Our favourite fashion bloggers give us some advice on how to wear the latest velvet trend.
“Muted or jeweled, pleated or crushed, the velvet trend is going to be red hot this winter,” predicts style blogger Tamlyn Jacobus of Painting in Pink – and we’re inclined to agree.
We’ve taken style tips from some of our favourite bloggers to put together velvet looks that we love – and everything is available from stores with the RCS shopping network. Check it out below, then let us know on Facebook which your favourite look is.
START WITH THE ACCESSORIES
If you don’t feel confident enough to wear a whole velvet garment, just start with the accessories, advises style blogger Candice Bresler of La Belle Blog. “If you're still finding your feet with trying to style it, I'd suggest going for smaller, accent pieces – perhaps velvet boots, velvet trim on a scarf, or a jewel-toned velvet handbag.”
Velvet cap: R199, Donna
Velvet handbag: R499, Foschini
Bomber jacket: R699, Cotton On
Skinny jeans: R199.99, Jet
Choker top: R199.95, Edgars
PICK PIECES THAT WORK WITH THE REST OF YOUR WARDROBE
When choosing new garments to add to your wardrobe, “…stick to deeper shades because they are most likely to go with every item you own,” recommends fashion blogger Mpho Ntlatleng of Fitted Muse. She recommends colours like charcoal black, emerald greens and bold reds.
Velvet dress: R450, Foschini
Velvet Mary Jane shoes: R599.99, Foschini
Hat: R449, Forever 21
Choker: R129, Cotton On
KEEP IT SIMPLE
“Velvet can be hard to pair with other styles if you don’t know what to look for, so keep the styling simple,” advises Ntlatleng. She recommends combining your velvet item with other more simple fabrics to balance the rich texture.
Crushed velvet leggings: R199, Foschini
High-low top: R249.95, Edgars
Victorian lace-up boot: R599.95, Edgars
PICK MODERN COLOURS
Rocking this trend has a lot to do with your colour palette, says fashion blogger Rushda Behardien of RuBe’s Closet. “If you’re scared of looking like a 13th century royal, grab pieces in the latest colours such as nude, dusty pink, mint green, golden yellow or even in a dramatic animal print.”
Velvet pencil skirt: R199, Superbalist
Beanie: R179, Cotton On
Funnel neck top: R199.95, Edgars
Pink satin jacket: R999.99, Forever 21
WEAR STATEMENT FOOTWEAR
Velvet isn’t just for clothes – we’re seeing it in hats, bags and even shoes. “Bring sexy back with a gorgeous pair of velvet thigh-high boots,” recommends fashion blogger Shiara Ackloo of Purple Sunflowers.
Velvet over-the-knee boots: R799, Superbalist
Grey fur gilet: R249.99, Jet
Grey oversized pullover: R199.95, Edgars
Skinny jeans: R249.95, Jet
LAYER IT UP
“I love a layered grunge look for winter,” says lifestyle blogger Megan Richards of The Authentic Girl. As the colour and texture of velvet is so rich, she recommends keeping shoes and accessories as simple as possible.
Velvet dress: R499, Superbalist
Velvet rose kaftan: R499, Queenspark
Block heels: R179.99, Jet
PICK ITEMS THAT CAN BE DRESSED UP OR DOWN
Velvet isn’t just for smart occasions, notes Behardien. “It is so versatile and able to be worn casually as well as for a glam evening out,” she says, advising that you pick out items that can work for any occasion.
Velvet leggings: R199, Superbalist
Sequin top: R579, Forever 21
Open-toe boot: R299.99, Jet
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*Prices were correct at time of publication and are subject to change.