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What’s the easiest way to get into the holiday spirit? A velvet dress, of course. The soft, moody pieces are the sartorial equivalent of a gingerbread chai latte, a pine-scented candle, and a peppermint bark cookie all rolled into one. When the invite to holiday dinners or parties calls for you to dress to impress, you can count on the glamorously cozy frocks to rise to the festive occasion.
Whether you’re enamored with the timeless charm of a little black dress or crave the spice of warm jewel tones, the assortment of velvet dresses to shop is endless. But not all are created equal. Ahead, we’ve narrowed down the list to only the very best. Let’s start with Rabanne’s long-sleeve navy number. The brand is known for making hypnotizing chainmail minis perfect for partygoers but this season, the label decided to shake things up with the elegant twist of a velvet creation. If our crystal ball is right, we’re predicting that belted gown will be the holiday season’s hero. Then there are labels like A.W.A.K.E. Mode and La DoubleJ, who are making velvet dresses feel anew again with unexpected prints, unique silhouettes, and standout hues.
The list of noteworthy styles goes on and on. Get to it and shop our collection of the best celebration-worthy velvet dresses below.