We're all for wearing even our most summery of dresses come Winter, but it can be a tricky seasonal balance to strike. The key to getting this look right? It's all about layering, and we're showing you how to do so — like a pro. Simply pair a silky printed shirt dress (we prefer the kind that hits around the knee area) with a fur jacket and ankle boots for a look that's as cool as it is cozy. Here's a tip: when shopping for the perfect furry coat, make sure the silhouette hits you right around — or a little higher than — the waist to avoid extra bulkiness. The result? A highly textural cold-weather getup that's high on style points and might possibly get you snapped on the streets during New York Fashion Week if you just so happen to be in NYC. Shop our three mapped-out outfits below, and, of course, don't forget to don a pair of lined tights for extra insulation!From left to right: Mulberry Wild Lamb Fur Cropped Jacket ($1,227, originally $2,045), Topshop Letter Print Shirt Dress ($100), ASOS Altitude Leather Jodhpur Ankle Boots ($96), Velvet Alana Coat ($110, originally 275), 3.1 Phillip Lim Floral Shirt Dress ($750), Acne Pistol Boot ($399, originally $570), Muubaa Shearling Biker Jacket ($749, originally $1,071), Mara Hoffman Printed Crepe Shirt Dress ($204, originally $370), Nasty Gal Boyfriend Ankle Boot ($178)
Soft, warm, and luxurious, are just some of the reasons why we're loving the velvet trend. With designers like Rebecca Taylor, Dolce & Gabbana, and Rachel Zoe leading the pack with their new iterations on the classic textile, we're excited to add a fresh piece, or two, to our Winter wardrobe. The latest offerings highlight new velvet hues — like oxblood and forest green — and snazzy embellishments. Style tip: avoid any "crushed" velvet finishes as they tend to make you look like an '80s flashback, and instead opt for traditional black or jewel toned hues for a look that can literally wear season after season. Click on for 19 more of the best velvet pieces to shop away.
Velvet's rich finish lends itself perfectly to Fall and Winter, and this season, this sumptuous texture was spotted on the runways at Gucci, Chanel, and Rachel Zoe supplying ample styling fodder. We love the thought of adding the luxe fabric into our ensembles — be it a baroque bag, a jewel-toned blazer, or a beautiful pair of merlot heels. Watch on to see our favorite velvet picks of the season! On Allison McNamara: Myne top, Jenni Kayne skirt. Hair and makeup by Kasia Bohos.
Nicole Richie took her fashion prowess to the seventh annual Teen Vogue Fashion University in NYC, and spoke with aspiring fashion industry professionals about her work and personal style. She showed off her signature bohemian-glam aesthetic in a black velvet dress with batwing sleeves and a swingy asymmetrical hem from her Winter Kate collection. Not only does Nicole's look inspire a cool Stevie Nicks vibe, but it also reminds us just how much we love velvet for Fall and Winter. It's a great, slightly heavier fabric that is an ideal replacement for Summer's breezy cottons and linens, and happens to look especially amazing when worn to holiday parties. We're helping you channel Nicole's fun, sophisticated velvet vibe with 24 dresses that are perfect for work or play — click now to shop them all.
One of the simplest ways to elevate your space is to choose classic pieces in rich, luxurious fabrics — and this Fall, velvet is a go-to material. Whether you prefer timeless silhouettes or graphic, modern accents, we've found a variety of pieces to make velvet work for you. From tufted settees to elegant headboards, here are our favorite velvet picks for Fall.
Jayson Home and Garden just shared a selection from its Fall line, and we're giddily awaiting the entire collection. Full of vintage leathers in cognacs and charcoals, rich velvets in jewel tones, and detailing including nailhead trim and turned legs, it's a refined collection that hearkens back to a quieter era. It's safe to say that we're in love with it — see why when you take a look at 11 of our favorite finds from the collection.
While exiting Sirius Radio Studios in NYC, Elizabeth Olsen rocked a red velvet The Row suit that's totally reminiscent of the red velvet Tom Ford suit Gwyneth Paltrow wore back in 1996! We have to admit, it takes major fashion guts to wear head-to-toe velvet, but clearly Elizabeth has it. Completing her bold look are a white button-down blouse, Jimmy Choo's Lewis pumps, a black leather Chloe bag, and vintage-inspired tortoise sunglasses. If an entire velvet suit is too much velvet for you, why not dabble in the trend via just one piece? You can don a colored velvet blazer with black pants, or bright velvet pants with a black wool blazer. To get velvety à la Elizabeth Olsen, shop our favorite velvet blazers and pants below.
An incredibly rich, sumptuous fabric, velvet is as fashionable today as it was in the 14th century. Velvet is traditionally made with silk threads, though today it is also often made from cotton, acetate, and rayon. This plush, infinitely touchable fabric has long been associated with royalty, but now, thanks to mechanized weaving techniques, it's much more affordable than it has been in past centuries.
And though this fabric may be hundreds of years old, it still looks fresh when used as upholstery on furniture and accent pieces. One of my current favorites is this Ditte Sofa ($4,000). The gray velvet upholstery covers a very cool frame. I love how the tufting covers the exterior arms, while the interior is more streamlined and modern.
Where do you want to add velvet to your life? I've rounded up a number of pieces for the living room, dining room, bedroom, or entry. Find a velvet favorite below!
Temperley London's Fall 2012 collection was as good as gold, literally. Inspired by the decadence of religious paintings and tapestries from the Renaissance, Alice Temperley turned out glamour girls in shiny pantsuits, lovely lamé, and brocade and velvet dresses. A military-inspired cape coat and a velvet jumpsuit were standouts in our eyes, but watch the entire runway show to see what your favorite pieces are!
Velvet might just be our new Winter wardrobe BFF. Its plush texture, cozy feel, and luxe look make it the perfect "something extra" in our chilly weather fashion endeavors. From jewel-toned loafers at Jenni Kayne to statement patterned pants at Proenza Schouler, velvet was no stranger on the Fall 2011 runways. Additionally, Olivier Theyskens incorporated the textile into his capsule collection for Theory, Marc Jacobs designed gorgeous black velvet capes, and Alice Temperley debuted a bevy of sophisticated floor-length evening gowns. It's safe to say — our latest fabric obsession is both validated and totally on point. Not sure how to include the trend du jour into your own style MO? Keep these tips in mind:
- The lightweight fabric can add a dynamic twist to your standard getup. No need to wear in moderation — velvet can texturize a bold printed dress or cinch a look together with ease. If you're new to the trend, try it out subtly via pumps, a sash, a collar detail, or a clutch.
- To give the plush material more shape and structure, pair a velvet blouse with more tailored pieces, like trousers or a tweed blazer.
- Look for burnout patterns, crushed styles, embellishments, and jewel tones for maximum effect. Loafers, capes, and long overcoats are three simple ways to make a huge velvet statement.
Now, click through for our picks for perfecting the velvety look — all under $150.
Source: Harper's Bazaar UK