Gucci’s latest interiors collection is a little mystic, a touch retro, and incredibly Gucci
Gucci’s latest interiors collection is a little mystic, a touch retro, and incredibly Gucci

Megan Burns

6 gripping post-#MeToo books made for bedtime reading
6 gripping post-#MeToo books made for bedtime reading

Jennifer McShane

Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal to star in sci-fi film
Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal to star in sci-fi film

Holly O'Neill

Light, flowy trousers for in-between summer days
Light, flowy trousers for in-between summer days

Megan Burns

James Corden facing backlash over racist and anti-Asian ‘Spill Your Guts’ segment
James Corden facing backlash over racist and anti-Asian ‘Spill Your Guts’ segment

Sarah Finnan

DIY project: How to upholster a piece of furniture like a pro
DIY project: How to upholster a piece of furniture like a pro

Megan Burns

Meryl Streep said she was ‘miserable’ on ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ set
Meryl Streep said she was ‘miserable’ on ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ set

Sarah Finnan

Chrissy Teigen admits she “was a troll” after bullying scandal
Chrissy Teigen admits she “was a troll” after bullying scandal

Jennifer McShane

You won’t believe it, but the house everyone is obsessed with in Netflix’s Master of None is actually a set
You won’t believe it, but the house everyone is obsessed with in Netflix’s Master of...

Megan Burns

This 18th-century coach house in Wexford has had the most extraordinary renovation
This 18th-century coach house in Wexford has had the most extraordinary renovation

IMAGE Interiors & Living

Image / Fashion

Why velvet is the new black for Christmas


by Marie Kelly
29th Nov 2018
blank

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.

Rather than ease you in, I thought I’d hit you straight off with an absolute showstopper of a velvet dress. I could only pull off this dress in my dreams… but it’s nice to dream. Beautifully embellished and with a modern asymmetric hemline as well as a cut-out back, this is a dress for those of you who want to dazzle more brightly than a Christmas tree.

Embellished velvet dress, Petite, €210 at topshop.com

There’s something quite regal about this dress. I feel the model should be sitting in front of an enormous fireplace drinking wine from a goblet. A perfect Christmas Day dress, it’s elegant and sophisticated, but looks supremely comfortable too.

Velvet maxi dress, €199 at uterque.com

A velvet trouser suit is top of my wish list right now. It looks so chic as is, but the pieces can be worn separately for a more low-key look. I’d probably pair these wide-leg trousers with a polo neck for Christmas Day, and I think wearing this blazer over a printed pleated skirt would add a little playfulness to its structured silhouette.

Blazer, €99.95, and trousers, €59.95, both at Zara

A pyjama-style velvet shirt is a great way to elevate staples on those days over Christmas when you’re a little weary of “dressing up” but you don’t want to look dressed down.

Embroidered shirt, Mira Mikati, €672 at net-a-porter.com

This halter-neck dress looks like a fun, easy piece to wear – there’s a lot to be said for a dress that hangs loosely from your frame at this time of year. The frill hemlime adds a nice touch of detailing as does the bow, which ties at the back of the neck.

Halter-neck frill swing dress, €55 at River Island

Also Read

second-hand designer bags Ireland
FASHION, SUSTAINABLE STYLE
The best Irish shops to buy pre-loved designer bags online

Buying second-hand is a more sustainable and affordable way to shop designer handbags, so with stores remaining shut for the moment, thankfully there are trusted retailers offering great options online.

By Megan Burns

blank
CULTURE, FASHION
History-making women: The best moments from the Brit Awards 2021

The glamour on the carpet, the history-making win, and 4,000...

By Jennifer McShane

comfortable clothing
FASHION
4 comfy yet chic outfit ideas to get you ready for a post-lockdown world

Are you really going to be squeezing into high-waisted jeans...

By Edaein OConnell

crochet top
FASHION
Gigi Hadid’s €40 crochet top has summer written all over it

Gigi Hadid was seen donning a pastel yellow crochet top...

By Sarah Finnan

blank
FASHION, SHOPPING
The best basket bags to take you into summer

By Holly O'Neill

fashion documentaries
FASHION
8 documentaries all fashion-lovers will adore

We may not have the Met Gala as we’ve come...

By Jennifer McShane

blank
FASHION, SHOPPING
The 6 trending sandal styles of summer to shop now

Dad sandals, trek sandals, thong sandals and more – meet...

By Holly O'Neill