It’s hard to deny the majesty of velvet—how it feels when you slip it on, the way it can transform a lack-luster look into something instantly luxe. It’s no wonder royals wore it so much when banquets were still a thing. From velour tailored pant suits to stunning slinky slips, velvet is officially back on the runway— featured in recent collections by Prada, Gucci, Fendi, and Dries Van Noten.
But where velvet is easy to admire, incorporating it into your everyday wardrobe can be a more delicate affair. Flagrant, full-length velvet dresses might be appealing to the eye, but they’re not exactly something that you can wear to work. Thankfully, you don’t have to re-theme your entire wardrobe “baroque” to embrace the velvet trend.
Experimenting with the look in more subtle ways is a simple, chic compromise—from velvet jewelry, to velvet heels and lingerie.
To help you ease your way into the trend, and in celebration of the material’s modern revival, we’ve found six of the lushest velvet accessories, available in-store now.
1. Velvet handbags
The ultimate feminine accessory, nothing says glamour quite like a velvet handbag does—the surest way to add a little old-fashioned sophistication to your look. For a little velvety handbag inspiration, take a look at the latest collections by Stella McCartney. The designer’s elegant Nina bag features a gold handle, roomy main compartments, internal slip pockets, and a snap closure for easy access. What more could a woman want?
2. Velvet heels
When it comes to high heel varieties, women are spoilt for choice. From the stiletto to the kitten to the pump—and everything in between—your options are endless, and so they should be. But if you’re after something a little different, and a little special, slip into a velvet heel. Get a sense for the look at Jimmy Choo—his Lacey 85 is a military inspired velvet heel, certain to add an extra level of sophistication to your evening look. A modern re-imagination of the Mary Jane, the Lacey 85s are timeless, unique and dynamic.
3. Velvet jewellery
If you’re not ready to rock a head-to-toe velvet look, there are still ways to embrace the trend in a not-so-obvious fashion. Velvet jewellery may seem like a strange concept at first, but the fabric’s luxurious texture lends itself quite nicely to unique accessories. Witchery’s Velvet Choker is a beautifully baroque example of how you can rock the trend in a more understated way.
4. Velvet flats
For those times when you need your flat shoes to be comfortable and glamorous, too, there is the velvet flat. A super luxe hybrid of ease and elegance, the velvet flat will take your jeans and t-shirt combo to an entirely new level. Pouring his own (red) sole into the trend, Christian Louboutin’s Diva Cora Flat is a stunning look for both daytime and evening. In lush Lagune velvet, with a sumptuous multi-coloured gemstone heart detail, the flat is the perfect combination of extravagance and ease.
5. Velvet lingerie
It’s hard to deny velvet’s natural allure, which is why it’s also difficult to deny the allure of velvet lingerie. Because nothing makes you feel quite as desirable as wearing something a bit fancy beneath your blouse. Take a peek at the best in velvet lingerie at Lonely. Their Lulu Soft Cup Bra features cut edges finished with zigzag elastic, and an adjustable hook and eye fasting through the back–a comfortable and sexy season must-have.
6. Velvet boots
The words velvet and boots aren’t two you normally see together. But the good news is that velvet boots, well, they really work. The conservatism of the low-heeled ankle boot is revamped this season at Chloe, with their Sussana Velvet Boot. A must-have for anyone who is serious about embracing the velvet trend, the boots are fashioned from leather and velvet, and adorned with metal studs. Featuring statement buckles and a zip side, the ankle boots are finished with a practical riding heel – the perfect fusion of pretty, punk, and practicality.