We see velvet tops every year, especially as we approach the holidays. Many of my casual clients like them because they’re usually easy to incorporate into outfits, very comfortable, festive, and can be worn untucked. There is no need to wait till the holidays to wear velvet tops, and you can absolutely wear velvet during the day. 

Here are four versatile velvet top outfits that will work for most of us. They range from casual to dressy, and feel free to change the colour palettes to suit your tastes.

1. Dressed Down with Jeans

This is the simplest and most casual rendition. Combine a pair of jeans with a velvet tunic or top, and stompy boots, and Bob’s your uncle. Keep it bling-free for a relaxed day, or add the giltz to dress things up. Pop a coat over the top and there you go. A bit of lace peeking out from under the neckline of the shirt could be pretty too.

Eileen Fisher Velvet Mandarin Collar Long Shirt

2. Boho

Combine a bohemian velvet top with a casual pair of pants and fringe bag. Here the palette of the grey and bone is quite unique. We can’t see the footwear, but pearl grey suede booties or cream footwear could be nice. Silver or blush shoes could work too. You could sub the casual pants for jeans if that’s more your thing.

Johnny Was Marushka Velvet Fare Sleeve Blouse

3. Crisp

This unusual combination in traditional Christmas colours is my favourite. It does not need to be Christmas for you to sport the look. Combine a green velvet top with white jeans or pants, and red or burgundy shoes. The white bag adds an extra crisp touch.

Farfetch Roseanna Velvet Dropped Shoulder Top

4. Semi-Fancy

This is the dressiest yet least structured of the four looks. It’s dressy because of the footwear, and less structured because of the roominess of the top and pants. Combine a shorter fluid velvet top with a pair of wide legs sported at the new, shorter full length. The shorter length of the top is important because it lengthens the leg line and creates just enough structure by showcasing the contour of the hips. The dressy mules are fun, but any dressy flat will work. Sport solid soft wide legs if patterns aren’t your thing. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.

Farfetch Antonelli Velvet Loose Blouse