It feels as if velvet never really left the high street. It has been everywhere since the trend started, taking on any form of clothing with designers trying to think of new ways to make it great again. However, this Autumn, velvet doesn’t seem as tired and boring as it may have seemed in the past; velvet has now taken on a new vibrancy and life that will bring excitement to your wardrobe.
It is rare to find a trend that can take on so many forms, and that is why it has remained popular for so long. Whether it is a dress perfect for a festive party, or pair of shoes to liven up an outfit, wearing velvet will always add an eye catching element to your style. As well as this, it is also useful for adding an extra layer of warmth as the days get colder. Polo necks and cozy puffer jackets can also be found in this material, affirming its versatility in the fashion industry.
This Autumn/Winter, velvet has taken on new heights. Rather than being seen in just plain black or other subdued tones, bright pinks, blues and metallic have been lining the clothes rails. There is also brocaded and patterned velvet, velvet pieces with a sheer element and tops with scarf detailing.
Possibly the best feature of this trend is that each item of clothing can be very easily dressed up or down. Velvet has the ability to look incredibly sophisticated and create a sense of drama, but can also be very easily worn casually. Velvet has been elevated so as not to seem just a fad to be worn over the holiday season, but a trend that will keep on giving way past the new year
Pink Crushed Velvet Wrap Bodysuit, Nobody’s Child, £20.
This fuchsia bodysuit can add drama to your denim. The bright velvet delivers texture as well as colour to an outfit, making a statement with minimum effort. For daytime, pair with light wash denim, such as boyfriend jeans, and a large, cozy coat. For the evening, a leather skirt and heeled black boots would add the perfect amount of edge to the bright pink. The long sleeves also provide an added bonus of warmth, which definitely does not go amiss as the cold is drawing in quickly.
Hooded Sweatshirt, Zara, £17.99.
A sweatshirt is the perfect layering piece and therefore essential for Autumn. In this case, the emerald green velvet brings a touch of elegance and sophistication to your average hoodie, and the practicality makes it an effortless way to incorporate the velvet trend into your everyday wardrobe.
Teal Velvet Ankle Boot, New Look, available on ASOS, £29.99.
If you want to dip your toe into the trend, then try velvet footwear. The high street is awash with velvet shoes. This can be a pair of trainers, or high heels, or most popularly, ankle boots. This pair from New Look are in a really unique colour and will definitely provide some vibrancy to an outfit.
Wide Velvet Trousers, H&M, £29.99.
This deep green is a popular colour at the moment, and as well as being Autumnal, it also proves itself to be a very festive green. You could even style it with the Zara hoodie also shown, as a velvet two piece is also very on trend. With the Christmas party season ahead of us, these trousers could be worn with silver heels and glitter camisole to dazzle on the dance floor.
– Claudia Lace