I’m covering two of autumn / winter 2017 fashion trends here: velvet, and red! These are actually two of my favourite things, so I was pretty chuffed to find them both together in these trousers from Joe Browns. I went very casual with this outfit, but as velvet is really a luxurious fabric, you could also style them up to be really smart. I could swap my old battered converse for a pair of heeled boots and there you have your day to night outfit sorted!….
The Joe Browns trousers are actually really comfortable and have a bit of stretch in them, which makes them fine for me to wear around the house all day – and I’m really fussy when it comes to trousers that meet that criteria! The darker red – almost maroon colour is more classy than a bright red, and the tone means I can pair them with blush pink tops. I think they’d also look good with dark grey, khaki green, ivory or black.
These velvet trousers are an old-fashioned boot-cut style. I’m hoping the fact that Joe Browns had them means the boot-cut is coming back again. The skinny style looks great on other people, but awful on me; and the new wide-leg cropped trousers likewise – my thighs are too chunky for the former, and legs too short for the latter. So I’m just going to keep on wearing those boot-cut trousers regardless, because that’s what I feel happiest in.
This top is from New Look, and is one I dithered about for a while in the changing room. The style isn’t overly flattering, but I loved the floatiness of it. It flows behind me in a breeze and makes me feel like a tutu-less ballerina.
There’s a nice design detail at the back with the triangle of chiffon inserted into the lightweight knit of the rest of the top. The material is lovely soft cotton and is surprisingly warm. I do layer it over a skin-coloured vest top, but if you went without, it would be a bit of a subtle sexy look, revealing your back!
I really like the dipped hem style. It’s actually so long at the back it almost feels like you’re doing the dress over trousers look. Plus the fact it covers up your bum if that’s what you’re more comfortable with.
Velvet is my second favourite fabric (after silk), so I’ll definitely be on the look-out for more clothing while it’s in fashion and can actually find it in the shops. Come to think about it, a silk shirt would look lovely with velvet trousers. Will you be wearing velvet this winter?
Here are some velvet trousers to choose from:
Navy velvet trousers from Joe Browns.
Orla from House of Fraser.
White Stuff from House of Fraser.
I bought the pink top in the spring sales and has long-since gone from the New Look shops, however I did find this one, which is extremely similar – right down to the chiffon triangle at the back: