Trendsetter: 4 ways to embrace velvet

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One of those trends that keeps on coming back for more, it’s even got a dessert version, and who’s surprised? Velvet instantly says luxury, thanks to its soft, strokable texture, charmingly impractical nature, and that sheen that doesn’t quite happen on any other fabric. Here’s how to get a li’l of that for you.

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‘90s mixtape
If you had a favorite Spice Girl, know all the words to the Fresh Prince theme, and/or once owned a Tamagotchi or Furby, chances are your first encounter with velvet was in the ‘90s, a decade that celebrated simple, sporty silhouettes in audacious fabrics.

The Hush Hush Velvet Crop Top could have featured in any number of pop videos or suspiciously glamorous sitcom wardrobes from back in the day (how are they affording these clothes?) with thin adjustable straps, a cropped cut, stubbornly straight neckline and a lush velvet finish.

Hush Hush Velvet Crop Top

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If you’re ready to commit to your nostalgia, wear it with the matching Hush Hush Velvet Pant. For a subtler ‘90s nod, wear with a mini skirt, tall boots and a choker. Or go understated and mix it in with your current favorite jeans and a smart blazer. It can be as loud as you like.

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Loafing around
Anyone who loves a corset-clad, bodice-ripping period drama knows that velvet was once strictly for the loaded Victorian upper classes. Luckily it’s a lot more democratic now, so grab yourself the Your Majesty Faux Fur Velvet Loafer Slides, which are one extremely elegant way to curtsy to velvet’s rich roots. They have a toebox done in sumptuous velvet, buckled with a metallic buckle, and are even lined in faux fur at the back, just to take it that extra step.

Your Majesty Faux Fur Velvet Loafer Slides

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Your own mansion. Except, nah, too much upkeep. Chandeliers don’t clean themselves. Instead, use these lofty loafers to subtly dress up your favorite outfits. We’re talking jeans and t-shirts, cozy knit sweaters (that faux fur is so fall-approved) and cute mini dresses that need something a little bit extra. Millionaire style without the taxes.

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On track
Look, this is a safe space, so we can all admit we’ve never actually worn those Lycra leggings to work out, unless you count running out for coffee on Sunday morning. Since you’re more likely to be lounging than lunging, ditch the serious sweat-wicking stuff for pure luxury, starting with the Come Undone Velvet Joggers. These pants are comfy like your fave leggings or cotton track pants, with a stretchy drawstring waist and slim fitted legs, but so much chicer, thanks to that soft velvet outer. Think less Paris H, more Riri, Kim and Kendall.

Come Undone Velvet Joggers

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That depends on your plans. If you have a day out in the diary, style with a simple bodysuit and high heeled booties, and if it’s a blissful do-nothing one, embrace all out ‘00s-style indulgence in the matching Come Undone Velvet Hoodie and your favorite black sneakers. Athwear goes A-list.

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All night
Maybe the best time to indulge your velvet obsession is on a night out that demands something special. Not only is it the fabric of extravagance, but it’s also got a sultry side: what better excuse to get close than a dress that’s super strokable? If that hits the right notes with you, get the To A Lovely Night Velvet Dress, a mini with short sleeves, illusion neckline, exposed back, and all-over velvet finish. Beautiful, bold and fabulously confident.

To A Lovely Night Velvet Dress

Wear with:
Sparkles. Bling it up, baby, this dress is all about showing off your shiniest self. Check out our selection of shimmering, glimmering, sequin shoes for more inspiration.

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Boot-ilicious
Speaking of extremely glam shoes, that’s another fun way to get your velvet fix. We’re head over stiletto heels for the Renaissance Velvet Brocade Over The Knee Boots. Featuring a velvet upper decorated in a swirling embroidered sequin brocade design, these boots are the fancy update you’ve been looking for to add razzle dazzle to outfits you’re meh on. At the moment, they’re available in blue and red, but we have a feeling they’ll be running out the door in a flash of shimmer pretty quick, so get them while you can.

Renaissance Velvet Brocade Over The Knee Boots

Wear with:
The LBD you’ve got tired of, or the new bodycon dress you’ve been waiting for an excuse to show off. Seriously, these have all the star power you need to get all eyes on you.

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