If there's ever been a time to break out the velvet, it's now. The super-soft, always-luxe fabric popped up on more fall 2016 runways — from Balmain to Chloé to Tommy Hilfiger — than we can count. This season, forget any preconceived notions you have about wearing it only at night: Sure, there are plenty of evening-worthy options available, but some of the best incarnations come in unexpected silhouettes and daytime-ready hues. Think wide-leg trousers in crushed textures, quilted bomber jackets in crisp ivory and jaunty little ankle booties, too.
The secret to making this fancy-pants fabric work for anytime? Casual pieces and a carefree attitude. We suggest trying a velvet sweatshirt with your favorite jeans, or pairing a velvet T-shirt dress with sneakers and a cozy, oversize sweater coat. Or, throw that advice out the window entirely and go full-on Prince in a tailored velvet pantsuit, silky blouse and metallic boots. 'Tis the season, after all — and either way, you really can't go wrong.
Here, 25 wear-whenever velvet items to help get you in the mood.