The Fall 2012 runways were all about the plush revival of velvet – and after waiting all summer, it’s finally cold enough to break out the luxed-up fabric. The only problem? Velvet can be a tricky material to wear. Incredibly chic when done right, velvet also has the potential to look dated and costume-y when done wrong. So, before you take the rich trend out for a spin, check out a few dos and don’ts from our stylists below.
Less is more.
Already super-rich and glamorous on its own, there’s no need for over-the-top hair and makeup. Stick to soft waves and a neutral lipstick for a more demure look.
Take baby steps.
Not ready for a full-on velvet dress? That’s totally okay. Ease into the trend with a velvet headband or bow adornment on your shoes (like these pairs).
Add some texture.
Team the thick, plush fabric with contrasting materials like delicate satin or silk for a holiday-ready look.
Stick to neutrals.
Classic black, navy blue, and other dark neutrals work best with this plush fabric. And as for purple? Unless you’re going for the whole Prince look, it’s best to steer clear.
Layer on a few vintage necklaces and cocktail rings, just stay away from anything too precious-looking (like ribbons and pearls) to avoid childhood flashbacks.
By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor
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