You’ve got a trend in me: Velvet

Izzy Patterson tells us which trends are hot right now, and which need to be left in summer

23rd November 2015

With the depths of winter fast approaching and the festive season creeping upon us, the latest trend to watch on the catwalk and the high street is all about the velvet. A trend that often comes round when Christmas time approaches, its sure to provide a safe bet for garments you can whack out every yuletide. Inspired by 90’s grunge and the 80’s rocking the runways, rich velvets littered the catwalks this year, taking centre stage at shows such as Georgio Armani, Christopher Kane and Alexander Wang. Available in a multitude of different items from cocktail dresses, boots, suits, and tops, velvet packs the perfect punch for the party season. High street stores such as Topshop currently have power suits and boots perfectly tailored for the androgynous trend. Available in rich royal velvet blues and Christmas tree greens, they offer an awesome alternative for making a statement this season. Guaranteed to stick around until spring comes, celebs such as Gigi Hadid, Alexa Chung and Elizabeth Olsen have been spotted rocking the tactile trend.

Albeit difficult to tackle without risk of looking like a member of The Addams family or your grandma’s carpet and overdosing on the ‘dark romance’ theme, velvet can be worked into your wardrobe even in the most subtle ways. Key to nailing the trend is to go for higher quality finishes to the material, to reduce the risk of looking cheap. From just a simple pair of high waisted black velvet jeans to even just throwing on a red velvet scrunchie, anyone can try this. For those who are feeling a bit more daring, Zara have just nailed the velvet vibe, introducing velvet turban headbands into their Autumn/ Winter collection; perfect for the risk-takers this season.

Lads can also get themselves on board with the velvet vibe, whether it’s throwing on a velvet blazer or rocking a crushed velvet tee, this luxe trend can be worked by anyone.

Here are some of the best offerings on the high street this season to work this vintage- vampire look, rocked since the days of the 17th- century royals, perfectly apt for the colder weather, providing the perfect juxtaposition of Baltic temperatures with a warmer looking attire.

bomber: Topshop

bomber: Topshop

This Velvet bomber jacket from Topshop provides the perfect marriage of delicate embroidery and distinctive velvet to rock a grungy look in the upcoming months.

bag: Topshop

bag: Topshop

A plush velvet backpack provides a great way of dipping your toe into the water with the velvet trend, and really vamps up an essential accessory for the Winter months.

blazer: Topshop

blazer: Topshop

This burgundy velvet blazer offers a great option for you guys who are wanting to go suave, all out in velvet. Working perfectly for the upcoming party season.

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