The 20 Best Velvet Dresses for All Your Holiday Bashes

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‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything, cozy movie nights and all the velvet dresses a gal could ever want. We’ve been known to sport a velvet ballet flat in fall or velvet headband come spring, but in all honestly, winter is this comfy material’s time to shine. So we put together a list of the best velvet dresses to wear from now through April for every holiday party, winter wedding and festive get-together you have on your calendar.

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1. Hill House Home The Ellie Nap Dress

We were over the moon excited in October when Hill House Home released a new velvet version of its viral nap dress for the ultimate in comfy holiday apparel. It comes in the dark green above as well as a burgundy hue.

Buy it ($175)

Available in sizes XXS to 2XL

2. Eloquii Dolman-Sleeve Velvet Dress

This V-neck mini comes in three more gorgeous colors—black, sapphire blue and hot pink—but our favorite by far is this stunning emerald hue which is perfect for the holidays without feeling too on the nose.

Buy it ($110)

Available in sizes 14 to 28

3. Anthropologie Velvet Shift Mini Dress

The pattern on this flowy mini is even more beautiful up close, but what really sold us on this frock is the lace-up detail at the back. (Don’t worry, it’s definitely still bra-friendly.)

Buy it ($190)

Available in sizes 00 to 16, also Petite

4. Alex Evenings Plus-Size Ruched Velvet Dress

The drape detail and embellished hip help create the illusion of a nipped-in waist. Plus, thanks to all that glitter, all you need to finish your look is a pair of statement earrings and you’ll be good to go.

Buy it ($169; $118)

Available in sizes 14W to 24W

5. Reformation Leonie Velvet Dress

We’re getting major Bridgerton vibes from this button-up midi, especially because of the square neckline. That said, if you want to amp up the sexy vibes, just pull the sleeves down for an off-the-shoulder silhouette.

Buy it ($298)

Available in sizes 0 to 12

6. Rhode Pia Velvet Dress

Balloon sleeves help to balance out the ruched skirt to create a fun and flattering silhouette. We highly suggest adding a pair of logo or polka dot tights and some ankle booties, or a bold, glittery necklace to finish the look.

Buy it ($475)

Available in sizes XS to XL

7. Norma Kamali V-Neck Rectangle Gown

Velvet isn’t just for holiday parties, it’s also a great choice for winter weddings. Keep it simple with some dangly earrings or a lariat necklace, or add a glitzy belt to really cinch your waist in.

Buy it ($195)

Available in sizes XXS to L

8. Eloquii Velvet Wrap Dress with Tie

This midi is a true wrap dress, so you can adjust it to fit exactly the way you like. Plus, you could always wear it undone as a duster to get double the use.

Buy it ($130)

Available in sizes 14 to 28

9. Hemant and Nandita Veena Dress

We love the unexpected combo of a wintery fabric like velvet and a springy floral print. Play up the cold-weather vibes by adding some jewel tone accessories, like a deep purple clutch or emerald green pumps.

Buy it ($358)

Available in sizes XS to XL

10. Diane von Furstenberg Tulisa Two Asymmetrical Midi Velvet Wrap Dress

There’s a lot to love about this party-ready frock—the flattering wrap silhouette, the contrasting adjustable belt, the fact that it’s bra-friendly—but our favorite is definitely the subtle mismatched stripes that add texture to the blue velvet.

Buy it ($598)

Available in sizes 00 to 16

11. Polo Ralph Lauren Silk-Blend-Velvet Puff-Sleeve Dress

Très parisien, non? Of course, you don’t have to style this mini with a beret, but we’d definitely keep the chic knee-high boots.

Buy it ($498)

Available in sizes 00 to 18

12. Ava & Viv Velvet Long-Sleeve Dress

This midi can be worn two ways, either as a square neck or an off-the-shoulder style.

Buy it ($30)

Available in sizes X to 4X

13. Reformation Nyla Velvet Dress Es

The high halter neck is great for elongating your frame, and while the back is pretty open, you can definitely still wear a strapless bra without it peeking out.

Buy it ($178)

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

14. RIXO Iris floral-print devoré silk-velvet wrap mini dress

We don’t know what we love more, the notched collar, the flared sleeves or the stunning floral pattern around the hem and cuffs.

Buy it ($450)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

15. Let Me Be Burnout Velvet Maxi Dress

This asymmetrical cut-out design is super trendy right now, but if you’re worried about showing too much skin, we have an easy solution: Simply layer a mesh or lace top underneath for some extra coverage that still highlights the cut of the dress.

Buy it ($248)

Available in sizes XXS to 3X, also Petite

16. J.Crew Boatneck Italian Velvet Dress

The simplicity of this dress is what makes it really sing. Skip the necklace and play around with fun earrings or a headband instead.

Buy it ($228)

Available in sizes 00 to 24

17. Reformation Livia Velvet Dress

Demure from the front and sexy from the back, this dress works best with a backless bra and funky accessories, like a feathered handbag or glittery heels.

Buy it ($298)

Available in sizes 0 to 12

18. Jenny Yoo Ryland Velvet Dress

Don’t worry about any incidental nip-slips or drooping shoulders thanks to a sheer panel at the front that helps keep everything in place and offers just a touch of coverage.

Buy it ($295)

Available in sizes 0 to 26

19. Johnny Was Stardust Velvet Wrap Dress

This star-studded frock can be easily dressed up or down depending on the event you’re headed to. Stick with flats and delicate jewelry for a chill cookie exchange, then slip into some sexy slingbacks and add dangly statement earrings for cocktails with your girlfriends.

Buy it ($398)

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

20. Hutch Velvet Wrap Maxi Dress

We came for the stunning floral pattern but stayed for the fun ruffled skirt and dainty ties on the puff sleeves. Plus, there’s an extra length of fabric on one side of the dress to ensure you don’t flash too much leg while walking in this wrap.

Buy it ($248)

Available in sizes XXS to 3X, also Petite

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