Velvet is having a moment. You can’t have missed it. It reminds me of my childhood when everything was better if it was made of velvet. Floppy hats, rucksacks, scarves – nothing was complete with a velvet bow. Now is the perfect time to embrace this trend again. But with one proviso: keep it simple.
I wouldn’t blame you if you give those stretchy, crushed velvet mini-dresses a miss. I’m going to swerve that one completely, and turn to the velvet trouser instead. They’re grown up, yet fun. Formal, yet comforting.
A pair of velvet trousers is just the thing to fill the gap in your winter wardrobe for those in-betweeny events – the kind of ones that veer between smart and casual. They’ll see you through those busy days when you need to steer yourself from office to party – or school run to festive drinks.
Look for rich, berry-coloured hues or midnight blues. My Burgundy-coloured skinny trousers are by Uniqlo. They have a mince-pie-friendly stretchy waistband, but also manage to look really rather elegant with heels and a simple shirt. Add tasselled, statement earrings for easy glamour.
Shirt, £25, La Redoute
Black ankle boots, £39.50, Marks and Spencer
Earrings, £5.99, New Look
Need more inspiration? Here are some more of my favourites…
Clockwise, from top left: Green velvet trousers, £80, Boden
Wide trousers, £14.90, Uniqlo
Navy velvet jeggings, £45, White Stuff
Black jeans with a velvet trim, £39.50, Marks and Spencer
Will you be wearing velvet this winter?