Velvet Loving


 Heather Ratcliffe explains why she loves velvet this season, from it’s dominance on the A/W catwalk to it’s versatility as a wardrobe staple.

From the runways of Gucci to the rails of Topshop, velvet is a key A/W trend for 2012. Velvet is a fabric that seems to filter into my wardrobe time and time again, and this season is no exception.

Topshop and Miss Selfridge have this trend nailed with velvet pieces including dresses, tops, skirts, blazers, leggings and even shoes! Whether it’s just a splash of velvet in the form of high heels you prefer, or a figure hugging velvet dress, you can rock one of this season’s hottest trends at high street prices. Velvet  ties in perfectly with the current gothic trend, combining black lace with velvet pieces in solid jewel colours like deep blues, emerald greens and dark ruby reds is a great way of injecting a little gothic glam into your autumn/winter wardrobe. Perfect for upcoming Christmas parties.

Personally, I love the velvet revival! This season I have already invested in black velvet leggings from Topshop, a cool addition to my wardrobe and an easy, stylish way of dressing up a plain cream blouse. The benefit of velvet is that it is extremely versatile. Depending how you wear it, velvet can be used both subtly to enhance outfits or used to make a bold fashion statement. I have certainly taken style inspiration from Kim Kardashian who has been spotted donning a gorgeous black velvet jumpsuit earlier this month. Other celebrities embracing the jewel toned velvet trend include Nicole Richie and Sarah Jessica Parker. These style gurus’s cannot be wrong, therefore I will definitely be loosening my purse strings this season to invest in velvet.