Velvet is in serious revival mode. Gone are the days of tacky puff sleeves and ill-fitting eighties silhouettes. The new velvet is chic, luxurious & making the biggest comeback for the upcoming autumn/winter season. Looking to rock the ultra in-style velvet trend but don’t know how? I know it can be tricky, especially because velvet can go bad so quickly. When done right, it can look glam & trendy, but it can also look like your grandma’s antique drapes just as easily. With all the celebs, bloggers, designers and street style stars embracing this fabric in everything from accessories to clothing to shoes, you know this is a trend thats here to stay for at least a couple of seasons. Fortunately for you, I’ve found some of the best velvet styles available online to help you get your toes wet, and with a few pointers on how to style them, you’ll easily be the best dressed out of your entire crew. Read on for everything you need to know (and click directly on any of the links to buy!).
First things first, velvet looks best in darker, jewel tones or in some cases certain shades of pastels & neutrals. Stay away from neon or primary colours in bright hues such as lime green, cherry red or lemon yellow, as they instantly look tacky. Second, velvet comes in shiny versions, and versions that are slightly more matte. Both can look nice depending on the detailing of the piece, but it should be a nice quality fabric that doesn’t pull apart or leave fibres everywhere like your dogs fur. Third, there are all kinds of thicknesses available in this fabric, from very heavy mostly used for winter wear, to thinner velvet which works for our hot, humid Indian climate. Consider the weather when purchasing thicker velvet because it’s known to be extremely warm. Fourth, you should always let velvet be the standout piece in your outfit while keeping everything else subdued and minimal. If you’re new to this trend you don’t really want to be mixing velvet with a whole mess of other colours, textures, prints etc as your outfit will look cluttered & confused. However in certain cases velvet looks great alongside silk, embroidery, denim, lace and even when it’s printed. If you feel up to experimenting with it then just mix and match till it feels right.
Here are some of my favourite velvet pieces for a variety of budgets (roughly ranging from Rs 1000- 15,000) available online at the moment, and exactly how to style them for maximum bang.
1.The definition of a perfect Little Black Dress. This is a piece that will never ever go out of style, ladies. Wear with diamond studs in the ears, black stilettos, and red lips for timeless elegance. Neha Taneja at Pernia’s Pop Up Shop.
2.This jewel green pleated midi skirt is dainty & cool, plus it makes you want to twirl around forever. Paired with black like the images below makes it formal, but a graphic t-shirt, leather jacket and ankle boots transforms you to the ultimate badass babe. Even though its made for tall ladies, average height women can wear it perfectly too (just factor in a little extra length). Get it on Asos.
3.Whats cuter than a black velvet kitty bag? Nothing, the answer is nothing. Purrrchase it on Asos and release your inner feline.
4.So classic, so demure, so sexy. Date night won’t know what hit it. Available in 3 delicious colours here.
5.Keep it casual & cool in everyones favourite off-shoulder cut. Wear day or night. Available at The Label Life.
6.A velvet and pearl choker may seem over the top, but really its just about as pretty as it gets. It can be worn with a classic outfit like the first Neha Taneja dress for true blue lady vibes, or leather, boots and dark purple lipstick to take you to the streets of London. On Asos.
7.Dance the night away in these midnight blue velvet platforms. Comfort, style & the perfect amount of shine all in one glorious shoe. Super delightful with your fave pair of jeans. Buy them here.
8.A burgundy coloured playsuit perfectly compliments the glass of wine in your hand on a Friday night. Wear with stacked heels and layers of delicate gold jewellery. Get it, girl.
9.Navy velvet, a low back, and a sexy peekaboo cowl neck make for a hot as hell combination. Shop this piece on Asos.
10.The best burnt orange autumn colour in soft, slinky, luxurious velvet. Thigh high slits and a bare back add extra glamour. Tousled wavy hair and brown smokey eyes complete the look. Buy now.
12.The iridescent blue sheen on this form fitting number hits all the right notes. I would pair this with strappy nude heels & oversized chandelier earrings. Order it from Nordstrom.
13.Who said tuxedos are only for the boys? Adding black & white accessories make this a clear winner for a night out. Also available at Nordstrom.
14.If the night sky was a dress. This sultry, strappy back velvet gown will turn every single head. Pair with your sexiest walk and winged eyeliner. Buy from Deme by Gabriella.
15.Saturday night dancing shoes. Need I say anymore? Let your feet do the talking. Available on Amazon.
16.For those days when you want to feel like an old Hollywood movie star a la Brigitte Bardot. Shop it here.
17.Butterflies make any day a little brighter. Pair with whites, nudes & pastels for enviable daytime style. From Asos.
18.Mustard block heels in a velvet+suede finish = zero walking issues. Comfort for a busy day when you want some height & a fun pop of colour. At The Label Life.
19.The harness detailing on this velvet bodysuit adds Kardashian-esque sex appeal. Wear with high waisted pants or a skirt. Asos to the rescue again.
20.Persia Qureshi Label is always great for figure flattering formal dresses, and this maroon beauty is no exception. Perfect for wedding season. The diamond pin is not included (I prefer the dress without it anyway). Shop this on Pernia’s Pop Up Shop.
21.Another contender for wedding season, this metallic khakhi pleated dress is made for dancing & champagne drinking. Topshop for Nordstrom.
22.Black high waisted pants go with everything & everyone knows it. Velvet updates a classic. Get these from Koovs.
23.Pastel pink court shoes will seamlessly take you from office meeting to drinks with the girls. Buy at Asos.
24.Your inner 90’s babe is gonna be super happy about this high waist, button up skirt. Best with a white T and white sneakers for fresh as f*** style. Get it on Myntra.
25.Velvet doesn’t always have to ladylike, sometimes it can be ultra cool too. Cold shoulders and pleats elevate this jumpsuit from basic to best dressed list worthy. Shop here.
26.Electric blue booties, ripped shorts and your fave band t-shirt are THE ingredients for picture perfect music festival style. On Asos.
27.One for the Indian side of velvet. Adding this gold embroidered box clutch on a simple black saree transforms you to a mod maharani. Pernia’s Pop Up Shop.
28.Tie up necklines are sooooo in style now. Snag this dress from Amazon.
29.This dramatic choker blends pretty & punk with the addition of the skull pendant & maroon velvet ribbon. A statement piece that shouldn’t be paired with any other jewellery. Valliyan by Nitya Arora on Pernia’s Pop Up Shop.
30.Deep lavender & muted purple shades are everything, and the plunge neck is extremely flattering on women with a smaller bust. Get it from Tobi.
I hope you found inspiration for how to wear the hottest trend of autumn/winter & maybe even decided to shop some of the pieces I curated especially for you. Send us pictures of you in your favourite velvet pieces (email@example.com) to get featured on the blog! Now go swathe yourself in the comfiest fabric there is and be right on trend for the upcoming season! More posts on all things travel & style coming soon! xxx
Jasleen Gill is a fashion & celebrity stylist, model, and blogger currently residing in Mumbai, India.READ MORE