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From quality time with family to a packed party calendar, there are tons of reasons to look forward to the holiday season (or dread it, depending). But as much as I love baking cookies and wrapping gifts, there’s one thing about the chilly winter months that excites me more than anything else: the free pass to wear velvet every damn day.
See, velvet is basically the Beyoncé of fabrics: It’s flawless. It’s fancy. It makes you feel fantastic. And while you can certainly wear it year-round — yes, even in the summer — it’s particularly appropriate for the holiday party circuit, when everyone’s bundled up out of necessity but still wants to look (and feel) a bit sexy.
Luckily, these days you can find velvet versions of literally everything you’d ever want to wear, from sneakers to slip dresses to snapbacks. Below, a few plush picks to get you started.
American Apparel Velvet Violette Skater Dress, $58.
Reformation Chemise Dress, $248.
BaubleBar Clara Velvet Choker, $24.
Rebecca Minkoff Bojana Velvet 100mm Ankle Boot in Midnight, $150.
Charlotte Olympia Red Velvet Kitty Flats, $495.
Alice & Olivia London Velvet Lace-Up Bodysuit, $225.
Exclusive for Intermix Alex Velvet Shorts, $295.
T by Alexander Wang Velvet Bomber Jacket, $595.
Prada Velvet Platform Sandals, $825.
Herschel Dawson Backpack, $120.
Stuart Weitzman Alllegs Velvet Over-the-Knee Boot in Bordeaux, $798.
Saint Laurent Monogramme Kate Velvet Shoulder Bag, $1,990.