on scanning her “old” clothes and checking out which vintage pieces we want to incorporate in our wardrobe. A year ago I got a long straight cut velvet skirt with a long vent on the side in dark red from her.
I asked myself so many times how to wear it and didn’t be brave enough. But now, there’s no doubt that velvet is one of the most celebrated fabrics this season and I started to check my wardrobe again for possible options.
While velvet is always present during these months, this time around it's not all about formally dressing it up or wearing it strictly for the holiday parties to come—the luxe texture is also great for everyday outfits as well. Check out my tips and tricks about how to wear velvet outfits without looking over the top!
Velvet has the potential to look elegant, sophisticated, and smart – but it also has the potential to look cheap or even trashy. So, when velvet fashion is worn right, it’s luscious and can be a total winning look for whatever occasion you’re wearing it for. So you need to know exactly how to wear velvet in the most successful way possible.
You want to get a glimpse of royal style with your velvet outfit? Velvet fashion looks most sophisticated and elegant in rich jewel hues.
Stick to the deeper shades, because more than likely they’re your best bet for a stunning velvet fashion moment! Black velvet is a classic go-to shade, but really don’t be afraid to play around in the jewel department, with deep blues and emerald greens, bold reds and luscious pinks!
Those colors are typical for elegant evening wear. From velvet suits to chic velvet dresses, boots or jackets, you can style this fabric for almost every evening occasion.
The velvet dress was seen at its most feminine on this year’s runways. You can go playful and short with dresses containing embellishments like velvet ruffles, or you can go luxurious and sleek with straightforward velvet making up the body of the dress.
You don’t need to worry too much about accessorizing a velvet dress, because the fabric is a wow piece in itself: Just toss on a pair of complementary shoes, grab a simple clutch, and maybe add on something like a scarf or a simple piece of jewelry to add a little something extra depending on the dress. For example, a daring velvet dress with a plunging neckline would be paired well with a simple necklace.
But velvet can also look professional! Suiting made in the plush fabric may sound a bit odd, but it can make for some killer velvet blazers! Add to the sophistication by pairing a velvet blazer with a silk top; you’ll have two luscious fabrics next to each other for a totally rich and luxurious look.
Velvet fashion is also applicable to other outerwear. Coats are a great way to go if you don’t want to feel stuck in the fabric throughout your day, and it’s even one of the most striking and luxurious iterations of velvet. It’s easy, because you can wear it over any style of outfit without worrying about overpowering anything. Try a velvet coat or blazer paired with your everyday suits when you’re going into work– it can really make your day get a little bit more comfortable!
Suits and dresses are two of the most striking garment types that come up with the velvet trend, but velvet fashion really reaches into all aspects of fashion.
You can find things like velvet shorts and casual, oversized tops which gives you the opportunity to make fabulous edgy looks by pairing it with fishnets (another trend for the season). Velvet also looks beautiful in daywear settings such as velvet sweaters or casual dresses.
I like most to style an easy cut velvet dress in layer look with a sleek t-shirt underneath.
Paired with boots and a denim jacket you’ll create the perfect rock glam look. Although it’s easy to find daywear pieces in crushed velvet it’ easy for even expensive designs to look cheap if the velvet is crinkled, so try to opt for smooth velvet. The essential piece in pulling off a cool velvet daywear ensemble is a sporty T-shirt, such as a vintage adidas tee, which, as it turns out, is actually a whole other trend itself (see the article about slogan t-shirts).
When it comes to accessories, velvet chokers have been in for a while. But one of the best velvet fashion accessories you’ll be able to find, though, is a velvet handbag.
But be careful: Don’t pair a velvet bag with a velvet dress or jumpsuit since this may totally look over the top.
My favorite are velvet boots or sneakers. Be a real fashionista by tossing on a pair of platform heels with velvet or some nice ankle boots in dark red or blue.
These are super easy to insert into your daily wardrobe, because a pair of these really just calls for a simple outfit like dark wash denim jeans and a simple top.
In general, be careful with styling velvet outfits and use it to bring out the main points of your look but don’t overdo it. Stick to a piece or two, depending on the outfit, and don’t go past that! A velvet dress or a velvet two-piece suit is perfectly acceptable, but don’t add in velvet accessories or shoes on top of that, or else you might come off as way too overzealous.
If the only velvet you’re wearing is in your shoes and accessories, stick to the footwear and one or two accessories to add some luxury to your looks. Any more than that and you’re already beginning to trivialize your whole look.
As you see, velvet fashion doesn’t need to be a difficult trend, as long as you know just how to wear velvet! Velvet is just an all-around fun fabric, and there are so many different ways you can wear it, so there’s no harm in having some fun and figuring out what looks the best for you! I hope you’ve got the idea of how easily velvet can transfer from day to night.
Last but not least, the best thing about velvet is that you can make your man join you! The fashion velvet trend is also suitable for men: velvet blazers and suit coats are actually one of the most luxurious fabrics for semi-formal attire, especially in jewel tones. If you want to start easily check out velvet ties or tie bars added to a simple suit.
To end the story of my dark red velvet skirt: I styled it with fishnet tights, white platform sneakers and an easy going t-shirt with a denim jacket. Love the look!