No longer reserved for the holiday party circuit, velvet has transcended its reputation as being traditional or trendy, showing up well before winter and lending itself to styles that range from edgy-cool to utterly classic. Starting with chic and show-stopping dresses—the blue velvet Self Portrait gown above is available from 20twelve in Memphis, Tennessee; the silver velvet Hazel Brown maxi dress is available from Verdalina in Richmond, Virginia—here are five simple and stylish ways to wear velvet right now.
Velvet shoes are perfect for adding a luxe touch to any look. Two options that will take your outfit to the next level: the Jimmy Choo Romy Pump 60 available from Coplon’s in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Sam Edelman Taye heeled ankle bootie available from The Shoe Box in Richmond, Virginia (for details: 804.288.2303).
The velvet blazer has been a favorite fall/winter piece for years now, but the peacock hue of the Self Portrait version as seen on Little Rock, Arkansas-based B. Barnett’s Instagram gives the classic staple a fresh twist. Swapping your standard black jacket for a moto silhouette in a feminine shade of pink a la the Rebecca Taylor velvet moto jacket in Iris available from McKenzie Claire is another inventive way to incorporate velvet into your outerwear to stylish effect.
The perfect way to finish off a fall outfit? An accessory in the season’s must-have material. Try the on-trend Lizzie Fortunato Dusty Floral Choker available from Hampden in Charleston, South Carolina (top), the eye-catching Lizzie Fortunato Amber Savanna necklace available from Scarpa in Charlottesville, Virginia (right), or the Brunello Cucinelli Mini Velvet Crossbody Bag available from Marissa Collections in Naples, Florida the next time you want to instantly elevate your look.
While some may shy away from the notion of party pants, we say “yes, please.” For the faint of heart, we recommend M.I.H. Jeans’s Bridget Jean in black velvet available from McKenzie Claire in Charlotte, North Carolina (left), while sartorially adventurous souls can be inspired by the (sadly sold out) Vintage 1960S Louis Feraud Paris burgundy velvet pants from Dear Society in Kansas City, Missouri.