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This Luxe Fabric Will Up Your Style Game In The Workplace

A how to guide on incorporating velvet into your outfits every day of the week.

The Fall 2017 and 2018 seasons showed the resurgence of velvet, with likes of Saint Laurent, Frame and Nomia awash in its opulence. With this latest revival, velvet is getting a proper update, and is no longer relegated to robes and smoking jackets. And while it might have had a serious relationship with nightlife before, we dare say that there’s no better place to rock velvet than at the office. Hey, at least the AC is on full blast. Monday: Suit Up
A sleek and sharp pink velvet suit is the very height of fashion. Opt for other materials, like leather and metals, to complement the look. Velvet blazer by Brunello Cucinelli, €2,300 (S$3,666), via Mytheresa; Velvet cropped pants by Brunello Cucinelli, €810 (S$1,291), via Mytheresa; Leather heeled mules by Mercedes Castillo, £280 (S$506), via Net-a-Porter; Leather braided shoulder bag by COS, US$125 (S$170); Lip motif choker by Bjørg Jewellery, €350 (S$558) Tuesday: Accessories Down Below
Dance your way through the day — that’s how we survive our nine to five — in vermilion velvet boots. Build the rest of your outfit around the shoe, using complementary colours like oranges and pinks. Satin midi dress by Jonathan Simkhai, €871 (S$1,388), via Mytheresa; Velvet over-the-knee flat boots by Alberta Ferretti, S$1,425, via Farfetch; Crochet tassel bag with resin handle by Cult Gaia, £365 (S$658), via Net-a-Porter; Tortoise shell acetate round sunglasses by Balenciaga, US$420 (S$571), via Ssense; Braided leather wallet by Bottega Veneta, £235 (S$423), via Net-a-Porter Wednesday: Go Big Or Go Home
Hit a home run mid-week by dressing yourself head-to-toe in velvet. You’ll want to stick to one shade when swathing yourself in full velvet, or work with complementary hues like these earthy colours. Velvet blazer by Gucci, S$4,650, via Farfetch; Leopard printed cropped velvet pants by Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini, US$375 (S$511), via Moda Operandi; Velvet ankle boots by Reike Nen, S$449, via Farfetch; Checkered canvas and textured leather shoulder bag by Burberry, £1,190 (S$2,144), via Net-a-Porter; Colourblock velvet cat eye sunglasses by Prada, S$716, via Farfetch; Rustic sculptural earrings by Alighieri, £350 (S$631) Thursday: It's In The Bag
Yes, we know that all-over velvet can be impractical for our weather. Reference the trend by having the luxe fabric shine in your accessories. Shoes and bags in the fabric is a good option, as they will add the sumptuous texture and details to your outfit. Sweater with button details by Zara, S$49.90; Zebra printed crepe wrap skirt by Marni, £880 (S$1,572), via Net-a-Porter; Velvet slides with bow detail by Rochas, US$565 (S$770), via Moda Operandi; Velvet envelope clutch by M2Malletier, US$645 (S$879), via Moda Operandi; Sculptural coated sterling silver earrings by Wwake, £480 (S$866), via Net-a-Porter Friday: Keep It Casual
Casual Friday means you can turn heads in a cool T-shirt and skirt, but with a dope velvet busboy cap and drawstring bag. Here’s to the weekend. Printed cotton t-shirt by Ganni, S$101, via Farfetch; Flared wool skirt by Joseph, €315 (S$502), via Mytheresa; Suede sneakers by Golden Goose, £335 (S$604), via Net-a-Porter; Velvet drawstring bag by Hunting Season, US$475 (S$647), via Moda Operandi; Velvet cap by Avec La Troupe, US$315 (S$429), via Moda Operandi; Gold irregular shape earrings by Zara, S$29.90