How to Wear Velvet and Feel Totally Casual

by Olivia Lidbury

There’s no escaping autumn’s biggest trend—but how to actually wear velvet on the regular? We can be all too quick to associate it with Christmas party dressing and goth subcultures, but it’s geniunely enjoying something of a casual revolution.

Luxury brands Valentino, Sonia Rykiel and Erdem are just a handful of the big names that reconsidered the textile for daywear, often in refreshingly bright colourways such as canary yellow and fuchsia pink. There were tailored suits and dresses designed to work from day through to night in abundance. 

So how do you take something that’s strongly embedded in evening wear and make it suitable for daylight hours? First, keeping an open mind and parking everything you think you know about velvet is a good place to start. We’ve scrutinised some of the world’s chicest women to decode velvet’s rebirth—because there is no shortage of girls who have already gotten on board.

Scroll through the gallery below for styling inspiration on how to wear velvet and where to buy this season’s most luxe pieces.

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