Ahhh, velvet – one of the trickiest of fabrics: so luxurious when done right, so outdated when done wrong. Velvet and I definitely have a love/hate relationship. But oh how I was swayed on Tuesday night when Cara Delevingne wore a velvet blazer, putting put a distinct modern twist on the look when she strutted into a London Fashion Week party adorned by a midnight blue velvet blazer by Emilio Pucci.
Chic and commanding, Delevingne paired the look with… uh, well, not really anything else. But with a soft yet structured blazer like that, what more could a girl really need? In Delevingne’s case, apparently just some bold brows, a Mulberry bag, and a pair of sandal heels.
As simple and effortless (yet, totally impressive) this look is, it has me craving some more velvet pieces in my closet. But with such a thin line between modern-glam and looking like someone’s grandmother, a little research proved to be necessary. I celebrity-stalked some of the chicest women I could think of in search of The Official Rules of Velvet. And after taking some lessons from the best, I found some of the most modern, rock chick ways to inject velvet into my seriously lacking wardrobe. Take a look below and steal some style inspiration for yourself. Starting, of course, with Ms. Delevingne herself.
Could she be any cooler?
1. Sarah Jessica Parker's Dress
Rich jewel tones (like emerald green, plum, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s royal blue) offer a lush way to standout.
2. Demi Lovato's Blazer (Plus Pants)
As both Delevingne and Demi Lovato prove, a velvet blazer is a wardrobe staple. Perfect for fall, it can be dressed up for the office or made more casual with sexy leather leggings or a simple pair of jeans.
3. Katy Perry's Skater Dress
A short and sweet velvet dress looks playful and shows off your legs in a way that's still super classy.
4. Anna Kendrick's '90s Skirt
If all-over-velvet is a smidge too 1980’s for you, a simple velvet skirt is a sleek and elegant option.
5. Angelina Jolie's LBD
When in doubt, go for black. Angelina Jolie shows how classic, sophisticated, and stylish black velvet can truly be.
6. Angelica Timanina's Velvet Bustier
If you feel the need to tone it down, pair a velvet top (like this sexy, plunging piece worn by Angelica Timanina) with a different, contrasting fabric, it keep it from being overwhelming.
7. And Some Blue Velvet Shoes
Still scared to take the plunge? Dip your toes into the water with a pair of velvet shoes, like these blue ones that totally pop.
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