Best winter velvet dresses

Best velvet dresses to buy now and wear every winter

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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. 

  • Rixo Daisy velvet dress

    Rixo Daisy velvet dress
    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.

    Shop Rixo Daisy velvet dress, £310

  • Reiss Bella midi dress

    Reiss Bella midi dress
    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.

    Shop Reiss Bella midi dress, £168

  • AllSaints Noa velvet dress

    AllSaints Noa velvet dress
    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.

    Shop AllSaints Noa velvet dress, £179

  • Ralph Lauren velvet surplice dress

    Ralph Lauren velvet surplice dress
    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.

    Shop Ralph Lauren velvet surplice dress, £219

  • Realisation Par The Leekley dress

    Realisation Par The Leekley dress
    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.

    Shop Realisation Par The Leekley dress, £185

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