The Fall 2017 and 2018 seasons showed the resurgence of velvet, with likes of Saint Laurent, Frame and Nomia awash in its opulence. With this latest revival, velvet is getting a proper update, and is no longer relegated to robes and smoking jackets.
And where it may have had a serious relationship with nightlife before, we dare say that there’s no better place to rock velvet than at the office. Hey, at least it’s cool in there. We show you how to wear it.
Monday (Suit Up)
A sleek and sharp pink velvet suit is the very height of fashion. Opt for other materials, like leather and metals, to complement the look.
Velvet blazer by Brunello Cucinelli, €2,300 (S$3,666) via Mytheresa, Velvet cropped pants by Brunello Cucinelli, €810 (S$1,291) via Mytheresa, Leather heeled mules by Mercedes Castillo, £280 (S$506), via Net-a-Porter, Leather braided shoulder bag by COS, US$125 (S$170), Lip motif choker by Bjørg Jewellery, €350 (S$558).
Tuesday (Shoesday Tuesday)
Dance your way through the day — psst, that’s how we survive our workday — in vermilion velvet boots. Build the rest of your outfit around the shoe, using complementary colours, like oranges and pinks.
Satin midi dress by Jonathan Simkhai, €871 (S$1,388) via Mytheresa, Velvet over-the-knee flat boots by Alberta Ferretti, S$1,425 via Farfetch, Crochet tassel bag with resin handle by Cult Gaia £365 (S$658) via Net-a-Porter, Tortoise shell acetate round sunglasses by Balenciaga, US$420 (S$571) via Ssense, Braided leather wallet by Bottega Veneta, £235 (S$423), via Net-a-Porter.
Wednesday (Go Big or Go Home)
Hit a home run during mid-week by dressing yourself head-to-toe in velvet. You want to stick to one shade when swathing yourself in full velvet, or work with complementary hues — like these earthy colours.
Velvet blazer by Gucci, S$4,650 via Farfetch, Leopard printed cropped velvet pants by Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini, US$375 (S$511) via Moda Operandi, Velvet ankle boots by Reike Nen, S$449 via Farfetch, Checkered canvas and textured leather shoulder bag by Burberry £1,190 (S$2,144) via Net-a-Porter, Colourblock velvet cat eye sunglasses by Prada, S$716, via Farfetch, Rustic sculptural earrings by Alighieri, £350 (S$631).
Okay, okay, we know that all-over velvet is impractical. Reference the trend by having the luxe fabric shine in your accessories. Shoes and bags coated with velvet are good options, as they will add the sumptuous texture and details to your outfit.
Sweater with button details by Zara, S$49.90, Zebra printed crepe wrap skirt by Marni, £880 (S$1,572) via Net-a-Porter, Velvet slides with bow detail by Rochas, US$565 (S$770) via Moda Operandi, Velvet envelope clutch by M2Malletier, US$645 (S$879) via Moda Operandi, Sculptural coated sterling silver earrings by Wwake, £480 (S$866) via Net-a-Porter.
Friday (Make it Casual)
Casual Friday means you can turn heads in a cool T-shirt and skirt, but with a dope velvet busboy cap and drawstring bag. Here’s to the weekend!
Printed cotton t-shirt by Ganni, S$101 via Farfetch, Flared wool skirt by Joseph, €315 (S$502) via Mytheresa, Suede sneakers by Golden Goose, £335 (S$604) via Net-a-Porter, Velvet drawstring bag by Hunting Season, US$475 (S$647) via Moda Operandi, Velvet cap by Avec La Troupe, US$315 (S$429), via Moda Operandi, Gold irregular shape earrings by Zara S$29.90.