Styling tips: How to wear velvet (come rain or shine)
By WGSN Insider

The controversial fabric is actually perfect no matter what the weather is doing, it’s time to embrace it. WGSN reports

Aug 18, 2016
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For many of us, plush velvet is a fabric that should only be seen around late October in time for Halloween, but this season the catwalks have reclaimed the fabric as well as high-street retailers too.

Velvet can be rocked late summer, all the way into the following spring, you just have to style it right. For late summer, opt for autumnal reds or deep blue dresses teamed with a thin knit sweater or classic white tee and sandals.

Then for A/W16 velvet will be the fabric du jour, but rather than heavy and overbearing, look out for the elegant velvet as seen on the Milan catwalks in the form of softly tailored outerwear, creating loungewear-inspired silhouettes with a refined appeal. You can opt for a full relaxed suit, or dip your toes into the trend with one key piece like a velvet trucker jacket. And whether your budget is high end luxury or high-street, there are options for you:

 

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Dorothy Perkins velvet dress

 

Topshop Unique AW16 launching August 24th

Topshop Unique AW16 launching August 24th

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Topshop Unique AW16 launching August 24th

 

Velvet on the Alberta Ferretti Milan catwalk

Velvet on the Alberta Ferretti Milan catwalk

 

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Asos does velvet menswear for AW16

 

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Elizabeth and James

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Rebecca Taylor statement dress

 

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See by Chloé_

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Veronica Beard

 

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N P Elliott

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Guess velvet jacket

 

Want more styling ideas? Check out our blog on How to wear black clothes all summer long.

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