Velvet is back and I’ve got to say I’m dealing with this news with both excitement and trepidation. I can still remember a beloved pair of navy velvet flared trousers (please don’t laugh) which I returned to Miss Selfridge about 15 years ago after they shrunk after their first wash and became decidedly half-mast. I loved those trousers and followed the washing instructions to the letter but alas they were ruined anyway (not that the shop assistant believed me). I got a refund and then avoided velvet like the plague.
But recently a couple of things happened.
I fell in love with a Boden coat (after those sneaks sent me an enticing catalogue through the post). Cobalt blue, military in style, with velvet detailing on the cuffs, collar and pockets. It was stunning.
I posted it to my Instagram story in a pool of drool only to receive a Whatsapp message from my husband a few minutes later to tell me that he’d bought it for me as (a very early) Christmas present. He really is the best. I love it (and him, obviously), and the velvet feels oh so luxurious. It’s the loveliest and most expensive coat I own and it’s reignited my love for what can be the trickiest of fabrics.
And then I saw this: Stylist and influencer Juliet in head-to-toe mustard yellow velvet at Paris Fashion Week.
What a look. Not one I could pull off in drizzly East Yorkshire that’s for sure, but HELLO VELVET.
“OK sure, so this is all fabulous, but what about the bags?” I hear you say?
Well, I think velvet + bags/accessories is the way to go if you want to tap into this trend without fear of accidentally shrinking your trousers.
First up, it’s Zara, who never disappoint:
I love the colour of this chain bag found on ASOS:
At the other end of the price spectrum is this gorgeous Gucci Marmont bag:
Or this rather lovely YSL Small Kate velvet bag in a rich burgundy. This fabric lends itself so well to bold jewel colours:
Not sold on the velvet bag idea? Then how about a purse? I love these monogrammed ones on Etsy:
And this Velvet Croc coin purse by Whistles is lovely:
While we’re going velvet we might as well have a bit of fun, and this cat purse is very cute:
So what do you think? Are you a fan of velvet or is this trend not for you? Personally I can’t get enough of the new-look velvet and am in need of a new purse so might well be ordering one of the monogrammed ones above. At least I definitely can’t shrink that in the washing machine.