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Exploring fashion's velvet goldmine

Bianca Spender jacket, $825 and pants, $495. Nine West shoes, $129.95. Sandro bag, $690. Mimco earrings, $79.95. Mimco rings (top, sold as stack), $79.95. Mimco ring (bottom) $59.95. Photography by Tim Ashton Styling by Emma Westblade


It literally means “shaggy cloth”, but there’s nothing more elegant than lush velvet.

A fabric typically worn in the evening, velvet is making an appearance in daytime wear this season. Plush in texture with a slightly shimmery appearance, velvet is a sensualist’s delight and works best in jewel and autumnal tones like oxblood and scarlet. 

For a maximum impact ’70s look, try a velvet jumpsuit or, for something more classic, a midi-length black velvet dress cut on the bias is the very definition of elegance. If the thought of being draped entirely in velvet feels a little overwhelming, velvet trims and lace are easy accents to add to your look. 

Velvet bottoms can be worn with everything from T-shirts to fine-gauge knits, and a scarlet velvet blazer look particularly good teamed with denim jeans, a vintage band T-shirt and heels. And for true romantics, channel Parisian chic with a long-line, button-through, velvet cape with brass buttons – either worn by itself or with an ivory silk poet blouse and wide-leg trousers.


Photography by Tim Ashton Styling by Emma Westblade Photography by Tim Ashton Styling by Emma Westblade