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.
Gorgeous with simple sandals now, a crushed-velvet slip dress layers beautifully over a thin knit or button-down for fall.
A demure block heel pairs with everything from dresses to jeans—simply add socks underneath when temps drop.
Team a lustrous mini with a tank in the heat. To transition, a mid-length jacket looks cool over top.
A subtle choker has universal appeal through the seasons—try it layered with a lariat necklace for work and play.
Temper a plunging neckline with lace-up flats for summer nights—textured ankle boots are the perfect sub come autumn.
Team these with tailored trousers and a T-shirt for casual polish. Throw on a cozy knit when the chill sets in.
A velvet tote enlivens any look, from a tank dress now to silky separates later.
A plush bra is sexy for summer nights and a chic reveal beneath shirting during layering season.
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.
Velvet ballet flats dress up a summer frock. Carry the look into fall with a layer of tights.
Perfect under high-waisted denim with summer slides. A topper is an easy add when warmth is needed.
Ladylike with wide-leg culottes and a blouse, continue the look in fall with a structured coat.
A wrap sweater combats overactive AC—when the weather shifts, wear it on the regular with slim jeans and boots.
The epitome of femininity with a breezy hemline in the sun, try with heavier textures in fall.
With metallic heels, a cap-sleeve dress is summer-fresh. Swap for mid-calf patent boots for a moodier transition.
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.
A convertible bag lends texture to lightweight separates that can be traded for cozier knits in autumn.
A darling alternative to heels, these ankle-strap velvet flats are evening-elegant no matter the season.
Velvet panels feel summer-appropriate when rendered in pale pink. A jewel-toned topper carries the dress into a cooler season.