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|Subject: How to wear velvet... and NOT look like Fearne Cotton Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:01 pm|| |
It might boast a legacy that reeks of Eighties Sloane Rangers and foppish thespian types, but velvet is having a renaissance.
From full-length gowns at Armani, to jackets at D&G, and mini-dresses at Alexander Wang, the catwalks were draped in the stuff.
There’s something regal about velvet, it imbues an outfit with a touch of luxury, and hints at indulgence.
And let’s not forget practicality —velvet has a real weight to it, so it tends to hang well and it’s warm
But if you don’t want to look like you’re off to attend the Sunday morning service at Westminster Cathedral, it’s probably best not to wear long, flowing, floor-length velvet — take note Fearne Cotton.
Instead, look for structured shapes that give definition with belts in contrasting fabrics, or opt for separates.
A velvet skirt in a modern shape looks great with a top in a lighter weight fabric, or team a fitted velvet jacket with a pair of jeans. Velvet’s no longer underground.
LEFT: Dress £60, Warehouse. Tights £7.50, ring £8, both John Lewis. Shoes £45, Marks and Spencer. Bag £40, Asos
RIGHT: Blouse £150, Jaeger. Jacket £49.50, jeans £29.50, shoes £49, all Marks and Spencer
LEFT: Dress £100, Linea at House of Fraser. Jacket £49, John Lewis. Shoes £22.99, New Look
RIGHT: Blouse £39.99, shoes £49.99, both Zara. Skirt £60, French Connection. Tights £7.50, John Lewis. Earrings £4.99, New Look