Mood’s Velvet Styling Guide [September 2023 Update]

Velvet is fall's luxurious textile, whether transformed into a sleek and sophisticated cardigan or funky pants. Multifaceted and versatile, velvet is presented in a variety of styles on the catwalks, from crinkle to high pile. Let's take a look at the velvets hitting the catwalks this year.

Velvet is so chic, but designers often put a fun spin on this sophisticated fabric. Both Brandon Maxwell and Dolce & Gabbana feature bright yellow velvet, perfect for fall and spring. Daks wears a plum velvet suit for menswear, while Haider Ackermann opts for a softer lavender velvet blazer.

Styling tips for colored velvet

When it comes to styling colorful velvet, less is often more. A vibrant velvet piece, whether it's a skirt, blazer or slacks, will already be the star of the show, so balance it with neutral or monochromatic pieces in your outfit. A jewel-toned velvet skirt can be paired with a simple white blouse or a gray turtleneck to let the color really shine. If you're going for a shiny velvet blazer, consider pairing it with black trousers or dark jeans to create a look that's both fun and sophisticated.

Brandon Maxwell | Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

daks |  Men's clothing fall 2018

daks | Men's clothing fall 2018

Dolce & Gabbana |  Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Haider Ackerman |  Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Haider Ackerman | Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Wrap yourself in these luxurious velvets:

Persica Shiny Blue Stretch Velvet

Persica Hunter Stretch Velvet

The crushed pile adds a nice depth to an already textured fabric. Jourden's crushed velvet blazer looks adorable paired with white ruffles, while Audra's black coat is sleek and stylish on its own. Balenciaga creates a turtleneck blouse with attached gloves, and Ellery's turtleneck features long, loose sleeves.

Crushed Velvet Hairstyle Tips

Crushed velvet brings a whimsical, retro texture that can add depth and interest to your look. This form of velvet works best when not competing with other intricate textures or patterns. For example, a crinkle velvet top pairs well with smooth fabrics like silk or satin for the bottom. Keep your accessories and other layers simple to let the crushed velvet stand out. A sleek leather jacket or fitted blazer can be the perfect complementary piece.

Anaïs Jourden |  Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Anaïs Jourden | Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

audrey |  Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

audrey | Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Balenciaga |  Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Balenciaga | Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Ellery |  Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Ellery | Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Fall for these crumpled velvets:

Crushed Velvet Auguste Vanilla Ice

Auguste Curry Gold Crushed Velvet

The patterns and prints give an extra shine to the velvet. Chloé's velvet suit is beautifully finished with a horse print, while Saint Laurent takes inspiration from Paris. Both Saloni and Warm feature a beautiful floral pattern that really blooms on the velvet.

Style Tips for Patterned Velvet

Patterned velvet is a bold choice that demands attention. When styling this velvet variation, aim for balance by pairing it with solid, understated pieces. A patterned velvet skirt or pants can become a focal point when paired with a monochrome top and simple accessories. To keep the look cohesive, try picking a color from the pattern and using it as an accent color throughout the outfit.

Chloe |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Chloe | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

St. Lawrence |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

St. Lawrence | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Fairs |  Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Fairs | Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Hot |  Resort 2019

Hot | Resort 2019

Discover these fancy fabrics:

Mood Exclusive Silent Shroud Polyester Velvet

60s Bubblegum rod devoré velvet jacquard from the UK

Velvet suits are all the rage, marvelously combining couture and professionalism. Both Brooks Brothers and Frame feature brown suits, though they feature very different silhouettes. The Whistles Fall costume is more of a leisure costume, while the Antonio Berardi costume is perfect for business and pleasure.

Styling Tips for Velvet Suits

A velvet suit is the epitome of luxurious sophistication, but its styling can be tricky. The key to pulling off this look is to complement the costume with simple, high-quality pieces. A crisp white button-up shirt and a pair of minimal leather loafers or sleek heels can enhance the outfit without overshadowing it. For added style, consider a silk pocket square or a simple gold necklace.

Antonio Berardi |  Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Antonio Berardi | Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Brooks Brothers |  Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Brooks Brothers | Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Frame |  Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Frame | Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Whistles |  Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Whistles | Fall 2018 ready-to-wear

Dress in these velvets:

Persica Chocolate Stretch Velvet

Wine red stretch polyester velvet

Velvet is known as a fall fabric, but good designers are known to push the envelope. This year, the designers have decided that velvet will be a textile that can be used all year round. Fendi's stunning velvet dress features beaded detailing, perfect for a vacation in Milan, while Vetements' black dress looks perfect for a day out running errands around town. Norma Kamali's slouchy sweater is ideal for breezy summer afternoons, and Gucci's suit pairs beautifully with a pussy-bow blouse.

Styling tips for velvet all year round

Velvet isn't just for the colder months. Although typically a heavier fabric, lighter versions like crushed pile or pile blends can work year-round. To evolve your velvet pieces with the seasons, focus on layering and teaming them with seasonal fabrics. A velvet camisole, for example, can be worn under a cardigan or blazer in the colder months and on its own or with a light, flowing skirt in the warmer months. For fall, consider pairing a velvet top with leather pants for a transitional look that combines textures perfectly.

Fendi |  Resort 2019

Fendi | Resort 2019

Gucci |  Resort 2019

Gucci | Resort 2019

Norma Kamali |  Resort 2019

Norma Kamali | Resort 2019

Clothing |  Ready-to-wear Spring 2019

Clothing | Ready-to-wear Spring 2019

Wear these velvets all year round:

Ava Metallic Velvet Rose Gold

Yvonne Estate Blue Wavy Crinkle Velvet

What to avoid when wearing velvet

Even though velvet exudes a sense of opulence and elegance, there are some things not to do when it comes to styling this luxurious fabric.

Overload on Velvet

One of the biggest mistakes people make is overdoing it. Velvet has a rich, heavy feel, so too much of it can feel overwhelming and lose its special appeal. If you're wearing a velvet dress, for example, you might want to avoid the matching velvet shoes and handbag.

Contrasting textures

Be careful when mixing velvet with other textured fabrics like sequins, heavy brocades, or heavy knits. Velvet's complexity often makes it a star in its own right, and other textured materials can compete rather than complement each other.

Wrinkles and folds

Unlike some other fabrics, once velvet wrinkles it is often a permanent condition that is difficult to remedy. Use caution when seated for long periods of time and always hang velvet items immediately after wearing them. If you must travel with velvet, use a garment bag and consider laying it flat instead of folding it.

Color Traps

While velvet in dark, rich colors can look incredibly luxurious, lighter colors can sometimes look cheap and less forgiving when it comes to stains or spills. Choose your color wisely based on the occasion and your style needs.

What's your favorite way to wear velvet? Let me know in the comments!

Step Up Your Velvet Game: Top Tips for Impeccable Style was last modified: September 1, 2023 by Molly Hannelly

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