How To Wear A Velvet Suit (And The Best Ones To Buy For NYE)

By Teo van den Broeke and Faye Fearon
25 December 2019
Style, Fashion, Velvet suit, Christmas
Images: Getty

Velvet is this season’s most elegant fabric (but you know that already...) which is why you need to get yourself a velvet suit

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle strode out of Windsor Castle on their wedding day, it wasn’t the Duchess Of Sussex’s halter neck Stella McCartney dress people were preoccupied with. No, what caught everyone’s attention was how dashing Prince Harry looked in his black velvet dinner jacket.

Consequently, or coincidentally, velvet has since been having a moment – and not just in formalwear. Over the past few seasons the runways have been filled with casual velvet pieces with a sumptuous, low-key appeal. And it has been embraced by a lot of GQ favourites too, most recently James Norton, who rocked a midnight-blue velvet suit to the Little Women world premiere. Very suave and, given NYE is around the corner, also very timely.

It may sound like an obvious port of call for NYE, but with good reason. The velvet suit is a classic choice for pretty much any event throughout winter (as long as it's not in bright red – that's a bit too on brand). But something single-breasted with a notch lapel that you could team with a T-shirt or a crewneck sweater and Oxford shirt works perfectly. Day in, done. As for seeing the day out? A black velvet tux à la Prince Harry will do the trick.

We spoke to one of our favourite British designers, Oliver Spencer, about the two piece. Put simply, he's a fan. “The velvet suit is a thing of beauty,” he said. “Everyone from Jarvis Cocker to my dad could wear it and that’s what I love about it. Velvet has a lustre and texture to it that makes it do wonderful things in the light, which makes for a very glamorous garment that can be dressed up or down. Velvet goes as well with a pair of jeans as it does with black-tie, in my opinion. It always manages to make you feel special.”

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If you’re not quite ready to take on the challenge of the full velvet suit, try teaming a velvet overshirt with a cellular vest and jeans, or maybe a velvet polo shirt with a deconstructed jacket and a pair of cashmere track pants. Or failing that, make like Prince Harry and simply wear a beautifully cut velvet blazer as part of your black-tie look. Party season is in full swing, so whether you're wanting to embrace the full velvet monty (which we're all for) or just its upper half, here's five of our current favourite designs to get you started. 'Tis the season to get romantic with your tailoring...

Jacket, $588 Trousers, $333 Both by Oliver Spencer at

Jacket by Tom Ford, $3601 at

Blazer, $3500 Trousers, $1098 Both by Brunello Cucinelli at

Jacket by Dolce & Gabbana, $2410 at

Jacket, $2878 Trousers, $803 Both by Gucci at

Via British GQ