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How To Wear Velvet Beyond The Holidays

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If you're guilty of investing in sumptuous velvet pieces for the holiday season with no intention of wearing them past December 31st, you needn't beat yourself up. There are actually plenty of ways to wear velvet beyond the holidays and New Years, since the luxe fabric lends itself perfectly to winter dressing. And while fabrics like tweed and houndstooth are equally cozy, there's something less predictable, yet equally versatile, about velvet.

Trading lightweight fabrics like cotton and crepe for heftier velvet styles is a no brainer in cooler temperatures, but the thicker fabric is also virtually foolproof atop layered ensembles. Where other fabrics would show bunching or seams that lie beneath, velvet is plush enough to conceal them.

The key is to mix velvet with non-festive fabrics, like denim, wool, and poplin and to avoid embellishments like shimmering earrings and shoes that conjure up a distinctly holiday vibe. Here, a few easy-to-recreate outfits using a velvet blazer, trousers, and a dress.

Velvet Blazer

If you jumped on the velvet suit bandwagon for the holidays, use the pieces individually for January and beyond. Try teaming your velvet blazer with a turtleneck, midi-length skirt and combat boots. Or layer it over a poplin button down with vintage denim.

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Hannah Double Breasted Blazer

$495

Rachel Zoe

A vibrant, striped sweater will add a whimsical counterpoint to the blazer.

Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater

$540

MSGM

This midi skirt provides a clean, sleek line and makes for a great simple canvas to pair with a bright upper half.

Midi Skirt

$471

Theory

Hefty, lace-up boots will balance the femininity of the midi skirt.

Park Boot

$495

Dear Frances

Another option to pair with a velvet blazer is an oversized white poplin shirt. Pick a style with a minimal collar so as not to compete with the lapels.

Tunic Blouse

$362

Joseph

Temper the festivity of the jacket with light-wash denim in a current, straight-leg silhouette.

Le Sylvie Slender Heritage Straight Leg Jean

$275

Frame

Velvet Trousers

Dress down a velvet trouser with menswear pieces. Try an oversized knit and a peacoat teamed with ankle boots for a less precious take. Incorporate print by layering a tartan dress over the pants and topping the ensemble with a duster coat.

Hall Velvet Pants

$395

Rachel Zoe

Tone down the opulence of the blue velvet trousers with an oversized, oatmeal knit.

Brown Ribbed Turtleneck

$385

Acne

A classic peacoat adds to the menswear charm.

Knit Sleeve Peacoat

$416.98

Derek Lam

Add a pop of color with your boots, or opt for a neutral version in navy or black.

Leider Boot

$1,025

Isabel Marant

Alternatively, you can layer a printed dress in a similar color family over the wide-leg trousers to create a fresh silhouette.

Plaid Print Dress

$119

Zara

Finish the look with a long duster coat.

Black Long Duster Coat

$875

Harris Wharf

Velvet Dress

Layer a dress over a turtleneck and boots and top with a slouchy blazer for a work-appropriate ensemble. Or wear it under a roomy cardigan and chunky scarf with riding boots for the weekend.

Aly Velvet Faux Wrap Midi Dress

$495

Rachel Zoe

Choose a slim-fitting turtleneck that will layer seamlessly under the v-neck dress.

Stretch Turtleneck Top

$195

Les Reveries

A boxy, oversize blazer can be worn open over the dress for a casual spin on workwear.

Check Wool Blazer

$1,950

Calvin Klein

Finish with tall boots in optic white.

Hart Boots

$995

Tibi

For a more casual take, layer a long cardigan over the dress.

Long Bow Cardigan

$79.90

Mango

Add a luxe scarf in a neutral shade.

Cashmere Scarf

$99.99

Zara

Finish with buttery riding boots.

Brooke Riding Boots

$299

Tory Burch