“A throne is only a bench covered in velvet,” Napoleon Bonaparte
Velvet used to be the fabric of royalty, but it’s become the fabric of the people, especially this season. It’s not only meant for holiday parties or formal occasions, either. This year, we’re styling it into our everyday looks; pairing it with both dresses and denim. With its rich jewel tones and incredible softness, we’re loving this velvet trend.
Why we Love it
- Easy does it: Velvet looks like it was made for royalty; with its vibrant colors and hypnotizing textures. But it’s actually an easy fabric to maintain, especially as many of our velvet looks are machine washable. No ladies in waiting (or dry cleaning) required.
- Give a little: Velvet is generous, with a little bit of stretch woven into the fabric. It helps shake off the idea that it should only be used for one season. Why not stretch it to all four?
- Lightweight luxury: It’s heavy on style but light on weight, which is especially good during the winter season when our looks are so layered it can feel like we’re carrying a few extra pounds around, even when we’re not.
Wear and Pair
- Long and luxurious: If Eileen Fisher’s blazer (seen above) doesn’t convince you that velvet needs to be in your wardrobe, nothing will. With its notched collar and perfect cut, it’s one of our favorite pieces. The dark royal blue color really makes it stand out and we love that it’s been responsibly dyed. Throw it on over a pair of jeans or black leggings and a few chunky bracelets and you’re good to go!
- Versatile velvet: We love an accessory we can dress up or down. That’s why we’re opting for dress toppers and wraps from Dana Herbert. Whether you’re heading to a holiday party or making a quick trip into town, the rich red color and shimmering texture of the fabric can take your look to the next level. We love using it as a dress topper or as a poncho over a long sleeved shirt and denim.
- Coat check: If you’re looking for something a bit bolder, try the Cut Loose quilted velvet jacket (seen above). With its topaz tone and quilted detailing, it’s easy to make it the centerpiece of your look. Throw it on over a sleeveless turtleneck or a soft long-sleeved t-shirt with denim. Then layer on a necklace or two, like these from Dona Bela Shreds, and you’re royally styled.
- Top it off: If you’re looking for a simple way to add a touch of the trend to your wardrobe opt for one of the velvet Dana Herbert scarves. These add a pop of color to any look, with jewel tones as well an olive hue that we’re especially drawn to. Drape one over a midnight black sweater or a creamy white button down. Pair it with a pencil skirt or a pair of jeans and you’re off!