FA L L FOR VELVET
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
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