Lately we have been noticing a luxurious new trend sneaking to the forefront of fashion: velvet. Ready to take the spotlight once again, this lush fabric has been seen on stars from Rachel Bilson through to Alexa Chung and is the perfect way to give your look a sophisticated and sexy touch.
Harking back to the 14th century, velvet has a long history as an opulent fabric. Despite its less than modern reputation, some of our favorite fashion muses have managed to work the fabric into their closets– from pairing a chic velvet blazer with skinny jeans and pumps to throwing a bohemian bolero over a long shirt – with results that are current, contemporary and totally chic.
While some may remember the drab looks of the eighties, velvet has been given a fresh, modern touch by many designers this season. The looks on the runway were usually finished with added effects like cut-outs, draping and quilting, with Christopher Kane, Giorgia Armani and D&G all opting for this lavish look.
Whether you try a structured jacket like Rachel Bilson or a slouchy bolero like Sienna Miller, the wonderful thing about velvet is that it can be worn with just about anything: from a tulle dress to a sequined blazer to an extra-small moto jacket, the opulent fabric only adds to your look. Though many of our favorite pieces were skintight and sleek, velvet’s soft silhouette makes it the perfect fabric for slouchier styles, like harem pants and draped skirts. Generally speaking velvet is best when worn in rich, jewel tones, like ruby and amethyst, or neutral hues, like a pale beige or black.
Velvet fabrics are perfectly suited to the fall/winter months. When it comes to dresses, both Alexa Chung (far right) and Lauren Conrad (second from right) opted for draped styles that are easily paired with tough, rock-chic jackets.
Alexa Chung chose to work a floral, velvet dress with a draped cut, layering it under a cropped motorcycle jacket. Betsey Johnson’s Floral Velvet Mini ($268) has a similar array of deep, floral colors. Meanwhile, Lauren Conrad opted for a velvet mini dress in a shimmery, pale silver fabric. Topshop’s Velvet Skater Dress ($80) will give you an understated option, perfect for pairing with a sequined blazer.
If you prefer the thought of a romper over a dress, both of the aforementioned labels have a one-piece romper that is sure to satisfy. Try Betsey Johnson’s Victorian Velvet Jumper ($298) or Topshop’s Velvet Bow Playsuit ($125).
For those that prefer separates to one-pieces, a velvet skirt is an ideal choice. L’ Autre Chose’s Mini Skirt ($145) comes in three plush jewel tones: amethyst, ruby and sapphire. Paired with a plain tee, this mini skirt is sure to stand out. Similarly, Jill Stuart’s Virgnia Skirt ($278) perfects the draped look that was seen on the catwalk and is perfect when paired with a simple top that sets off its opulent look.
As we move into the colder months and wearing a dress or skirt becomes impossible, a pair of velvet pants is the go-to item. Ralph Lauren’s Velvet Skinny Pant ($148) is the ideal choice for the girl who likes a sleek, refined look, especially when paired with a white button-up shirt and a boyfriend blazer. Meanwhile, True Royal’s Casual Pants ($138), with their flared fit and deep tones, are great when paired with a tight bodysuit and a cropped blazer.
Finally, our celebrity muses were definitely on the right track when they selected velvet jackets to go with their outfits. Sienna Miller opted for a velvet and lace bolero, layering it with a button down shirt for a touch of bohemian-luxe. For a similar look, we like Forever21’s Velvet Ruffle Bolero ($14.80) in burgundy or emerald. Rachel Bilson’s purple embroidered jacket, worn over a tulle dress in bright gold, added a gypsy vibe to her outfit. Lucky Brand’s Peacock Velvet Bolero ($169) has that same, vagabond quality that is the perfect piece for dressing up or down.
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