The velvet trend is rising on its sophistication and elegance. Velvet is a firm winter favorite, and one woman inevitably resort back to party season after party season. But can you wear it in summer, too? Yes – as long as you’re up for making a few adjustments.
In summer, to counter balance the dense fabric, it’s best to reveal a little bit of skin with clever cut works – for example an open shoulder. Other things to gravitate towards are pale tones, slouchy fabrics and punchy patterns.
Here are a few tips to ensure you look less old shindig, more outdoor soiree in your new summer velvet buys.
Opt for lighter shades: Think crushed pink, heathered grey and shimmering taupe. Seize the opportunity while the weather is a little more forgiving to wear light velvet. This is a great option for night out with friends; just add some colorful jewelry and silky top. It’s also a great work wear option; offset crumpled velvet with a crisp white shirt and leather loafers.
Velvet is also at its most fantastic in rich jewel hues. Certain bright colored pieces lend a fabulous edge to outwear. For those who prefer it simple, black velvet is a classic shade, and is super flattering on a LBD.
Play with patterns: Patterns can transform velvet from wintry evening ensemble to chic day-time look. It’s dressy enough for events (just add a block heel and a blouse) but is equally appropriate for lunch in the sun, or an afternoon dwindled away in a garden. Try teaming embellished velvet with trainers and a denim jacket.
Let it play well with others: Velvet fashion can be hard to pair with other styles if you don’t know what to look for. In this case, juxtaposition is a striking way to go. To offset the femininity of a velvet maxi dress, pair it with a leather jacket or throw on classy velvet outwear over your more edgy pieces. Don’t underestimate the styling value of velvet when it comes to mixing different fabrics, prints and styles in your ensemble.
Re-work the classics: There’s a reason velvet jackets are always in style: they really are timeless. A velvet blazer is a chic, office-appropriate cover-up, and feels far more luxurious than your average navy or black one. Bored of the blazer? Give this classic a modern update and replace with a summer-suitable kimono-style jacket.
Take a relaxed approach to tailoring: A simple velvet dress can provide the basis for an enviable evening look. Meanwhile, a pretty velvet suit is the ideal option for those who want to dress classier. Wear the jacket and trousers together over a slouchy tee for the full effect. Alternatively, if the duo feels a little heavy for summer, wear as separates. It’s also easy to find daywear pieces in crushed velvet, but be wary that such designs don’t look cheap. Always go for smooth velvet in the best fabric that feels luxurious.
Don’t shout about it: Summer velvet doesn’t need to make a big statement. Go casual and opt for a slouchy velvet T-shirt or a blouse.
Go for accessories that compliment any ensemble: Velvet accessories are a desirable option whatever the season. Jazz up an otherwise simple outfit with a colorful velvet clutch, or slip on some velvet flats to take you comfortably (and stylishly) from desk to dinner.