In 2016, velvet was a hit on the runway. In 2017, it surged to the forefront of the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. This luxurious fabric is seen in pants, jumpsuits, boyfriend blazers, you name it! And the colors range from sophisticated neutrals to vibrant reds, yellows, and royal blue.

Velvet has typically been considered a more fussy fabric…one you put on to step out to a cocktail party or formal event. Well like so many arbitrary fashion rules (think no white after Labor Day), it was meant to be broken. There is no need to put on velvet and feel overdressed! Pair it with trendy silhouettes like skinny jeans and mid-calf boots or mix it with different textures so it blends without making too much of a statement.

Bam!

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This velvet top is a fusion of texture. There is an underlying silk top enveloped by an attached plush velvet vest. Softly flowing from the vest are sheer panels that swirl gracefully as you move. Dress it up with vegan leather pants and sexy heels, or down with jeans and booties. Whatever suits your mood!

 

Go for the Edge

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This velvet blazer is simply stunning. Not only is it made of this luxe fabric but the texture is phenomenal. Layer it over a crisp white shirt or go monochromatic and layer it over a black cami or slim turtleneck.  Use it as you would a bomber jacket to top your favorite skirts, dresses, and jeans.

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If you need a boyfriend blazer, this is it! It is roomy and slouchy in all the right places. And the rich taupe color imparts a gorgeous sheen that will add an edge to any outfit you choose.

 

Still not sure…

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If you want to try the velvet trend without enveloping yourself in the entire fabric there are plenty of opportunities to start small. This top is perfect with its vertical strip of black velvet. And I love how you have such a luxe fabric immersed in a waffle weave. The juxtaposition of the fabrics is a match made in heaven!

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This floral top harkens back to a more romantic period. It is feminine and flirty with teeniest black velvet stripe interspersed throughout the blouse. The sheer sleeves and covered buttons simply add to the dreaminess of this beautiful top.

 

Last, but not least…

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Skip the glass slipper and go for the velvet shoes!