You’ve got a trend in me: Velvet

Here’s my contributing article for The Courier Fashion Section.

Sally Mu shows us the most decadent trend of the season right in time for party season

The velvet trend is back and bigger than ever! It emerged from virtually every AW16 catwalk, as seen at Vêtements, Valentino and Alberta Ferretti. This means that velvet has officially left the underground and become the new wardrobe energizer for this season.

ASOS Plunge Halter Top- Midnight Navy, £32.00ASOS Plunge Halter Top- Midnight Navy, £32.00

So how to nail the trend and make it your own? I’d recommend styling it with separates for a daytime look, and hit up on pieces in jewel tones like ruby, sapphire and emerald green. These are ideal for winter and very easy to style. As the most luxe and incredibly practical fabric, it is perfect for this winter. Most of the high street brands have used velvet to recreate runway pieces to keep you fashion-forward without breaking the bank. This rich vampy coloured hoodie from Zara is the wear-it-anywhere piece that can work all year around, and it also has the right balance of timeless and sporty. Team it with a vintage style undershirt and matching trousers for a stylish and cozy wintry look.Want a more relaxed but equally sparkling item? Then partner the versatile hoodie above with these eye-catching sea green cropped trousers in lush velvet. These slouchy and flowing pants have the power to slim and lengthen your legs while creating a soft silhouette in an instant. They are luxurious, and classy, with the smooth texture flattering everyone. Styling rule: keep the rest of your look simple as this glittering piece will definitely draw loads of attention to your outfit.

ZARA Hooded Velvet Top in Maroon, £29.99ZARA Hooded Velvet Top in Maroon, £29.99

“Styling rule: keep the rest of your look simple as this glittering piece will definitely draw loads of attention to your outfit”

Well, hello, you gorgeous velvet top! This chic top in midnight navy is the perfect starting point for nighttime luxe and it is versatile enough for all your parties. The flash of rich navy adds allure and elegance, creating a sophisticated yet glamorous look while the choker detail adds a gothic vibe. The plunging halter neckline design brings new levels of sass to this take on the sumptuous velvet trend. So forgo the LBD and opt for this ‘IT’ top instead and it looks just as amazing with black skinny leather jeans as it does with a mini skirt and barely-there heels. A must-have for your new season wardrobe. Calling all shoe addicts- your search for the perfect pair of night-out heels is over. Missguided is offering the perfect party shoes that allow you to put our best foot forward! This is the item for those of you who just want to dip your toe into the velvet trend, instead of doing it head-to-toe. This is another way to incorporate it in small doses and keep it subtle, with this pair of show-stopping heels in peach velvet. These heels are a wonderful wardrobe essential that will instantly lift your look for the evening. Moreover, the tie-leg strap has taken party dressing to new highs and will add something different to your party wear. Finish this evening look off with a velvet headband and a statement choker to really bring out the glamour of the velvet trend!

MISGUIDED Twist Front Block Heeled Sandals, £40.00MISGUIDED Twist Front Block Heeled Sandals, £40.00