How To Wear Velvet To Holiday Parties And Beyond

Photographed by Tory Rust

Let it live beyond Christmas Eve

Velvet's a tough one. It’s a fabric we love to wear, but it has the potential to go so wrong, so fast. A prime example: the tacky bodycon holiday dress.

However, with the right styling, this textured fabric not only looks super luxurious, but it can make its way into any occasion. 

Below, with the help of stylist Heather Newberger’s velvet expertise, we show you six different ways to rock the trend—at the holiday party and beyond. From DIY-inspired mom jeans to pairing the fabric with your summer staples, be prepared to wear velvet way after the ball drops.

Click through the editorial below to read on. 

Photographer: Tory Rust
Stylist: Heather Newberger

Stylist's Assistant: Miyah Fitzgerald
Makeup: Eric Vosburg
Hair: Ashley Rubell
Models: Erica Miramontes at Request, Karmay at Nomad Mgmt

Casting: Cano Castings

Photo by Tory Rust

Jazz up your jeans
If you’re looking for a way to incorporate velvet—a fabric that tends to feel pretty luxe—into your casual wear, try adding it to your choice of jeans.

Though it won’t be hard to find the perfect paneled or embellished pair out there, this trend is something any DIY enthusiast should total get behind. Whether you’re looking to patch, embellish, or trim, the possibilities are endless. “All you need is a needle, thread, and a little velvet trim,” says Newberger.

Erica is wearing a Zara top, PH5 tank top, WAH London by ASOS pants and shoes, and COS socks. Karmay is wearing an & Other Stories top, ASOS White pants, stylist's own necklace, and ASOS shoes.