I know we all live in different places, but here in New York City, it’s bone-chillingly cold for the first time in months…and I don’t think I’m emotionally prepared. As someone from California who has lived on the east coast for years now, I still get thrown off when it comes to clothes to wear when it drops below 50 degrees. But as frustrating as the adjustment to cold weather fashion can be, there’s plenty of excitement to squeeze out of it too, especially if you’re into fashion. Cold weather means the return of some fabrics and materials that don’t work so well during warmer months, like leather, wool, suede, and–one of my favorites–velvet.
Like, sure, you can wear velvet in the summer or something, but you’ll get super hot and look a little out-of-season. That’s why winter is, like, the ultimate season for velvet. It’s also why you’ll see some of your favorite stores selling velvet like crazy right now. Don’t get all velveted out too soon! Believe it or not, there are some really cute ways to wear velvet that go beyond a basic velvet mini dress. If you’re skeptical, get some inspo with these 15 ways to wear velvet that aren’t boring. From velvet jumpsuits to velvet shoes, you’re going to turn into the heart eyes emoji when you check out these unique ways to rock a winter classic.
1. High Waist Flares
Even if you’re not into flares, it’s hard not to love this style. Pair with a form fitting top to contrast the loose bottom layer, throw on some ankle boots, and you’re set.
2. Velvet Jumpsuit
Here’s why velvet jumpsuits rule. They look glamorous AF, they feel super luxe, and they’ll keep you warm in chilly weather. Pair with boots or heels and your outerwear of choice to dress them up or down
3. Crushed Velvet Duster
You don’t see a lot of velvet outerwear, but I think this piece in particular is worth coveting. Mixing the velvet with some embroidery is very boho and will add a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ to even the most dull outfit.
4. Velvet Knee-High Boots
Go all out with velvet knee high boots and pair them with your favorite mini skirt, turtleneck, and coat for a sophisticated but fun look.
5. Velvet Headwrap
I don’t know about you, but some of my worst hair days come in winter. Mask the worst of it with this cute velvet headwrap. It also acts as a nice texture accent.
6. Pleated Velvet Midi Skirt
I love this skirt in particular for a lot of reasons: It’s flowy, it’s versatile, but most importantly, it’s rare to see a jewel tone magenta used in velvet form. Velvet is usually either super dark–deep reds, navy blues, black–or muted–champagne whites, mustard yellows. So to see such a vibrant velvet skirt is an automatic winner and it’ll brighten up your winter wardrobe big time.
7. Velvet Spaghetti Strap Top
You can wear this solo or rock it on top of a plain t-shirt or turtleneck. For some serious texture contrast, pair with a long sleeved mesh top underneath.
8. Velvet Earrings
If you want just a pop of velvet, rock it in jewelry form. Your best bet is earrings. You can find some really funky ones at a vintage shop, but Zara has a great collection of ’em this season.
9. Velvet Turtleneck Sack Dress
Velvet dresses so often come in fit-n-flare form, which is great, but it gets pretty tired after a while. Switch it up with this velvet sack style dress instead. Belt it to create more form, or rock it as is.
10. Velvet Leggings
Velvet pants usually come in wide leg styles, so it’s refreshing to stumble upon velvet leggings. You can pair them with an oversized sweater and boots or rock with an ultra cozy turtleneck; whatever provides a nice contrast along your silhouett.
11. Velvet Tube Dress
The ’80s are slowly but surely coming back. If you want to rock a super fancy ’80s look that’s to die for, rock something like this velvet tube dress. If you’re thinking about the perfect dress to wear for that New Year’s party…
12. Velvet Blazer
Velvet blazers can be hard to rock, because they can very easily venture into tacky territory. If you don’t believe me, Google “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire premiere” and prepare to laugh your butt off. Seriously, all the boys from the cast wore these velvet sports jackets that still make me cringe to this day. But this look CAN be conquered. Pair with something like a black mini dress or a black turtleneck and black mini skirt, and you’ll look killer.
13. Velvet Bodysuit
Avoid fussing over tucking in a velvet shirt into your bottoms and just go for a velvet bodysuit instead. This looks perfect paired with everything from skirts, to jeans, to trousers.
14. Velvet Crop Top
This crop top looks really killer with a skirt that can really compete with the heaviness of velvet. Think sequins or heavy denim.
15. Velvet Pinafore Jumpsuit
I love this jumpsuit because, unlike the one featured earlier in this post, this one is great for layering. Whether it’s a turtleneck or a t-shirt, you can create so many looks with very little effort.