Try a Fall/Winter 2011 Trend: Velvet Accents

You wouldn’t know it from the 60-degree weather we enjoyed this Thanksgiving weekend, but winter is on its way. And while some of us (myself) might dread the imminent chill, it’s hard to hate it entirely when it gives us the opportunity to rock rich, textured fabrics like velvet.

Nicole Richie in Emilio Pucci

While the thought of velvet might bring images of a sweating, trembling, Prince touching his chest ever so softly, (is that just me?) there are plenty of chic modern options that will have you looking lovely and luxe. Velvet is a cold weather staple, and made a bold appearance on the Fall/Winter 2011 runways with patterned looks from Proenza Schouler, liquid metallic hues from Alexander Wang, and in several offerings from Marc Jacobs.

Marc by Marc Jacobs
Proenza Schouler
T by Alexander Wang

Try a velvet (instead of sequined) dress at a holiday party, or throw on a sheer button down with a velvet mini and patterned tights. Or simply accent an everyday look with a hot velvet shoe, like Solange Knowles.

Velvet is also a hot look for the fellas, especially during this holiday party season. Velvet jackets are a great way to update the tried and true jacket-and-pants look. Trey Songz looked strapping in a brown velvet tuxedo jacket this weekend:

Here are some options for the fashion forward guy in your life:

I’ve got my eye on a jewel-toned blue or green velvet mini this season. Give this trend a try with these options:

Will you?