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Now that the temperature has dropped, velvet is one of the fabrics we are seeing a lot of this season. It’s being used for clothing, outerwear, accessories, and shoes. Although velvet garments are gorgeous and fun to wear, velvet always makes me think of the holidays, and unlike lots of other anxious folks, it’s way too early for me to think about that. If you’re a velvet fan but want to purchase a velvet dress, skirt, or pair of trousers later on, consider a pair of velvet leggings.
A pair of leggings in any fabric can be a bit dicey for us curvier fashionistas, but I have to admit they are so comfortable and cozy to wear, you may find it hard to resist owning at least one or two pair. I rarely wear mine out of the house, but I do own a few.
In addition to comfort, they will keep you cozy as the temperature keeps falling. If you have the figure, velvet takes leggings to a new level for a night on the town. Basic black is my choice and probably your best bet, but there are quite a few options as far as colors and styles are concerned.
I know I won’t stray from black, but if you want to change things up a bit, consider brown, navy, or one of this season’s bright jewel tones. One of my favorite styles is a traditional cut or jodhpur-like legging complete with suede patches on the inner thighs. You can pair both of these styles with a white shirt or oversized sweater for a look that can go casual or dressy, depending on your shoes and accessories. For an edgier look, try a pair of velvet leggings with cutouts, studs, rivets, or “shredded” accents. This is a fun look that takes you back to the ’80s or lets you work a little bit of a bad girl look. Another look that is sleek and stylish is to pair your velvet leggings with an oversized, boyfriend, or fitted blazer with boots of all lengths.
Most of these velvet leggings are the traditional pull-on styles, but you can find variations with zippers, pockets, cuffs, and other detailing that mimic a pair of jeans. You may want to hit the gym before your purchase, since velvet leggings are just as snug as traditional Lycra and cotton leggings, but there is always the option to go with styles and cuts that flatter figures like mine and have a bit of extra fabric around the thighs or flare at the bottom.