Velvet is luxurious, indulgent, and festive. Even when it’s affordable, it looks expensive. And the best part? It’s undeniably comfortable. It might not be as loud or shiny as sequins, but it’s a grown-up approach to holiday dressing. Whether you’re going for a statement look with a power suit, or just swapping out your usual black trousers for something a little more exciting, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our velvet edit.
I’m wearing this delicious brown J.Crew suit in the header image, which is a fun deviation from the expected black. In fact, there are plenty of fun, colorful velvet pieces out there right now. Banana Republic’s oversized blazer in a dark brown with a paisley pattern is a maximalist take on suits. Anthropologie can always be counted on for some great tops, and I love this rich mustard-y button down or a silvery blue version. Banana Republic’s hot-pink velvet suit is a fresh, holiday spin on the Barbiecore trend.
One of my favorite ways to wear velvet is with a wide-leg trouser. The weight of the fabric gives extra emphasis to the silhouette, like these deep green Banana Republic pants or this pair of sapphire-blue COS pants. For a more streamlined look, these Mango straight-leg pants are easy to wear with just about everything.
A velvet t-shirt is an easy way to dress up your usual jeans and t-shirt uniform. I love this deep emerald green t-shirt, and Mango even has a t-shirt with shoulder pads if you want a little more structure. On the dressier side, this long-sleeved pussybow blouse feels fancy and femme.
Finally, adding a touch of velvet to your outfit via your shoes is an often unexpected, but completely sophisticated spin on the trend. I love these red tassel loafers from J.Crew, and these bejeweled slippers from Sam Edelman.
Shop the rest of our holiday velvet edit below: