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What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL brings out the best in festive velvet


What to Wear This Weekend: FEMAIL picks the best in festive velvet for effortless style this season

  • Camilla Ridley-Day offers advice on how to embrace festive velvet for Christmas
  • The British style expert reveals that it's best to go with Matt instead of Crushed
  • She also advised that pointy pumps will elongate your legs

ONLY ENOUGH GLAMOR

With so many levels, rules and regulations changing, the last thing you need is a complicated wardrobe for Christmas. And if you're looking for a shortcut to look festive, you can't go wrong with velvet.

Luxurious yet comfortable, they can rely on this soft, tactile fabric to add just enough glamor to the big day.

Just a hint of a headband cancels everything or goes from head to toe in the rice and berry overalls I'm wearing here.

British style expert Camilla Ridley-Day offers advice on embracing festive velvet for Christmas, as she reveals that it's best to go with Matt over Crushed

CHRISTMAS DAY SHINING

Velvet's appeal depends on how it's done. It is woven from either silk or cotton, with the pile of materials adding extra warmth at this time of year. And of course the sheen of the fabric looks so luxurious too.

While we may not be allowed to hug some of our nearest and dearest, velvet wraps them tightly. It's this subtle sparkle, less dazzling than sequins and metallics (except for New Years Eve) that makes it so perfect for Christmas Day.

Go for MATT not crushed

I wore crushed velvet with a velvet necklace in the '90s, but now I can wear velvet by opting for more sophisticated matte versions like Seraphina's ruffled dress (below).

My five-year-old daughter will wear velvet tomorrow too, but we won't go together. That said, there are many "mommy and me" styles for those who like identikit dressing.

MIX AND MATCH

Velvet may require few accessories, but it can be combined well with contrasting fabrics. The white lace collar on the gray velvet dress by Ghost (below) rounds off the picture perfectly, while the black velvet on Zara's black jacket (also below) is the perfect foil for the beautifully decorated embroidery.

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