If there's one fabric which is synonymous with dining and decadence, it has to be velvet. Whether it's the crimson covering of a royal robe or the adornment on an 18th-century socialite's gown, this regal fabric has a long history of cavorting with the upper echelons of society. Thankfully, these days, it's a trend that has been democratised due to the invention of high-street fashion, however, when worn, it can still give the wearer that regal aesthetic previously reserved for the elite.
We might not be attending masked balls, but velvet remains one of our go-to looks for pitch-perfect party style, and with New Year's Eve coming up, it's safe to say we're in full outfit search mode. There's so much to choose from: Think velvet blazers, trousers, skirts, dresses and accessories—all in a plethora of colourways. Every single one, whether £50 or £350, is guaranteed to look expensive.
So what's on our velvet wishlist this season? Ghost has diverted from its usual silken styles for a collection of chic velvet pieces—just look at the neckline of Nicole Ocran's stunning red midi. We also have so much time for velvet tailoring, and a green suit is a perfect alternative to a fancy frock. However, if you're just looking for a cute top to throw on with jeans, scroll down to shop our velvet blouse edit, including a striking velvet body from Ami Muse Studio, which would look so cool with high-waisted colour-matching trousers. Scroll down to see and shop our edit.