Velvet Hour

16 Sep

The luxurious fabric makes a ladylike comeback…

It is now about time to put your jersey dresses back on their hangers and step out in something a bit more indulgent.

A red velvet dress from Nanette Lepore's fall 2010 collection.

By encorporating this plush fabric with the retro dressing trend, it has become a sheer blessing for the female form.Velvet has stolen the spotlight for this year’s must have fabric. The glamorous texture is seen on everything from body con dresses to bags and blazers and this winter any shade goes. Jewel toned dresses in shade’s of burgundy, navy, forest green and grey keep the look modern, and are teamed with lace, leather and knitted fabrics to embrace the dark, romantic feel of fall.

Ralph Lauren plays with jewel toned velvet and knitwear for a winter feel.

This velvet dress is toughened up with lace up biker boots and a fierce belt to keep the look youthful.

The plush fabric has become increasingly popular after designers such as Nanette Lepore, Ralph Lauren and Elie Saab featured the heatwarming fabric in this years Autumn/ Winter collections. Scarlet velvet was a favourite and was produced in clean, feminine silhouettes. Ralph Lauren layered glamorous velvet frocks over knitted polos and tights, capturing the wintery atmosphere.

This trend is no longer tricky but minimilistic and ladylike. The recent uproar in Mad Men fever has never made curves so popular. Nipped in waists, uplifted bosoms and hourglass silhouettes make this trend severely sexy. If you’re shy then begin by incorporating a pair of velvet court shoes to nail two trends in one, or invest in a velvet blazer or coat to look stylish every day.

This petite bandeau dress from Topshop £45, combines this season's no.1 shade and fabric.

As most of us know the 60s and 70s are back and if you really want to emulate the retro look, pair a paisley shirt with velvet flares for a cool 70s look.

  • Rocha keeps it simple with black velvet and retro hair for a sexy Bridget Bardot inspired look.
  • High Street stores such as River Island, Miss Selfridge and Matalan offer some amazing pieces that allow you to recreate the trend.

    Velvet Jacket £35, Next.

    Limited Edition dress, £29 Primark.

    Velvet Skirt, £14 Matalan.

    Velvet panel jacket £69, Marks & Spencer.

  • Velvet Bag £12, New Look.
  • Velvet Shorts, £32 Jane Norman.

    Velvet tulip skirt £80, French Connection.

    Velvet trousers £45, Monsoon.

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