Velvet may not be an obvious choice for spring but after having seen it in lilac, teal and white on the runway in Victoria Beckham's recent spring collection and seeing it pop up in many other collections we're convinced that it's a wearable option for spring. The trick is to rethink how you wear it and we've put together some great looks from local and online labels to give you some ideas on how to adopt velvet into your spring wardrobe.
Choose Soft Tones and Silhouettes
While you're probably more used to thinking of velvet as dark and moody, thanks to its resurgence in popularity there are lots of other colour choices available now too. We're particularly fond of nude velvet which looks charming on this ASOS Velvet Cowl Back dress with its beautiful draped cowl back that makes it an elegant evening or occasion look. We also couldn't go passed this easy to wear slouchy blazer and wide leg trouser combination in the softest pink which is a popular hue for spring too.
Embrace the 90s Slip Dress
The 90s are back in a big way in fashion and one of our favourite pieces from the 90s was definitely the slip dress so it's great to see it back in 2016. Shakuhachi hit the nail on the head with their beautiful Bianca Velvet Midi dress in burgundy which is a much more chic version of the style we wore back in the 90s. Likewise The Lioness' The Jerry Hall Velvet Wrap dress also gives us suitably 90s vibes even though it's more a wrap dress than a slip dress it still has the neckline and straps of a slip dress and we love the blue hue of this look.
Pick Black Velvet for Evening
Black velvet is ultimately a pretty sexy fabric, even more so when it's in a simple but well-cut silhouette like this Bec & Bridge Midnight Sage Jumpsuit which would make a great party choice or work for an evening event. Similarly this stunning Dion Lee Fine Line Cami is an effortless look that could easily be styled more boldly but makes for a stylish night time look with cigarette trousers or a pencil skirt.
Try a Jewel-Toned Party Dress
Velvet looks amazing in jewel tones and we're all for colourful party dresses that make you look and feel great. If you're after something to hug your curves this Ava Green Velvet Wiggle dress is by Zoe Vine and available from vintage-inspired boutique Rita Sue. We love the subtle print and the fact that this dress has a bit of stretch so it moulds beautifully to your shape. Yvonne Bennetti has long been a party dress queen and her Cassidy Dress makes a glamorous choice for a spring event with winsome embellishment around the neckline.
Opt for a Midi-Length Velvet Skirt
Midi-length is definitely the most practical skirt length and it's had a huge rise in popularity over the past few seasons but for spring we're loving the velvet midi-length skirt options. Who can forget Blake Lively's amazing buttercup yellow velvet dress by Valentino that she wore at Cannes earlier in year? Well, we were pretty pleased with ourselves to find a similar hue on this sublime Topshop Velvet Pleated Skirt and we want it immediately. We're also adoring Liam's stunning MGM skirt with black velvet stripes and a velvet waistband not to mention the matching top which makes for a subtle and sensual look.
Go for Floral Velvet
While we know there are always lots of floral options for spring, floral velvet is just a bit more luscious to wear and has that lovely texture as well. Trelise Cooper loves to use velvet in her collections and this season her Cooper Devore dress has a romantic appeal and seventies vibe with the added fringing and flowing sleeves. If you want to wear floral velvet but fancy something simpler ASOS have a pretty Velvet Cami Midi dress that has a soft colour palette and is in an easy to wear slip style.
Images from each brand's websites.