One of the more intimidating fabrics, velvet tends to be relegated to the ’90s or to vampire movies made in the ’90s (Interview with a Vampire, anyone?). But velvet is much more versatile than we give it credit for.
To prove it, here are five occasions you can wear velvet–and none of them include graveyard picnics, I promise.
1. On a date. No need to get formal… The velvet stripes on this dress offer just enough oomph to add some texture without becoming a 1950’s Christmas party dress.
Why this works: Unexpected accessories balance out an otherwise wholesome dress–killer heels, a letterman jacket for a bit of quirkiness and sharp-edged jewelry for a hint of danger.
2. Riding…or lunch… because let’s face it: not many of us actually go riding á la Betty Draper.
Why this works: Wear an ultra feminine, blush-colored chiffon top to counter the structured, velvet-trimmed riding jacket. A bold red lip and a sassy little snake print clutch add enough bite so you won’t look too refined.
3. Commuting, after-work cocktails or a rumble in a back alley. Feeling brave? Ditch the velvet trim and go straight for an all-velvet top with sheer panels and an adorable collar.
Why this works: Keep the look from becoming too adorable by adding pieces with tough details–exposed zippers, a quilted leather motorcycle jacket and chains.
4. To work. There’s no need to wear the boring uniform of your drab co-workers–add some flocked velvet skinnies to the usual blouse-blazer combo.
Why this works: While the pants are a bold choice for work, the blouse and blazer are more conservative choices. Depending on how wild or tame your workplace is, you can accessorize with menswear-inspired pieces and ultra luxe finds like this fur infinity scarf and bejeweled clutch.
5. To a concert. Velvet may look formal, but sometimes it just wants to rock.
Why this works: Channeling Stevie Nicks is always a safe bet at a music festival. Trade in the requisite concert tee for this a-mazing velvet tunic with fringe. Complete the look with leather skinnies, wedge booties, and an oversized army-inspired jacket.
How are you wearing velvet this season?