Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Velvet crush

One trend that has really emerged this AW is velvet and it seems apparent that your winter wardrobe will not be complete without a little bit of luxe velvet, and there is plenty around to choose from. I have taken it upon myself to look at some of the best velvet garments around, selected a few of my favourites and made some suggestions as how you could wear them for the perfect on trend look this season. 

Velvet leggings
Check out these stunning, rich red wine leggings from Topshop, which will make you want to spend the day stroking your legs! Velvet is a very opulent, feminine trend that you need to wear with something like a chunky knit, a funky long-line rock chick tee or the sheer black utility shirt shown below. 
They are available in a variety of colours and styles. Whatever you decide to team with your velvet leggings just make sure that it is longline and comes below your bottom to keep it flattering, remember leggings are not trousers!

Burgundy Velvet Legging   Black Utility Shirt
Another pair I love in Topshop is these black embellished detail leggings as it immediately gives the leggings a more funky, very on trend look especially if combined with this rock chick tee, denim shirt and then a faux fur sleeveless body over the top.
Velvet Studded Leggings Denim Fitted Shirt  Goth Photo Girl Tank Top

Velvet shorts
For an alternative look you could opt for these cute little velvet shorts with a large gold button detail for fastening. Paired with a pair of black tights and a utility shirt or knit would look great for a day or evening ensemble.
Velvet Pocket Shorts     Pink Utility Shirt

You could even go for all out in the velvet stakes and go for a velvet dress. I prefer mixing textures, like velvet, lace, leather and fur together for a varied and interesting look but for a luxe evening look you could grab one for these cute little numbers.
Glitter Spot Velvet Dress  Velvet Halter Dress

Alternatively go for a bit of velvet over the top of your outfit with this Devore Velvet Burnout Jacket from Miss Selfridge
Devore Velvet Burnout Jacket**

Or here is a velvet front tee from Topshop that has a sheer back that would look great if combined with some leather effect jeans to add a rock chick edge to the outfit.
Silk Velvet Front Tee    Skinny Leather Trousers**

Whatever velvet item you choose to add to your AW wardrobe the key to getting it right is varying the textures, patterns and colours in an outfit. For instance combine with leather, lace, fur or embellishment to keep it fun, interesting and totally on trend, however don't go mad and try to wear every trend in one ensemble, just go for a combination of two textures, patterns or trends. 

Happy shopping : ) 

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