This party season, it’s not all about the dress. Bolder, cooler and sleeker than ever before, velvet suits offer up the perfect antidote to classic evening ensembles, lending an extra layer of luxury to every invite. But how exactly do you style them? Photographer Claire Menary and fashion bloggers Alice Shreeve and Hannah Coniam from Belle & Bunty show us how it’s done…
1. The Velvet Skirt Suit
Embroidered flowers trail across this vintage-inspired velvet skirt suit in black, as seen on Claire Menary at our exclusive Christmas party. Comprising a softly-structured jacket and A-line skirt that falls above the knees, this party-worthy pair works equally as well for daytime festivities as it does for the after-dark agenda. We love how Claire has worn hers with a white button-up blouse and block-heeled sandals, also in velvet. And when the party’s over? Wear each piece separately for fashion longevity.
2. The Velvet Trouser Suit
All hail the velvet trouser suit. From crinkled, wide-leg designs to tapered pairs with artful embroideries, these power pieces come in various guises for Christmas party season, meaning there’s a style to suit everyone. The trick to wearing them? Make like Alice and Hannah by layering yours over a simple cami and finishing the look with block-heeled sandals. For more ideas on how to style velvet suits, read our day-to-night partywear guide here.