Fashion-wise, there are plenty of ways to channel the holiday spirit. One is to go all out and opt for shiny, sparkly things that mirror the festive mood. Another is to wear velvet. This special fabric is associated with the holiday season because of its form and function. One, it is traditionally worn during cold weather because its material, comprised of layers, is effective in keeping you warm. Two, unlike other fabrics, this is usually reserved for special occasions as it requires particular care and attention to retain its beauty and shape. Its soft, plush texture also speaks elegance.
If you’re game to try this material and would like to incorporate it in your everyday look for a holiday-upgrade, here are some items with a velvet-finish you can check out.
Elsewhere in the world, Christmas is synonymous to winter. But we all know here in the Philippines the “chilly season” can still get pretty hot. That’s why sunglasses are a staple in the country. To give a holiday-upgrade to your everyday must-have, go for Prada’s oversized velvet sunglasses. It features colorblocked velvet panels around dark tinted lenses, and a logo panel and cut-out detail at the temple. Available on Farfetch.
Forte Forte belted trousers
For your next Christmas party, or a simple day at the office, add the holiday touch to your look by wearing this royal blue silk-blend velvet trousers from Venetian fashion house Forte Forte. It gives a flattering silhouette with its high rise waistband with matching belt, gathering details, a tapered leg, and cropped length. And a bonus: spacious side pockets! Available on Farfetch.
Gianvito Rossi mules
This burgundy velvet mules from the famed shoe-maker’s eponymous footwear label known for their quality Italian craftsmanship, is feminine and sophisticated while still modern. The rich, vibrant color screams Christmas. Still, it’s versatile enough and can easily take you from day to night Available on Farfetch.
See By Chloé midi skirt
A part of See By Chloé’s Resort ’19 collection that’s inspired by New York City in the ’90s, this midi-length skirt is made from plush midnight-blue velvet, with complementary rose gold details. Swap your go-to denim skirt for this. It’s an eye-catching piece sure to elevate your holiday look. Available on Net-a-porter
Miu Miu belt bag
Trade in your go-to belt bag for this versatile one from Miu Miu. Equipped with two detachable fastenings, it can be buckled around your waist, or attached to the gold crossbody chain so you can it sling over your shoulder. The matelassé velvet finish can easily complement both your night-out ensemble or casual day look. Plus it’s spacious enough for your essentials. Available on Net-a-porter.
As we mentioned, wearing either sparkly or velvet-y items can give a holiday vibe to your ensemble. If you love both trends, go for this bodysuit from Bershka which combines the two textures in a chic way. It has a wrap V-neck, thin straps and press stud fastening. Its dark tones and sexy silhouette is perfect for a night of partying with the girls. Available at Glorietta 2.
Art by Marian Hukom
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