7 Ways To Wear Velvet This Fall, Just Like Cara

Ahhh, velvet – one of the trickiest of fabrics: so luxurious when done right, so outdated when done wrong.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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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