Trend Watch: Velvet Empire

I first started noticing this trend last winter, but lately it’s been everywhere – and rendered in many different ways. I’m talking about velvet, which last had a major fashion moment in the 1990s. Today I’m seeing crushed velvet, felted velvet, and of course, regular, plush velvet. While I’m still dubious about velvet’s breathability as an everyday fabric, I have to admit that it’s a fun way to luxe up your wardrobe. Today I’m highlighting a bunch of velvet pieces that may also make great gift (or wish list) items!

From L to R, from the top

YACUN Women’s Velvet Short Bomber Jacket Coat – $22.99 @ Amazon is a treasure trove for velvet everything, including this double-trendy jacket that layers beautifully.

Gem Velvet Backpack – $69 @ Simon’sIf any fashion accessory needs dressing up, it’s your backpack. This chic little bag comes in three jewel tones.

Skinnydip Velvet Pencil Set – $12 @ Urban OutfittersYeah, even school supplies are getting velvety. This fun set also includes an eraser – and everything is stamped with messages like ‘Killin It’ or ‘Yasss Queen’

Gema Slides – $110 @ Steve MaddenVelvet shoes – particularly 70s-inspired platforms and boots – are a big thing right now. I like these skater-y slides, to edge up this otherwise femme fabric.

Velvet Miniaudiere – $49 @ Town ShoesYou can’t go wrong pairing velvet with eveningwear; nab this timeless clutch in four classic hues like ruby red and sapphire blue.

Velvet Belt – $11.50 @ ArdeneWant to dip your toe in this trend? Opt for a simple accessory like a belt, to add a little femininity to your look.

Trina Turk Velveteen One-Piece Swimsuit – $224 @ Hudson’s Bay: This is one velvet trend that’s totally unexpected, but many swimwear brands launched velvet suits this past summer. Worried about getting it wet? Save it for poolside lounging then.

TOPMAN Velveteen Joggers – $65 @ Hudson’s BayAnother big shift in the velvet trend is the fact some pieces are being released for men. This loungewear-style pant is a perfect way for him take advantage of this plush material without fretting about standing out on the street.

Velvet Choker – $4.90 @ Forever 21Another 90s trend? Chokers. Pair ’em together with this super cheap-chic accessory.

Chelsea28 Pleated Velvet Skirt – $61.48 @ NordstromI love velvet rendered in notice-me hues, like this fall-ready mustard skirt that also captures another huge trend this year: the pleated midi.

Black Velvet Fur Pom Hat – $29.99 USD @ Velvet CaviarTop off your look with a velvet ball cap, coming in three dark hues. Don’t love the fur pom pom? It detaches!

Twik Crushed Velvet Tee – $25 @ Simon’s: If you want to go all-in on the velvet look, Simon’s is the the place to shop. This crushed velvet top comes in four colours – with skirts to coordinate with or wear as separates.


Want to score an extra entry into my The Night Sky giveaway? Tell me in the comments below – what’s your favourite velvet gift idea from this list? Are you ready to re-rock this trend?

24 Responses to “Trend Watch: Velvet Empire”
  1. Sherry K says:

    I like the Yacun short Bomber Jacket, very cute addition to regular t-shirt and jeans.

  2. katydidit21 says:

    I love the Velvet Miniaudiere – an evening clutch in velvet is a classic!

  3. Joan G. says:

    The Gema Slides look so comfortable.

  4. I have velvet lackeys in jewel tones so I’m ready but the yellow skirt is cute

  5. Kelly H says:

    I like the Twik Crushed Velvet Tee – $25 @ Simon’s

  6. Kim K says:

    I like the velvet belt from Ardene

  7. Enelram Latsok says:

    I love the Trina Turk Velveteen One-Piece Swimsuit – so beautiful!

  8. M. Archambeau says:

    I want those slides!

  9. Alison K says:

    Bonus The Night Sky Entry : My favourite velvet gift idea from this list would be the Velvet Belt – $11.50 @ Ardene, as I’m not quite ready to re-rock this trend. Thanks

  10. Susan says:

    I like the CHELSEA28 Pleated Velvet Skirt.

  11. Alyssa says:

    I really like the velvet backpack. Id rock that!

  12. Giselle says:

    I love the look of the velvet backpack but I’m not sure how practical it is! I guess a an occasional purse it would be fine.

  13. The clutch- velvet in moderation

  14. aketch says:

    I love the velvet shoes. Great for colder months!

  15. sophie lapierre says:

    I Reallly like those pants !! But the pale pink one piece too !! And yes, I’m so ready to re-stock this trend !!! I love Velvet all the way !! Thanks for this gorgeous giveaway !!

  16. Judy says:

    Well, I think I am too old for velvet, but I do know a young lady who would love the Yucan short bomber jacket.

  17. ginette4 says:

    I like the Black Velvet Fur Pom Hat – don’t think that I will be rocking this trend though

  18. Anne Derkat says:

    I’ve always loved velvet and would pick the velvet jacket.

  19. cookie3 says:

    I really like the velvet bomber jacket as well as the crushed velvet tees.

  20. bkick1 says:

    I do like the Black Velvet Fur Pom Hat for the younger set but not for me.

  21. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    My favorite is the YACUN Women’s Velvet Short Bomber Jacket Coat.

  22. The skirt for me perfect with brown riding boots

  23. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the backpack most!

  24. Denae Boucher says:

    The backpack is super cool!

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