In fashion, there's a satisfying feeling for being for being an early adopter of the next big trend. We can safely say that you'll see velvet everywhere come fall, so why not start wearing it now? Traditionally, the fabric has been a favorite come cooler weather, but that doesn't mean you can't take full advantage now. It's important to keep in mind that while may not be the most breathable, worn the right way, it can totally survive summer's toasty temperatures.
So what's the best way to break out the velvet right now? We're checking out how fashion's trendsetters—from It girls like Gigi Hadid to street style stars like Lena Perminova—are making it work for the season at hand. Plus, since you can't wear the trend without doing a little shopping first, we picked out the pieces we're loving now, but know will also easily work for fall and beyond.
Okay, trendsetter, are you ready to take this one on? Check out inspiration and our must-have pieces below!
A Love Is Blind
A velvet maxi dress gets a daytime spin thanks to a casual top underneath.
Velvet boots are an easy way to wear the trend in summer without overheating.
Wide-leg trousers feel a little less up-tight in a soft velvet. Pair them with a casual tee for a cool day-to-night look.
For a fun summer-to-fall look, pair a romantic velvet minidress with a pair of black booties.
For a fresh spin on the trend, try an unexpected summery hue like this golden midi dress.
On Blake Lively: Valentino dress.
If you're ready to embrace the trend head-on, go for head-to-toe suiting; just make sure the temperatures aren't extra high that day.
If you plan on doubling up on the trend, try choosing pieces in contrasting colors for a unique take.
On Elena Perminova: Miu Miu Velvet Ankle Boots ($975)
Velvet is a no-brainer for night-out dressing. Extra points for coordinating your dress to your lipstick color.
On Emma Roberts: Fleur du Mal dress.
This pretty midi skirt is ideal for the office.
Shouldn't your underthings be pretty too?
This blazer adds the perfectly preppy touch you'll want come fall.
You'll have some seriously stylish feet in these sandals.
You'll be ready for a night on the town once you slip into this dress.
Elegant sleeves add a unique touch to this black dress.
Experts agree, everyone needs a pair of velvet slippers.
We love the pretty blue hue of this relaxed blazer.
You're winning the fashion race in these sleek track pants.
Consider this the dress for the belle of the ball.
We're calling it: These boots are going to be a fall must-have.
Pair this colorful skirt with a simple white tee and sneakers for a cool weekend look.