Velvet clothing and accessories have long been reserved for fall and winter formal occasions or the holiday season, but it has recently proven itself to be a fall staple for casual, everyday use. Fall 2016 fashion week’s designers and brands such as Baja East, Etro, H&M Studio, and Jill Stuart showcased velvet pieces in casual looks that can be worn at any time, for any occasion. The inspiration behind these collections ranged from streetwear and graphic designs to dark glamour and rock and roll, all of which set the tone for more mass retailers to get on board with this trend.
At this point in the fall season, almost every popular retailer, of both fast fashion and luxury genres are carrying velvet pieces that slash the concept of reserving the soft, opulent stuff for just formal settings. Products encompassed in this trend include clothing, accessories, and footwear, in fabrics that slightly switch up the pile and plushness via velvet, velveteen, and crushed velvet. From ankle boots to subtle cross body bags to leggings and quilted bomber jackets, there is an abundance of choices for everyone this fall. Be sure to check out M Missoni‘s extra-versatile ankle boots, as well as Rag & Bone’s edgy flared velvet jeans, both perfect for the ideal fall day. Pair Forever 21‘s taupe velvet skater dress with over-the-knee boots and statement jewelry, or dress down Talbot‘s velveteen blazer with a crisp white button-down and jeans.
Click through the slideshow above to see our other top picks for casual velvet pieces this fall season.