Velvet was spotted early on as one of the must-have fall/ winter 2016-2017 fashion trends and if we’re being honest – even on trend it needs to be worn correctly. Velvet is a beautiful material with a fantastic texture and appearance, but it can easily overwhelm you if it is overdone. The soft feel of it is as ideal as the look, but certain care must be taken with the material. It should feel smooth and soft and is often warm, making it an ideal textile for fall.
Velvet has been incredibly popular through several time periods comprising everything from elaborate Victorian style clothing to flapper dresses and wrap dresses. To help you conquer the fall 2016 velvet trend, here are a few must-have velvet fashion pieces, and a tip or two on how to wear them. Each piece is beautiful, showing off the aspects of why velvet is so on trend in fall 2016 and always makes at least a recurring appearance on the runway.
1. Balmain Double-Breasted Velvet Jacket
Starting off strong with the fall 2016 velvet trend is my favorite item on this list: a double-breasted black velvet jacket by Balmain. Bear with me, no other description will be this long, but this jacket has earned it.
This double-breasted jacket can be worn multiple ways and as is typically the case with velvet it will work beautifully well with sheer, lace, leather, and even denim. This coat has everything that makes a great statement piece – eye-catching details, easy-to-wear ability and an overall timeless fashionable feel. It taps into the trend of military style jackets, and catches the eyes with two rows of gold buttons embossed with the labels signature lions.
The waist is nipped in for a flattering fit and there are matching lion embossed gold buttons down the sleeve from just beneath the elbow to the cuff. The center piece can be unbuttoned on either side whenever you like or taken out completely for an open jacket look.
This jacket is versatile, smooth as velvet (pun intended) and alluringly on trend. Start your fall off right with one of the most beautiful fall 2016 velvet pieces and purchase your Balmain jacket at Net-a-Porter.
2. Miu Miu Studded Velvet Ballet Flat
Miu Miu is well known for well-embellished designs and these velvet ballet flats deserve a second look and maybe a third in order to fully appreciate the studs, velvet ankle wraps and even the buckles as they are woven together in this intricate design. Available at Nordstrom, it’s super cute, and in a flat so more comfortable than other options while still being dressy and upscale!
3. Vintage 1970s Velvet Tank
Everybody needs at least one vintage piece in their wardrobe, and this velvet tank is timeless and cute. The soft black velvet is detailed with buttons down the center and gold embellishments. The thin spaghetti straps give this tank a fun look, and this is a mid-seventies era find. Just a note, be careful with vintage pieces, they need a loving hand. You can get this vintage velvet top at Free People.
4. Dannijo Velvet Choker
Available at Neiman Marcus, this choker hit multiple trends by being a choker and an essential for the fall 2016 velvet trend. The richly colored midnight blue choker features an oxidized silver plated Swarovski crystal in the center. The sparkle of the crystals in the ring works beautifully against the soft background of midnight blue velvet.
5. Alice and Olivia Velvet Bodysuit
The V-shaped neckline and long sleeves of this bodysuit are flattering, while disrobing when needed is a breeze thanks to the concealed back zipper. This bodysuit does have to be dry cleaned, but the stylish two-tone design is a beautiful velvet addition to your fall 2016 wardrobe. It can be worn for a polished look with a multitude of pieces from flowing maxi skirts to a pair of fashionable flat-front shorts. You can buy it at Saks Fifth Avenue.
6. Saint Laurent Quilted Velvet Shoulder Bag
Next on our list is this Yves Saint Laurent classic Monogramme bag in a rich emerald colored velvet that is quilted for an ideal, interesting feel beneath your fingers every time you check your bag. The YSL plaque is dead center of the bag for instant brand recognition, while the inside of it is twill lined to softly hold your essentials. Without a doubt the bag is as chic as one would expect from YSL and will not disappoint. Available at Net-a-Porter, it is well sized, not so big you will be tempted to stuff it, and it fits well with the fall 2016 velvet fashion trend.
7. Nasty Gal Layered Velvet Choker
This layered velvet choker is easily my favorite item on the list because it is the easiest to wear and has a fun design that is not too serious. The main portion of the choker is soft black velvet, with a triplet of chains in gold and silver, each with a single charm on it. Get yours at Nasty Gal here!
8. Gucci Velvet Dress
One of the best features of velvet is how well it works with other textures. It is beautiful and stands out subtly and this Gucci fall 2016 dress shows that feature off flawlessly. The actual dress is made of black stretch cotton velvet, with an almond colored lace collar and lace cuffed white tulle sleeves. The lining is silk and there are beautiful color-infused pearly buttons with the decorative GG on each. The back has a covered zip closure and the mid-thigh-length dress is perfect. Purchase one for yourself from Bergdorf Goodman!
9. Pleated Velvet Wrap Dress
This richly colored pleated velvet wrap dress gets an honorable mention as it is flattering (nearly all wrap dresses are, right?), but this one features pleating that shows off the beautiful texture of the soft, warm velvet. It is chic, machine washable and looks amazing from every angle. Get yours at Topshop!
10. Valentino Ankle-Wrap Ballet Sandals in Velvet
Valentino is always dreamy and feminine, and this lovely ballet sandal is the best velvet staple for fall 2016 that you should invest in. Available at Bergdorf Goodman, it comes in a nude color that will complement practically any outfit you wear, be that a chic LBD or a casual look composed of a pair of ripped jeans and a simple tee. The small lacquered block heel makes it so foot-friendly, while the delicate ankle wraps are perfectly in tune with the season’s ‘ballet fever’.
Photos courtesy of Net-a-Porter, Free People, Nasty Gal
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