Velvet Goldmine

Soft, sumptuous velvet is everywhere this season. Dresses, jackets, trousers and accessories are luxuriating in this most decadent of fabrics. As you prepare to indulge, think textures and how you can bring them together for a look that is pure luxe.


For those who appreciate traditional workmanship with a luxurious twist Penelope Chilvers is a great shoe brand to seek out. See the range at their two London stores, or find them on-line at These strokeable ankle boots (£269) combine a casual Cuban silhouette with rich velvet tones. Available in pewter, claret, or forest green, these multi-taskers work by day with skinny jeans and relaxed cashmere. Or team with a floral midi-dress and bare legs for a high-fashion look. Switch up for evening with other luxurious fabrics including silk and chiffon.


Mary-Janes are a style perennial and Hobbs has this classic block-heel version in store with round buckle detail (£159). Again, there are three colour choices – black, dark burgundy and teal.
Worn in simple silhouettes, velvet suits every age group. It’s gentle sheen flatters a more mature complexion, or it can be styled in more louche way for a younger, edgier vibe.


This grey velvet suit by Fashion Union at comes in at a budget-friendly £40 for the blazer and £30 for the trousers. The jacket is a flattering style for most figures, but if you are tempted by the trousers consider that they will look best on a straigher, slender, leg. Team with suede footwear to keep the look elegant, or metallics or glitter for full-on party mode. Maintain a degree of modesty with some satin, or lace.


For a more demure look this burgundy dress by LK Bennett (£295) is also available in sloane blue. Velvet hasn’t ruled the runways like this since the eighties and this black velvet bodice with sheer sleeves and bold polka dots would have been spot on in that too. A great piece to wear with a statement skirt. Claudie Pierlot top £100 from Selfridges.


Velvet and embroidery are fashion friends in this jacket by Zara (£89.99). With all this embellishment, keep it simple with blue jeans and a plain tee.


Not only the reserve of evenings bags, velvet can also work for casual day with a squishy cross-body tote. See By Chloe (£171.23) from with detachable swallow and leaf key ring.


Keep make-up velvety too with the Nars velvet eye shadow stick from Space NK (£21). The Oaxaca colourway suits most skin tones.

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