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Fours ways to add versatile velvet to your wardrobe

No longer just for formal occasions, velvet lends a touch of elegance and panache to any outfit. Menswear designers are using the rich, plush material in everything from footwear to slim tailored jackets. “The velvet jacket elevates any outfit and makes it special,” says Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director for Bergdorf Goodman, who touts the garment as a must-have for every man’s wardrobe. Paired with denim, flannel trousers, even T-shirts, this style staple goes from formal to everyday fashionable.

#1 - Versatile velvet

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Buscemi navy velvet slip-on sneaker, $US550 ($A690), and Salvatore Ferragamo navy velvet loafer, $US640 ($A800).

#2 - Jackets required

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From far left: Tom Ford teal velvet jacket, $US3440 ($A4340), ribbed turtleneck, $US1320 ($A1660), and silk pocket square, $US180 ($A230); Giorgio Armani brown velvet jacket, $US2395 ($A3020), and zip-front shirt, $US945 ($A1200); Saint Laurent burgundy velvet jacket, $US2790 ($A3500), and bejewelled T-shirt, $US1350 ($A1700); Jane Carr silk scarf, $US275 ($A350).

#3 - Tie one on

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For a quick change from office appropriate to evening fun, all you need is Tom Ford’s red velvet necktie, $US250 ($A315). It adds a pop of color and a dash of luxurious style.

#4 - Step it up

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Style renegades who want to dress up and stand out from the pack will find sporty comfort and just the right amount of elegance in Givenchy’s velvet sneakers, $US550 ($A690).

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