Although it traditionally conjures up images of mysterious magicians and gallant, swashbuckling gentlemen, velvet gets a decidedly feminine spin this season in a variety of new cuts and hues. While Alexander Wang dabbled in the dark arts with head-to-toe black, you can make your own brand of velvety magic without getting quite so dramatic. Here’s how.
1. Whether you choose a velvet dress, top or bottoms, make the plush piece the centre of your outfit by pairing it with streamlined separates in muted shades, such as a charcoal coat. Skip the fussy shirt (like the one on Wang’s runway) – it’ll just clutter up the silhouette.
2. Keep your accessories in the same neutral palette as your topper, especially if your velvet number is in a brighter hue, like the aqua Greta Constantine pants. A subtly patterned scarf, sleek leather bag and gloves are all worthy, office-appropriate allies.
3. Feel free to slip on a contrasting pair of shoes or boots, which will offer an unexpected pop of colour and act as a supporting player to the velvet. (Chunky soles are best with a voluminous piece like palazzo pants.)