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The velvet revolution

It isn't just for black-tie affairs anymore.

By the editors of MSN Living Jan 2, 2013 7:05PM

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Thanks to an influx of slim sport coats, suits, and tuxedos, the plush, tufted fabric is proving more versatile—and stylish—than ever. Here are four smart ways to wear the material this season.

Men in velvet ensembles // Photo: Jennifer Livingston

1. CASUAL
For the perfect holiday-party outfit, throw on a shawl-collared velvet jacket in a subtle plaid over a cashmere sweater and dark jeans.
Jacket ($5,765) by Kiton. Sweater ($850) by Brioni. Jeans ($70) by Topman. Shoes ($575) by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci.

2. DRESSY
Pair a taupe velvet sport coat with charcoal wool trousers for elevated style that will look great at the office.
Jacket ($2,120) by Louis Vuitton. Shirt ($195) by Thomas Pink. Pants ($770) by Gucci. Pocket square ($125) by Tom Ford. Tie ($125) by John Varvatos. Belt ($275) by BOSS. Shoes ($328) by Cole Haan.

3. ELEGANT
A slim-fitting double-breasted velvet suit in a bold color offers rakish British-rocker appeal, especially when worn without a tie.
Suit ($6,000) and shirt ($410) by Hermès. Shoes ($770) by Pierre Hardy.

4. FORMAL
Update the classic velvet tux with modern touches like a pale-blue shirt, a patterned bow tie, and polished loafers.
Suit by Versace. Jacket ($1,875) and pants ($675) sold separately. Shirt ($545) by Giorgio Armani. Pocket square ($40) by Paul Stuart. Bow tie ($55) by Brooks Brothers. Shoes ($825) by Versace.

How to Wear It:

1. Velvet looks great with jeans, tees, and workwear—don't treat it as something precious.
2. It's warm enough to slip on in place of a light coat in fall.
3. Keep the rest of your outfit understated: The velvet piece should be the standout.
4. Use a lint brush, a steamer, and a professional dry cleaner. Never iron or fold.
5. If your velvet gets wet, shake it dry and hang it up immediately.

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