Nothing says Christmas quite like the sumptuous texture of velvet. It has all the properties we associate with the festive season: ostentation, luxury, warmth... Here are five gorgeous velvet items perfect for the party season.
This moon motif velvet body from Mango is an ideal way to ease into this tactile trend. Women worry about wearing velvet because they think it will add bulk and weight to their frames, but this fitted body is beautifully neat and fitted. The midnight blue shade is extremely flattering, particularly to pale skins, and this piece can be easily dressed up or down.
Blue body, €25.95 at Mango
This is a perfect Christmas Day piece. The voluminous half sleeves give this sweatshirt a real point of difference and a nice fashion edge, and this shade of powder blue ties in with this season's penchant for pastels (which is following through for SS18). I'd wear this with a pair of tailored, slouchy trousers.
Sweatshirt, €85 at Uterque.com
Both the velvet fabric and crinkle effect give this top added texture. The deep V neckline and pointed rise at the centre of the waistline create an interesting cut that works beautifully when paired with something high-waisted, such as these cropped pants.
Crinkle ruched blouse, €46 at Topshop
The asymmetric hem of this dress prevents it from overwhelming the model's petite frame. The colour is rich and warm, and the high neckline and long sleeves make it ideal day wear for the festive season. However, pair it with your favourite killer heels and it will take you anywhere.
Green dress, €250 at Maje
I adore these culottes, especially when paired with this sash belt jacket. To make the look entirely your own, pair it with statement jewellery and a fabulous pair of heels. Because the outfit is so understated, you can go wild with your accessories.
Culottes, €39.95 at Zara