How to Wear Velvet

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How to wear Velvet

With the Spring Summer 2017 drop descending upon us hard and fast, it should be easy for us to get into the mindset of ankle-skimming jeans and lightweight tops.

But the reality, here in London anyway, is that it’s frickin’ freezing.

While we make the transition from cold to – well – less cold, it seems only appropriate to embrace one of Autumn Winter’s most coveted trends and carry it forward into the New Year – Viva la velvet!

There’s no need to cringe when you rub it the wrong way. Velvet is your friend. Wear it right and you’ll look slick. Wear it wrong and you’ll look like the oldest member of the cast in a bad soap opera.

HOW TO WEAR IT

For him

Take cues from George Harrison with a button-down jacket and shirt-tie combination. Don’t be afraid to be bold with your colours. Choose rich, opulent shades over lighter, in-your-face hues for a sharp look with a rock and roll aesthetic.

Feeling the nineties trend? Choose an oversized college bomber. Layer with a white tee and black jeans or pair with a buttoned up checkered shirt to bring the mod look into the 21st Century.

If you’re not ready for the velvet suit, swap your shoes for velvet loafers and pair them with dark jeans or cropped trousers. Patterned velvet adds further detail while still retaining its edge.

L-R: Geroge Harrison, Saint Laurent, Zara, Haider Ackermann
L-R: George Harrison, Saint Laurent, Zara, Haider Ackermann
Renzo Loafer for him by Hudson London

For her

The changing fashion calendar and the merge of men’s and women’s shows means the androgynous trend is more popular than ever. Get it right with a structured velvet blazer worn with cropped trousers or jeans and velvet loafers. Take tailoring tips from Teddy Girls – a style subculture that perfected the balance of sharp tailoring and on-the-go versatility.

If you’re feeling bold, trade the loafers for velvet trousers – just make sure to keep your fabric slim to the leg and never too skinny. Match your colours and choose deep hues that match your skin tone.

For a Spring Summer look (we remain hopeful), pair velvet boots with a lighter denim to help you make the transit into warmer climes.

 

L-R: Teddy Girl c.1955, Green Velvet Pantsuit, Jane Birkin, WhoWhatWear Editorial
L-R: Teddy Girl c.1955, Green Velvet Pantsuit, Jane Birkin, WhoWhatWear Editorial
L-R: Metta, Liberty Garnett, Apisi, Arianna by Hudson London
L-R: Metta, Liberty Garnett, Apisi, Arianna by Hudson London

 

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