BE AS SMOOTH AS VEL­VET

THISDAY Style - - CONTENT - BY FUNKE BABS-KUFEJI

Have you al­ways thought vel­vet is too glitzy for you? Too Lib­er­ace-es­que and so best left in the closet? Think again be­cause this suave and swanky fabric is too good to keep un­der lock and key. But to look good in vel­vet means wear­ing it right. Here’s how to look su­per sharp in this most lux­u­ri­ous of fab­rics.

CHOOSE REAL VEL­VET

Vel­vet only looks classy if it’s good qual­ity. Avoid vel­vet made from syn­thetic fab­rics, such as those pro­duced in polyester and ny­lon. They not only look cheap, they don’t wear well ei­ther. Real vel­vet, wo­ven from silk or cot­ton, is the only choice for gents with style. It oozes qual­ity and au­then­tic­ity and as long as you look af­ter it, it will keep you look­ing great for years. MAI ATAFO

JACK­ETS

Vel­vet looks best when you choose one smart, tai­lored piece worn with con­trast­ing fab­rics. For a dressed down look, pair your jacket with a plain t-shirt, sim­ple silk scarf, dark trousers and a pair of Chelsea boots. J PHANTOM

TROUSERS

The golden rule for wear­ing vel­vet trousers is to go for a slim, straight-leg cut. Colour-wise, black vel­vet will al­ways be the clas­sic choice, but it’s worth con­sid­er­ing other colours too. The best bet is to keep them dark and plain. NOBLE IGWE

AC­CES­SORIES

If you’re not ready to go for a vel­vet jacket or pants, con­sider some well cho­sen vel­vet ac­ces­sories in­stead. A stylish vel­vet bow tie, pocket square or waist coat or a gray pair of shoes is a great way to liven up an out­fit. BANKY W & LOLU AROKODARE

NOBLE IGWE

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