Say goodbye to sequins and ta-ta to tailoring, for a velvet dress is the only plus-one you need for party season.
When it comes to party dressing, there’s one rule which must always be followed: do not adorn yourself as you might your Christmas tree (head-to-toe sequins, I’m looking at you).
Partywear is absolutely an excuse to wear something fabulous, but needn’t be a garish head-to-toe display of everything sparkly, and therefore festive, that you own. No, the best way to do partywear is to consider alternatives to high-octane sparkles, which in this case, is velvet.
While the virtues of velvet have been extolled at large over the years, by far the most dazzling thing about the material is its ability to look achingly expensive, no matter its price tag, and its ability to insulate and cool a body, which is perfect for party season.
There are vertiginous hemmed dresses crafted from the sumptuously soft material, there are knee-skimming midis and floor-sweeping maxis; the only key to remember is to keep the rest of your look ready to party (see: comfortable heels and a spacious clutch). A velvet dress is a forever friend, and these 11 are proof.
Reformation Oda velvet dress
Earth-first brand Reformation’s Oda dress is the perfect velvet dress for party season. Wear with barely-there mules and an embellished bag for the dancing outfit of dreams.
Kitri Mara red velvet dress
Can Kitri do no wrong? Apparently not, if its latest partywear-heavy collection is anything to go by. Its scarlet-hued midi is the ultimate festive party dress.
De La Vali velvet Vivienne dress
For those who have shorter hair, or prefer wearing theirs up and away from their face, De La Vali’s Vivienne dress’s statement neckline will no doubt pique your interest.
In The Style Plus exclusive velvet tie front ruched mini dress
The perfect LBD doesn’t exis… This tie-front velvet mini is the perfect accoutrement to party season.
Rixo Daisy velvet dress
Rixo’s timeless silhouettes are perfect for those unsure where to place their partywear priorities. Simply wear with your favourite pair of heels and a chic hairstyle, and let the dress do the rest of the talking for you.
Reiss Bella midi dress
Add a splash of colour to proceedings with Reiss’ plum-toned midi, which is crying out to be debuted at your work Christmas party.
AllSaints Noa velvet dress
A slip dress is never a bad idea; simply throw on as it is, or pair with a jumper or cardigan. A true sartorial all-rounder.
Ralph Lauren velvet surplice dress
Forest green velvet is among the best in the velvet-sphere. Don’t believe us? Just take one look at this Ralph Lauren midi for proof.
Realisation Par The Leekley dress
For fun and playful dresses, LA label Realisation Par is among the best in the game. This V-neck, long-sleeved mini is proof; wear with dresses for a pared-back daytime look and with heels for an occasion.
Muzungu Sisters Alia velvet dress
Achingly chic and refined, this sumptuous velvet maxi dress is accented with the colour of the season: hot pink, which means it’s perfect for looking both polished and playful.
Reformation Albi velvet dress
With a statement neckline and voluminous sleeve, this green velvet dress simply needs a pair of tights and your comfiest pair of heels for the perfect all-night party look.
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