Belfast Telegraph

Try a velvet dress

For a touch of opulence in your winter wardrobe, opt for a little velvet dress.

The luxe fabric is beautiful and not to mention bang-on trend, with a host of designers showcasing thigh-skimming velvet frocks at their Fall/Winter 11 runway shows.

The dress is sure to work wonders considering the upcoming seasonal parties and the beauty of this elegant fabric is that it looks enviously expensive, even when it comes from a high street retailer.

Opt for an adventurous hue, and the look is a winning one.

"Colour works in velvet like in no other fabric," Michael van der Ham told the UK edition of Vogue magazine.

Ralph Lauren, Peter Dundas, Calvin Klein, Erdem and Alberta Ferretti all showcased the little velvet dress at their shows.

Armani's Fall/Winter 11 runway was resplendent with the velvet garment, with mini versions in classic black. Dolce and Gabbana opted for red versions that were pretty and feminine. They had elegant spaghetti straps and were adorned with ruching at the waistline to accentuate the model's frame.

Fendi covered up in three-quarter sleeved black versions that were effortless chic. The dresses skimmed the knees and contrasting white belts were used to clinch in the models' waists.

Theallet went for a more theatrical version in emerald green. The frock was almost medieval-like with billowing sleeves and a plunging neck-line.

While this look is pretty and gorgeously feminine, it's probably best reserved for the evening when you can make the most of its luxuriously elegant feel.

The look is a statement one, so be prepared to turn heads wherever you go.

Choose to wear sheer tights with the less modest lengths.

Team your velvet mini with sky-scraping heels - the look is about looking very dressed up, so shy away from flat shoes at all times.

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