BY TERRY MWANGI There is something about velvet that you just cannot seem to keep your hands off. I know you know that feeling, running your hands through the fabric to turn it from matt to shine and back again – the smooth softness of the fabric. Let us not even start on the comfort of the fabric. Velvet is back! Bringing sexy back in a major wild way. This trend, which was once glorified in the 70’s and most preferred choice for parties has been inspired by fashion runways from New York, Milan to Paris. Velvet is appearing on everything, from bags, belts to shoes. If you are a sucker for trends and would like that super smooth and soft feel, here is how to rock this rich fabric. Do not pair Velvet with velvet unless it is Halloween! Velvet will always look good if tempered with other materials that are a bit matt. For example, pair a velvet shirt or top with jeans. If you are lucky to have a velvet jumpsuit, pair it with simple strappy heels or comfy flat shoes Velvet already makes major statement on it’s own. You do not need a lot of bling. Tone down on sparkling jewellery or bags. Just a simple pearl and a simple bag are good to go. You can do chandelier earrings or a statement bangle only if it is a short body-con or skater dress Consider velvet footwear. There are all the right kind of sleek and sexy Velvet Boots. Booties or ballet flats will instantly make any outfit look magically classy! Velvet is available in myriads of colours. Try to tone down the colour you pair it up with so that you look effortlessly chic. When you get this right, maintenance of your velvet treasures should not be hard. To make your velvet last long, always turn inside out before cleaning and Invest in a steamer instead of an Iron box, which might leave a scorch mark on your beloved velvet outfit. Celebrities like Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and Taylor swift have been rocking this trend. Add a little luxury feel to your wardrobe; it is now your turn to convince those velvet non-believers!
Writer is Fashion Manager, Jumia Market