YES YOU CAN: Wear velvet all winter

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

A popular misconception about velvet is that it’s purely a festive buy – a little touch of soft luxury for the party season. It is luxe, of course, but velvet is also a great fabric to see you from autumn through to spring. Try a velvet blazer with denim for a dash of casual sleek, or a voluminous kimono works beautifully as a lush wrap coat. Alternatively, make velvet accessories your go-to for ramping up your day-to-evening wear.

How to wear velvet all winter:

An easy-to-wear option? Velvet cargo-style trousers. Blazer, £250, Trousers, £150, Nrbyclothing.com

Work a deluxe tux

Dressed up or down, this wardrobe staple majors in the versatility stakes.

Blazer, £80, Monsoon

Blouse, £249, Maje

Jeans, £205, Bash

Bag, £99, Hush

Sandals, £32, Schuh

This luxe tailored velvet suit is a steal. Blazer, £59, shirt, £29.50, trousers, £35, and trainers, £35, marksandspencer.com

Try a dress to impress

With its nipped-in waist and statement sleeve, it’s the silhouette of the season.

Dress £215, Aspiga

Shoes, £189, Pretty Ballerinas

Bag, £225, Lulu Guinness

Hair bow, £25, Boden

Necklace, £65, Susan Caplan x Astrid and Miyu

Bracelet, £65, Susan Caplan x Astrid and Miyu

Do a double take

For a sharp update, Gucci has revisited Tom Ford’s famous 90s design with statement shoulders

Team a deliciously soft velvet up top with more structured on the bottom.

Kimono, £325, Toast

Blouse, £55, Oliver Bonas

Trousers, £98, Jigsaw

Earrings, £165, Bar Jewellery

Trainers, £175, Re/Done, The Outnet

Bag, £155, & Other Stories