When thinking of holiday party dresses for 2017, one word come to mind: velvet. More flattering than sequins, warmer than silk, velvet is the ultimate winter frock fabric. Pair the pettable textile with the midlength trend, and you’ll find that there’s never been a better time to get dressed up.
Here are a few of our favorite velvet dresses to take you from Thanksgiving right through the New Year.
Donna Karen’s dress in Dragonfly provides an understated take on the bold velvet trend with an overlay of burnout velvet. The jewel tone blue and sheer, flowy hem is gorgeous and a no-fuss choice for any holiday affair. Available at bloomingdales.com, $195.
The little black dress gets a holiday update in Rebecca Taylor’s halter number. A ruffled neckline, plush velvet bustier, and satin floral skirt make for a knockout silhouette. Available at saksfifthavenue.com, $595.
Fashioned from one of the most autumnal shades of velvet we’ve ever seen (it’s called puce), this dreamy Ulla Johnson dress exposes one shoulder and secures the other with a bow. And just have a look at that sweeping ruffled hemline. Available at modaoperandi.com, $600.
If you didn’t know a green velvet dress could be one of your most versatile wardrobe pieces, consider the possibilities with Maje’s midi in jade: add sandals that sparkle and you’re holiday party approved, or do pumps for office attire, ankle boots for around-town casual, flats for hosting a weekend get-together — you get our drift. Available at netaporter.com, $480.
We love Vince for its update on basics. Case in point: this velvet twist on a classic tank dress. Endlessly versatile, it can be dressed up or down. Throw over a turtleneck and pair with ankle boots. Even the color, cocoa bean, makes us giddy. Available at saksfifthavenue.com, $395.
Not all fall shades are drawn from a warm color palette. This J Brand slip dress in a moody dark green is a decadent cool hue. Slip it on solo or over long sleeves for a little less skin. Wear with a fuzzy sweater and heels for a party. Available at shopspring.com, $298.
This Frame slip dress in a color called spice practically glows, and we think that radiance will infuse into its wearer. Pair with a cozy sweater or a moto jacket. Available at fwrd.com, $449.
A little black dress is nice. But a slinky wrap dress in midnight blue could be a new wardrobe staple. Available at nordstrom.com, $129.
We’re thankful Olivia Palermo teamed up with Banana Republic to make this midi dress (among other things). It’s nipped at the waist for a figure-flattering silhouette, ties at the neck for feminine flare, and comes in slimming black. Available at bananarepublic.com, $148.
Black Halo’s Miramar sheath dress is everything a holiday dress should be: festive in bold red, ruched in all the right places, and subtly sexy. Available at neimanmarcus.com, $375.
In the sea of one million slip dresses, Tibi’s navy velvet edition is a standout. The hemline takes a dip in the back for pretty movement, while the front shows just enough leg. Up the cool factor by pairing with booties and a leather jacket. Available at net-a-porter.com, $695.
Roberto Collina took a relaxed silhouette, which could have been for lazing about on a Sunday, and turned it into a luxurious frock in an exotic, orangey-red velvet worthy of an extraordinary occasion. Top with a kimono. Available at farfetch.com, $319.