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Are you ready for a velvet suit? Two Telegraph staffers make the case for and against 

Velvet suits 
Stephen wears Velvet jacket, £439, and trousers, £249, both Oliver Spencer (oliverspencer.co.uk). Cotton T-shirt, £70, Sunspel (sunspel.com). Leather boots, £255, Grenson (grenson.com) Robbie wears Velvet blazer, £285, and cotton shirt, £85, both Reiss (reiss.com). Trousers and trainers, both Robbie’s own

Gloriously tactile or naff and impractical? Two Telegraph staffers go head-to-head over the trickiest party trend…

Stephen Doig: For

Velvet suits are a difficult sell, coming with echoes ofAustin Powers naffness combined with cringey cruise-ship - crooner connotations. I’m certainly a fan of velvet blazers – and velvet evening slippers, for that matter – but jacket and trousers all at once? I wasn’t convinced until I discovered this suit from British workwear specialist Oliver Spencer . First off,it’s not a jazzy tuxedo number, but comes across as more of a daytime ensemble, so it feels approachable and easier to wear. The shape is soft and relaxed–all it needs is a T-shirt and boots, and the fawn colour is as autumnal as toffee apples. The textural vibe is pleasing in the chillier months, too.

Robbie Hodges: Against 

It’s party season, but I’ m not the kind of guest who commits to one event per evening – I’m a millennial, after all. Nor would I commit to a suit. I’d love to swaddle myself in fuzz, but a velvet two-piece isn’t practical for a party - hopper like me and feels dated for my 24 years. My solution? Take a black-tie template - like this Reiss option, as seen on the Duke of Cambridge in green - but forget the formal elements (ie proper shirt and shoes), and ditch the matching trousers. This crimson number delivers enough Elton John energy that I can wear it with chinos and trainers. It’s a party up top, but the bottom’s all casual. Plus, it means I won’t be mistaken for my old man.