How To Wear Fall’s Biggest Trend Now


Summer’s still in full swing, and we’re not finished reveling in our warm-weather outfits. But when the urge to shop hits, we’ve got our eye on transitional items we can wear now and into fall. The trend we’re dying to get a jump on may surprise you—it’s velvet. The luxe fabric ruled the fall runways yet it’s totally wearable for hot weather with a few deft styling tricks. And the look has A-list approval thanks to a slew of our favorite It girls who’ve been rocking it of late, from Hailey Baldwin to Blake Lively to Kendall Jenner. Here, 19 ways to wear the trend now, plus savvy tips for carrying off each item throughout the season to come.

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Velvet Touch

Velvet Dress



Gorgeous with simple sandals now, a crushed-velvet slip dress layers beautifully over a thin knit or button-down for fall.

Susie Velvet Sandals


Sam Edelman

A demure block heel pairs with everything from dresses to jeans—simply add socks underneath when temps drop.

Lucinda Velvet Mini Skirt


Acne Studios

Team a lustrous mini with a tank in the heat. To transition, a mid-length jacket looks cool over top.

Velvet Choker


Forever 21

A subtle choker has universal appeal through the seasons—try it layered with a lariat necklace for work and play.

Atlas V-Neck Velvet Dress



Temper a plunging neckline with lace-up flats for summer nights—textured ankle boots are the perfect sub come autumn.

Cecil Loafers



Team these with tailored trousers and a T-shirt for casual polish. Throw on a cozy knit when the chill sets in.

Hayward Shopper



A velvet tote enlivens any look, from a tank dress now to silky separates later.

Sophia Black Velvet Soft Bra


Pretty Little Thing

A plush bra is sexy for summer nights and a chic reveal beneath shirting during layering season.

Ribbed Velvet Mini Skirt


Anthony Vaccarello

Cool with a sexy stiletto and bodysuit on hot days, a ribbed mini works just as well with over-the-knee boots and a leather jacket on a brisk night.

The Chicflat Flat


Stuart Weitzman

Velvet ballet flats dress up a summer frock. Carry the look into fall with a layer of tights.

Velvet Bodysuit



Perfect under high-waisted denim with summer slides. A topper is an easy add when warmth is needed.

Medina Velvet High Sandal



Ladylike with wide-leg culottes and a blouse, continue the look in fall with a structured coat.

Patti Velvet Wrap Top



A wrap sweater combats overactive AC—when the weather shifts, wear it on the regular with slim jeans and boots.

Savannah Lace-Up Velvet Sandals


Malone Souliers

The epitome of femininity with a breezy hemline in the sun, try with heavier textures in fall.

Velvet Short Dress



With metallic heels, a cap-sleeve dress is summer-fresh. Swap for mid-calf patent boots for a moodier transition.

Velvet-Coated Sunglasses


Italia Independent

On warm days, these coated sunnies are cool with a bohemian top and cutoffs. When it becomes brisk, they play nicely with a hat and scarf.

Detacheable Strap Crossbody Bag



A convertible bag lends texture to lightweight separates that can be traded for cozier knits in autumn.

Velvet Ballet Flats


Gianvito Rossi

A darling alternative to heels, these ankle-strap velvet flats are evening-elegant no matter the season.

Velvet-Paneled Plissé-Chiffon Dress



Velvet panels feel summer-appropriate when rendered in pale pink. A jewel-toned topper carries the dress into a cooler season.