It’s a no-brainer for af­ter dark, but you don’t have to save vel­vet for best. Take it from clas­si­cally Bri­tish brand Bo­den, who have rewrit­ten the rules

Grazia (UK) - - Fashion - bo­den.co.uk

IF CRISP COT­TONS and flut­ter­ing silks be­long to sum­mer, then win­ter is all about un­abashedly ex­u­ber­ant fab­rics. And none is as dra­matic or deca­dent as vel­vet. This sea­son, Bo­den is giv­ing the luxe fab­ric a new lease of life: think printed suit­ing and maxidresses in jewel tones with asym­met­ric hems, that ex­ude an easy glam­our. The rich bur­gundy Adora jump­suit is a show­stop­per, paired with be­jew­elled vel­vet slip­pers for an all-out Christ­mas party look.

Vel­vet de­mands max­i­mum ex­po­sure – and also makes an im­me­di­ate style state­ment. A pair of golden ochre wide-leg trousers would look as good with train­ers and a crisp white shirt as they would dressed up with hi-shine, metal­lic Chelsea boots and swathes of ruf­fled silk. And con­sider a vel­vet blazer your hard­est work­ing piece this fes­tive sea­son, worn non­cha­lently with denim or draped over a party dress.

So seize the day – em­brace vel­vet for all your swish Christ­mas par­ties, as well as ca­sual drinks with friends and for walk­ing the dog at the week­end. This sea­son, cel­e­brate the here-and-now, and look great while do­ing it.

Mod­els wear (left to right): As­ton vel­vet jump­suit in Wine, £180, and Ju­lia heels, £120; As­ton vel­vet jump­suit in Black, £180, and Astell heeled boots, £140; vel­vet blazer, £60, vel­vet trousers, £90, and Cordelia heels, £130

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