How To Wear Fancy Fabrics Outside of Special Occasions
October has arrived, ushering in crisp weather and all the luxurious fabrics that come with cooler temperatures: We’re talking velvet, satin, faux-fur, shearling and suede. For the most part, these rich textures are reserved for special occasion dressing — you know, Thanksgiving dinner, work holiday parties, New Year’s Eve — but we say f*ck that. Why wait to wear the fancy stuff?
We’ve got a few tips for how to wear these luxe fabrics for any old day. Rock shimmery satin on a Tuesday grocery run, plush faux-fur for Wednesday’s work lunch, or moody velvet at Saturday’s family brunch. Scroll down for the 411 on styling, plus the key pieces to get you started.
There’s something so witchy and mysterious about velvet; captivating in the way it plays with light and shadow, the sight of the material inviting the idea of touch, of softness. To bring the material from midnight seance to midday meeting, incorporate it in small doses. Try a pair of simple pumps in the material, or add a ribbed velvet tee to your jeans-and-sneakers routine to give your outfit that extra oomph without it feeling too flashy.
Traditionally reserved for eveningwear, sumptuous satin has the power to turn heads. Just imagine the light-reflecting fabric in the glow of the afternoon sun. To pull off satin during the day, it’s all about balanced styling. Do a pair of worn-in sneakers to offset a satin slip dress, take jeans and a tee to the next level with a pair of satin Maryjanes or replace your traditional wrap skirt with a scarlet red satin style.
Faux-fur has an automatic glam factor that we simply can’t resist. But it’s not everyday we want the full razzle dazzle. Wear a faux-fur coat over an athleisure look for a mellowed out take, or add a touch of that glam to a ho-hum outfit with a pair of plush sandals.
Shearling just might be the ultimate fall fabric, as it is both lavish and incredibly cozy. The curly texture turns any piece into a possible pillow while looking stylish. From fuzzy jackets to the cutest clutches, and even statement clogs, it’s the perfect touch for any outfit.
Suede lends a put-together vibe to any outfit with little to no effort on your part. Whether it’s a pair of culottes, a backpack or unique heels, we say go all-suede-everything this season.