Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based freelance writer, fashion stylist, and creative director. When she’s not covering fashion week or working on shoots, Truc is an amateur mycologist and enjoys world travels with her family.
Velvet is a particularly popular fabric during the holiday season, but there’s no reason that you can’t keep rocking it through the next few months. While you might want to retire your fancier frocks and embellished heels, there are plenty of trendy, 90s-inspired ways to embrace the tactile, cozy material this winter.
The biggest sign that velvet, like denim and leather, is becoming an all-season fabric? When we noticed it appearing on everything from skate shoes to t-shirts. Best of all, the thick, glossy material will keep your toes warm all winter long — just try to avoid sidewalk slush and any pesky winter salt!
Many of us already own the Alpha Industries nylon bomber — or at least a high street take on the iconic flight jacket — but now it’s been updated in a sumptuous cotton-blend velvet. Wear it now under your winter coat as a layering piece, and throughout spring over your favourite floral dresses.
Without any embellishment and glitter, this velvet headband is casual enough to wear every day. We can’t think of a better way to deal with bad hair days, to be honest.
Zara Pleated Velvet Skirt, $45.90
You can certainly dress up this velvet skirt with earrings and heels, but there’s no reason you can’t also style it with brogues and a stylish hoodie for work. Plus, because the fabric has been permanently pleated, you won’t have to worry about wrinkles or creases showing on the surface.
Give your go-to leather bag a break and try out this velvet backpack by Herschel. We love the trendy dusty rose colour, and there’s a durable — and more stain resistant — nylon lining.
Twik Crushed Velvet Tee, $19.99
Elevate the basic t-shirt while evoking the best 90s fashion trends with this crushed velvet top. Try it with jeans on the weekend, and under a blazer for the office.
Aldo Masen Boots, $65
This mid-calf boot with a 3” block heel could easily become your go-to winter boots, except for when it’s really snowy out. The casual cut and sleek design means they’ll look great with tights, leggings and your everyday skinny jeans.