Sometimes it takes a trend a couple tries to get off the ground. Several years ago, velvet was all over fall runways, but it seemed like buyers for retail stores weren’t, well, buying it–the velvet pieces went largely unproduced and, in turn, shoppers focused on other things. Now, though, brands are giving velvet another shot, and for Fall 2016, it feels like the time is right for accessories in this plush fabric.
We’re seeing a lot of velvet in both bags and shoes, but today, we’re here to focus on bags. (More on the shoes next week!) When it comes to luxury goods, velvet has a few obvious advantages: First, it’s incredibly luxe-looking and pleasant to touch, which makes it a much more fitting leather alternative for high-end pieces than most other fabrics. Second, velvet bags are usually a bit less expensive than their leather counterparts, which is great when you’re going for a seasonal look.
Fall and winter dressing are all about layering rich textures and colors, and velvet is an ideal way to spruce up your average jeans-and-sweater combo. Below, check out our favorite velvet bags from the season so far.