4 WAYS TO WEAR THE VELVET TREND

Velvet is enjoying a style renaissance as the fabric of the season. Here's how to work the celebs new favourite trend…

1. THE VELVET DRESS

Forget the 80s power sleeves and cheap crushed velvet of your formative years – this seasons velvet dresses are the last word in glamour. Velvet adds a rich depth to go-to autumn colours like black, burgundy and midnight blue, which is why velvet dresses look so luxurious. Gillian Anderson shows that for after-dark, the key is to let a velvet dress take centre stage by keeping accessories simple, while Mel C makes her velvet LBD day friendly by wearing with androgynous studded flats. The ring detail on our blue midi mean it needs little accessorising, and the long blouson sleeves make it work for day too. Contrast textures by wearing with our snake print knee-high boots, and slip a skinny rib polo neck knit underneath to further dress it down. A true show-stopper that will work for Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and every occasion inbetween.

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2. THE VELVET TOP

As the temperatures drop, the thought of ditching our cosy knits for slinky evening tops becomes less and less appealing. That’s where a velvet top comes in. The thick fabric works wonders at keeping you warm, even when in the form of off-the-shoulder or sleeveless styles. Try our on-trend Bardot neckline velvet top tucked into our jacquard floral midi skirt, or with our black wide leg trousers to create a chic combo like The Saturdays’ Vanessa White. It’ll also update your staple skinny jeans for a more smart/casual affair.

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2. THE VELVET SKIRT

We’re big fans of a statement-making skirt, and easy-to-wear separates are a great way to work a hit of velvet into your wardrobe. Another versatile piece, look to Dita Von Teese and Nicola Roberts for inspiration on how to style a velvet skirt round the clock. Dita pairs hers with a chic sheer blouse and elegant heels, while Nicola dresses her red number down with a jersey tee, ankle boots and classic leather biker. Both women score style points for clashing contrasting textures against the velvet hero-piece – Dita with chiffon and Nicola with leather. Follow their lead by wearing our A-line midi skirt with our lace scalloped top or metallic t-shirt. The ring belt is another trend-ticking detail – now you just need to decide between classic black or rich midnight blue.

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4. THE VELVET BOOTS

Step into party season in style with the most-wanted boots of the season. One of the easiest ways to work the velvet trend, a pair of velvet boots will look as good with trusty denim for a downtime look – see jewellery designer Jennifer Fisher’s kick-flare and bomber combo – as they do with a beautiful in evening dress – case in point magazine editor Caroline Issa’s floral number. In the richest red velvet, add a statement circular heel into the mix and our boots are guaranteed to cause widespread shoe envy.

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