How to wear velvet this season

How to wear velvet this season

Ideas on how to wear velvet this season. Velvet is a very versatile fabric. It is usually associated with evenings and parties. This season velvet has come out of the dark and can be worn during the day as well as the night. It is rich and sumptuous and has a sensuous feel and lustrous look.

The ruby red Devore velvet long line jacket I am wearing above is by Mango (last season). I found similar styles at Eileen Fisher, and a navy version at Nordstrom.

How to wear velvet this season

My wide velvet trousers are by MarksandSpencer (last year). This year’s version is  similar. My silver sparkly shoes add a touch of bling. similar at Nordstrom and Boden.

During the day I wear my velvet trousers with either my metallic boots or my Paul Green lace-ups. I included them in my capsule Paris wardrobe. You can see how I wore my velvet trousers in Paris in the photo below and here.

How to wear velvet this season

Photo by Susan of Unefemme.


Photos were taken at Syon Park by Laura Hines. She has perfectly captured my sumptuous velvet jacket. Follow her on Instagram.


Do you wear velvet during the day?


  1. 17th November 2017 / 13:34

    I went off to Banana Republic and bought their dark red velvet blazer..well, too fast there! It is stiff and was quickly returned. I do think you have to be careful that the velvet is soft and not like cardboard! And then, I pulled out of the storage closet a gorgeous dark green, luscious, soft velvet sort of “over shirt” that my Mother had given me, from Ann Taylor, back in maybe 1990? 1996? Well, I hung it up, steamed it a bit and it is SO perfect!! What is old is new again, right? It is a lesson (for me) to save what I love!

    • 17th November 2017 / 19:58

      Hi Libby
      I agree with you velvet need to drape well. The vintage velvets are divine they were made from real silk. There is nothing worse than stiff velvet. I have not tried the Banana Republic ones.

    17th November 2017 / 13:44

    I ALWAYS wear VELVET by DAY…………………LOVE IT!

    • 17th November 2017 / 19:55

      Hi La Contessa
      I know and you look fabulous in it.

  3. Judy Starling
    17th November 2017 / 13:55

    Fabulous, Josephine, really fabulous! That red is perfect on you.

    • 17th November 2017 / 19:51

      Thanks for your comment Judy. I am loving red this season. So cheerful with the grey London skies.

  4. Linda
    17th November 2017 / 14:04

    I live in a warm climate, so wearing velvet pants or tops are too much for me! I do have some velvet burnout scarves which are very nice and add that rich touch. You look great in the red coat!

    • 17th November 2017 / 19:52

      Hi Linda
      I love those velvet scarves I have some from way back and still love them.

  5. 17th November 2017 / 15:26

    Ann Taylor has velvet cami’s this season. I just bought every color and they will be my new pj top! They will probably make it with jeans and jackets too. They are loose fitting so the velvet drapes instead of clings. You win for the best look with this jacket of last season and the perfect necklace!!-Bon Weekend My Friend!

    • 17th November 2017 / 19:50

      Thanks for your lovely comment. If I lived in the States I would definitely buy the Ann Taylor cami’s they sound gorgeous.

  6. Wendy
    17th November 2017 / 18:58

    You look amazing in that colour. There doesn’t seem to be any colour that you can’t wear!

    • 17th November 2017 / 19:26

      Hi Wendy
      I definitely can’t wear the orange reds or the mustards and yellow khakis. I tend to stick to the blue toned reds and the pastel blues and pinks.

  7. Christine
    17th November 2017 / 21:32

    Absolutely gorgeous.

    • Shirley / Vancouver, B.C.
      18th November 2017 / 07:10

      Wow, you look wonderful in this outfit. Love the red against the white blouse and black pants. Your coloring is the same as mine so I can also wear these colors except I am shorter so, I have to cut down on the length of the jacket. Love your blog. Keep it up.

      • 18th November 2017 / 11:07

        Thanks Shirley. If you are shorter I would also advise wearing slimmer trousers.

  8. Janet
    18th November 2017 / 09:10

    You are just looking better and better these days. Is it a new “do” or make-up or simply embracing more dramatic colour and silhouettes? You look wonderful and the looks you showcase are lovely.

    • 18th November 2017 / 11:03

      Thank you so much Janet. I am wearing the Lookfabulousforever make-up and I am also trying some brighter colours. I think as my hair has gone grey the brighter tones are suiting me better. I used to wear lots of grey but it now feels a bit drab unless it is a light silver. Plus I have a very good photographer.

  9. 19th November 2017 / 08:32

    I really love velvet and I’m eyeing up some quality things in the hope they will survive to the sales! Back in the late 1980s I had a great find at a jumble sale in a rural village- a late 50s early sixties Black silk velvet swing coat which I got for 50p. I wore it for many years (having removed the mink collar!) and then a few years ago spent a few quid getting a repairs done by a dressmaker. As you said the texture is just divine and has lasted much longer than all my more modern velvet, hoping I can squeeze a couple more years from my magenta velvet jeans….

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