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The start of a new fashion season can be exciting as there's a whole new set of style trends to experiment with. This autumn/winter 2016, we've already seen trends like bomber jackets and embroidery find their way onto the high-street.

But as we head towards Christmas, there's going to be one material in particular that takes over – and that's velvet. A dress is one of the easiest ways to wear velvet – to show you how versatile it is, we're taking you through how to wear it during the day, at work and for a night out.

And what’s more, all of the velvet dresses* featured cost no more than £30 each!


Ochre Outfit

1. Green velvet dress, Primark, £10

2. Black PU biker jacket, Primark, £14

3. Burgundy scarf, F&F at Tesco, £10

There's no reason why you can't wear a velvet dress in the daytime. You just have to be careful about the style and length you pick. This green velvet dress is ideal – it's not too long, and has a vibrant colour that makes it ideal for the day.

One way to wear the dress is with a faux leather jacket – it will add an effortlessly cool vibe. For accessories, choose bold colours to contrast with the strong green like this burgundy scarf and pair with some black boots and tights.

This complete outfit comes in at just £34.


Sequin Dress

1. Floral velvet dress, F&F at Tesco, £30

2. Black blazer, Primark, £13

3. Block heels, F&F at Tesco, £18

You could even take things one step further and wear velvet to work. Something like this floral velvet dress would suit an office environment as it's subtle and classic.

Keep things professional by pairing the dress with a blazer – this tailored black one from Primark won't take attention away from the floral design. Finish off the look by wearing some tights and a pair of practical yet stylish shoes – these block heels will do the trick!

You can put together this outfit – whilst showing off your style credentials – for just £61.

Night out

Black Dress and Clutch

1. Black velvet dress, H&M, £29.99

2. Pink glitter clutch bag, Primark, £5

3. Black heel court, Primark, £16

Whether you're going out for the evening with friends or to your office Christmas party, you can't go wrong with velvet – it's the perfect material for a sassy, sophisticated look.

This dress from H&M is great, as it will flatter most figures with its V-neck cut at the front and striking design at the back. It comes in on budget at just £29.99. For accessories, go minimal with a pink glitter clutch bag and pair of black heels – this Primark pair feature a gold heel!

Recreate this look for just £50.99 and dance the night away in style!

Don't worry gents, we haven't forgotten about you – check back in next week when we tackle velvet for men.

*Prices correct at time of writing – 08/11/16

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