What to wear for Christmas: Velvet has always been a classic favourite during the festive season due to its warmth and luxurious feel. This year it has taken the fashion world by (wintry) storm appearing on every single garment from head to toe!

It has been plucked out from its comfy classic domain and thrust in to the fashion limelight to become the darling fabric of the fashionistas. Throw out those simple classic rules (for this season anyway) and go wild over velvet.

The Velvet Party Dress

High up in the trend stakes with this season’s must have pleated skirt and slip straps is Monsoon’s Levana velvet midi dress. In bright blue, the pleats bring depth to the velvet pile as it shines in the light.

Price £109 from Monsoon.

Team with a pair of chunky velvet high heels. Miss Pap’s Manon sandals are available in three colours each bringing a different take to the dress. For a fun and colourful statement go for the high contrasting festive wine shade. The steely grey is a strong neutral providing a striking style, whilst the light mocha hue adds softness to the look. Price £30.

This year’s velvet is not just for the evening so after the party season, wear the dress casually with a tee-shirt underneath and flats, or a chunky jumper and boots.

The Velvet Lounge Suit

The trouser suit is still a powerful statement trend. This season the look has softened as it takes on a relaxed lounge style whilst the velvet fabric adds a touch of femininity to the androgynous look.

We love the price of this Peacock crushed velvet suit. Jacket at £20 and wide leg velvet trousers at £16. Available in beige (pictured) or black.

Be daring! Wear New Look’s dark red velvet body suit as a top. Price £19.99. (Available in stores)

Complete the look with a velvet choker. New Look’s burgundy gem choker adds a touch of opulence style without the lavish cost. Price £7.99.

For the Xmas party, wear with strappy velvet heels. Top Shop’s Renee velvet sandals in nude give a tonal look to let the suit and choker take centre stage.

The great advantage of the velvet suit is its versatility in creating several looks when the jacket and trousers are worn separately.

The Velvet Coat

The burgundy velvet trench says glamorous for a night out but will also look great casually with jeans. By Elvi. Price £109.

Go full on velvet and team with a pair of over the knee velvet boots in a contrasting colour. Dune’s Stella lace up back boots are available in bright navy, black and burgundy. Price £170.

Add a touch of fun with Accessorize’s black velvet bag heavily embellished in vibrant blue and red appliqué butterflies, flowers, buttons and sequins. Price £25.

Remember this season velvet is fun so don’t be afraid to pick and mix.

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