How To Wear Fall’s Biggest Trend Now

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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

$40

Mango

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

$120

Sam Edelman

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

$250

Acne Studios

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

$3

Forever 21

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

$360

Masscob

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

$385

Tibi

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

$650

Hayward

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

$14

Pretty Little Thing

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

$641

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.

$365

Stuart Weitzman

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

$20

Zara

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

$310

Whistles

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

$655

Attico

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

$621

Malone Souliers

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

$425

Carven

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

$180

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.

$258

Zilla

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

$695

Gianvito Rossi

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

$1,995

ADEAM

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