Velvet is to fall what florals are to spring. The plush, baroque-referencing fabric has always been a mainstay of the season. Still, when swathed in the rich material you do run the risk of feeling like a seventeenth-century monarch — or worse, an extra from Broadway’s A Christmas Carol — so keep this styling tip in mind: the best way to wear velvet clothing and accessories is to incorporate them in fun, unexpected ways.
For instance, for Fall 2017, Warm designers Winnie Beattie and Tracy Feith used velvet to glam up sporty ensembles, pairing ruffled hoodies with flouncy velvet pants and fancy velvet tracksuits with diamond-embellished flats. In a daring nine-to-five look, Aquilano Rimondi layered a blue velvet party dress over a prim button-down, cinching the waist with a wide statement belt. Knee-length velvet hoodies and smoky velvet trenches walked at Paul & Joe. At Tadashi Shoji, velvet and lace dresses came in shocking fuchsia. Hot pink crushed velvet mules likewise stole the show at Tibi — apparently, designers hope to stave off our seemingly imminent velvet fatigue by turning the color saturation way, way up.
Pshhh. As if we could ever tire of velvet. Annoying as it is to clean, the material instantly adds texture, interest and a touch of opulence to any outfit. And so we’re constantly updating our velvet clothing assortment.
…As should you, by clicking through the slideshow above, wherein, yet again, we’ve rounded up our favorite velvet clothing and accessories for fall.