'90s Alert: How to Wear Velvet This Fall

The fabric of our (former) lives

It’s been a few years since you rocked that purple crushed-velvet minidress to your Senior Winter Ball. (About 20 years, to be exact.) But like any good fashion classic, velvet has found its way back into style. We took to Pinterest to find some modern ways to wear the plush fabric—and you can check out even more style ideas on our Fall Fashion Pinterest board.

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Ankle Boots

Take a chunky heel, a pointed toe and a rich jewel tone, and you’ve got the trendiest shoe of the season. Pair it with light denim so the rich color steals the show.

Get the look: Steve Madden ($130); Rebecca Minkoff ($150); 3.1 Phillip Lim ($695)

Evening Clutches

If you even remotely read PureWow, you know we’re suckers for a monochromatic outfit. And velvet plays perfectly into that since it provides such a textural contrast to an otherwise basic solid dress.

Get the look: La Regale ($88); Clare V. ($275); Jimmy Choo ($765)

Party Dresses

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include velvet’s truest form: the cocktail dress. But don’t feel like you have to wait for the holidays to bust one out. Dress one down with an edgy belt and you can debut it at any number of parties once the leaves start to change.

Get the look: Boohoo ($30); Lauren Ralph Lauren ($250); DKNY ($498)

Day Dresses

This year, even casual occasions are getting a little love from the cozy fabric. All you have to do is find a frock in a loose cut and accessorize it with your favorite sneaks.

Get the look: ASOS ($73); Anthropologie ($178); Rebecca Taylor ($495)

Something In Between

Why not wear said cocktail dress during the day? Ankle boots (and maybe a jean jacket) will make it far more appropriate for afternoon outings.

Get the look: Zara ($50); ASOS ($57); Vince ($375)


If your personal style tends to be more preppy, try a soft topper instead. It’ll be your skinny jeans’ new best friend.

Get the look: Aqua ($148); Banana Republic ($178); Frame ($575)


And for the adventurous at heart: the wide-legged pant (also known as the secret pajama). Let it be the focal point and keep all other pieces low-key. A black tee and minimal slippers should do.

Get the look: LC Lauren Conrad ($45); Topshop ($100); T by Alexander Wang ($375)