Last Spring, when the Autumn shows took place and models were sent down the catwalk all Austin Powers chic, it was clear that velvet was going to be a thing.
Wearing velvet has the potential to make you feel really dressed up, perfect for the party season. I still associate velvet with Christmas and birthday parties. I vividly remember my mum dressing me up in a little green number and the memory of how this dress made me feel has stuck with me.
As an adult, no longer relying on my mum to dress me for parties, I put the idea of velvet into the Trends I Won’t Be Trying category, along with lace up knee-high boots and fur loafers. But after seeing a particularly beautiful velvet dress in Whistles window, I have reconsidered and now sit firmly in the pro-velvet camp.
Now a full time supporter, I can say with hand on heart that velvet is indeed a wonderful thing: sumptuous and luxurious, it is the fabric of red wine, dark lipstick, Film Noir and after-dark cocktails.
A little bit of velvet can spruce up any old pair of jeans or tailored trousers and turn a plain t-shirt into something distinctly more interesting.
It is also perfect teamed with fine-knit jumpers with a V, boat or crew neck. Skinny, straight or kick-flare jeans with a low heel or trainers. Or with a pyjama-style shirt, which when worn with tux trousers, makes a nice take on a trouser suit.
My Christmas party season has started, so I took my own velvet vow and wore this amazing little Primark (?!) number to add some festive sparkle.
Top – Primark (similar here)
Shorts – Topshop (similar here)
Boots – All Saints (similar here)
Coat – New Look
Hat – H&M