This Is the Autumn Trend to Buy Now, Not Later

In fashion, there's a satisfying feeling when you become an early adopter of the next big trend. We can safely say that you'll see velvet everywhere come autumn, so why not start wearing it now, like Hailey Baldwin? Traditionally, the fabric has been a favourite in the depths of winter and party season, but it's received countless makeovers on the runways and the streets of late, so there's no reason to hold it hostage with a two month-only shelf-life each year.

So what's the best way to break out the velvet right now? We're keeping tabs how fashion's trendsetters—from It girls like Gigi Hadid to street style stars like Elena Perminova—are making it work now. Plus, since you can't wear the trend without doing a little shopping first, we picked out the best pieces that are available now and will continue to work hard well into the new season.

Are you ready to take this one on? Check out the inspiration and our must-have pieces below…

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Style Notes: Gilda Ambrosio's velvet maxi dress from Attico gets a daytime spin thanks to a casual top underneath.

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Style Notes: Velvet boots are an easy way to wear the trend in summer without feeling seasonally inappropriate—thanks for the tip, Gigi.

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Style Notes: Wide-leg trousers in crushed velvet? Very dandy and very luxe. Pair them with a casual tee for a cool day-to-night look.

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Style Notes: Ground the idea, like Hailey Baldwin, and combine a romantic velvet dress (hers is from Vatanika) with a pair of black booties.

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Style Notes: For a fresh spin on the trend, try an unexpected summery hue like Blake Lively's golden Valentino dress.

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Style Notes: If you're ready to fully embrace the trend, go for head-to-toe suiting; just make check the weather forecast for soaring temperatures first.

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Style Notes: Use your new velvet purchase in a mêlée of textural gorgeousness, like Elena Perminova: patent leather, matt leather, corduroy, silk and velvet, all in one look.

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Style Notes: Velvet is a no-brainer for night-out dressing. Extra points go to Emma Roberts for coordinating her dress to her lipstick color.

This pretty midi skirt is ideal for the office.

You'll have some seriously stylish feet in these sandals.

Elegant sleeves add a unique touch to this black dress.

Experts agree, everyone needs a pair of velvet slippers. 

We love the pretty blue hue of this relaxed blazer.

You're winning the fashion race in these sleek track pants.

Follow the street style code and layer this over a sweatshirt.

Pair this colorful skirt with a simple white tee and sneakers for an easy weekend look.

If you've been waiting to try the slip dress this season, this is the perfect pick.

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