Don’t Listen to the Haters—You Can Wear Velvet in the Daytime

Out of all the fabrics in all the world, velvet has got to be the most decadent. I don't know about you, but I tend to associate it with royal regalia, aristocratic smoking jackets, ornate furnishings and, of course, the extrovert gowns of the '80s (surely the most OTT decade of all?). Fittingly, it saw a comeback for 2018's party season, with throwback creations cropping up across the board—spangled, thigh-flashing numbers that were born to hit the dance floor after-dark. Not the most obvious daytime fabric of choice. However, if the sequin trend is anything to go by, the lines between "evening" and "daytime" are starting to blur.

You may have already stowed away that velvet dress or blazer for your next party, but as we're champions of the "wear-more-than-once" approach to fashion, I'm going to show you how to make these pieces work for the daytime. In the spirit of sustainability, I've decided to wear pieces I already own (alongside a few bits borrowed from colleagues); however, I have included similar pieces you can shop below. The more I experimented, the more I realised how perfect velvet is for adding that certain je ne sais quoi to an outfit: It can elevate simple separates in a way that few fabrics can. Scroll down to see and shop my velvet outfits.