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Velvet always feels like the perfect choice for the festive season. It’s looks sumptuous, feels cosy (and in some cases, will actually keep you warm), and usually comes in rich jewel tones that feel appropriate during the darker nights of winter. The fabric looks even more decadent when trimmed with lace or studded with crystals and pearls, as many of this season’s best velvet party dresses do.
You might have memories of wearing a velvet party dress as a child, but in the right cut, a grown-up version can bring sophistication or sex appeal to your festive ensemble. Keep reading to browse our picks for the 2021 festive season, including long slips and wraparound midi dresses, embroidered minis and bodycon options with cutouts. We’ve made sure to include options for all sizes and at every price point, from under £30 dresses to pricier options, so you can slip on something velvet this Christmas or Hanukkah no matter your budget.
— Additional reporting by Morgane Le Caer