You’ll Want Some Velvet for Fall

By ERICA M. BLUMENTHAL

 We’re living in a velvet lover’s dream. Designers can’t seem to get enough of the shimmery stuff. Part of the allure may be its transformative quality, instantly lending even basics an air of luxe. Since almost anything you may want — party-ready pantsuits, retro-glam toppers, kick-around sneakers — can be found in velvet, here are some ways to work it into your fall wardrobe.
Swap Your Jeans for Velvet Trousers

Before breaking out the shimmer and sparkle that go with velvet trousers for the holidays, think of them as you would a versatile pair of jeans. They’re available in assorted cuts, similar to those trending in denim, and will look nicely casual on the weekend with a gray sweatshirt and ankle boots. For a dressier look, go all textural with a silk blouse and shearling jacket.

From left: 3.1 Phillip Lim cropped stovepipe pants, $750 at 3.1 Phillip Lim, 31philliplim.com; Arthur Arbesser wide-leg trousers, $590 at avenue32.com; Ulla Johnson overalls, $510 at avenue32.com; Rosetta Getty flared culottes, $780 at Fivestory, fivestoryny.com; Concrete and Water hand-dyed pants, $330 at Concrete and Water, concreteandwater.com.

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Velvet bottoms come in all kinds of cuts.

Dip a Toe Into the Trend

A pop of velvet is a magical accent that can pull a look together, especially when it takes the form of footwear. If you’re layering up in flannel and knitwear this month, a pair of velvet shoes is both a trick and a treat.

From left: Balenciaga velvet and patent leather boots, $720 at mytheresa.com; Superga velvet lace-up sneakers, $119 at bloomingdales.com; Tabitha Simmons velvet ankle boots, $845 at mytheresa.com; Schutz zip-up velvet oxfords, $180 at Schutz, schutz-shoes.com.

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You can wear velvet from head to toe this fall.

Do the Superstar Look With a Velvety Topper

On the cover of her new “Joanne” album, Lady Gaga makes a strong case for a velvety topper. Her luxurious pink hat, $680, is from a limited edition by the Los Angeles milliner Gladys Tamez. Others that make the statement, at a not-so-steep price, can be found from Janessa Leone, Eugenia Kim and Gigi Burris, whose wide-brim fedoras come in lovely shades of gray, navy, emerald green and rose.

Gigi Burris handmade wool fedora, $355 at Bergdorf Goodman, bergdorfgoodman.com.

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The perfect hat for anyone seeking to imitate Lady Gaga’s “Joanne” album cover.

 

Go for the Unexpected
Velvet designer bags are surely having a moment; just walk into Chanel, Gucci or Bottega Veneta. A less expected, and less expensive, way to get the look is with a velvet backpack. It’s an instant, and manifestly easy, game changer.

Herschel Supply Company velvet backpack with leather trim, $173 at asos.com.

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A velvet backpack is both a functional item and a fashion statement.

Source: nytimes.com

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