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Why velvet makes every day feel like Christmas

Why velvet makes every day feel like Christmas

‘Tis the season to wear velvet. An indulgent fabric associated with Renaissance wealth and '70s grooviness, velvet has to be done right to be done well – or else you run the risk of falling into Austin Powers territory. Worn the right way, this swanky material can look luxe in all the right ways, and if you’re looking to be a bit more low-key, it can also be a subtle reminder that Christmas is indeed on its way. Here, we show you three ways to wear velvet to make every day feel celebratory this season. Groovy, baby.

With a whole host of festive shindigs to attend during the holiday season, you may be compelled to throw on a formal outfit or two. To make a bit of a statement and separate yourself from the crowd, why not try a velvet suit? A head-to-toe style suit in a rich, bottle green hue is not only festive, it also elevates your look to Medici-level magnificence. The ultra-luxe vibe can even be broken up by a less traditional grandad collar shirt to make it all feel a bit more contemporary and less stuffy.

What’s great about investing in a full velvet suit is that you can wear the trousers and jacket separately to dial your velvet-wearing up and down. Want to incorporate velvet into more casual settings? Pair your velvet trousers with trainers, a t-shirt, and a knitted piece for a more subtle nod to festive that's ideal for a less formal Christmas get-together, a pub catch-up, or even on Christmas eve itself. 

The jacket part of your velvet suit is its most suave component, and should therefore be paired with smarter looks. Great for more refined ‘smart casual’ affairs, this look maintains the ‘smart’ element, especially if you swap jeans for a pair of wintry wool trousers. While you could wear a t-shirt underneath to keep things more pared-back, we’d recommend a cosy roll-neck knit to keep the luxe levels high. Let the velvet-induced schmoozing begin. 

Words: Ashiana Pradhan
Photography: Mark Sanders
Styling: Millie Rich