Velvet Dresses Look Luxe in a Rainbow of Hues

Velvet dresses look luxe in a rainbow of huesI love velvet dresses. Especially around the holidays, velvet is so sumptuous, so rich, so over-the-top luxe, that it perfectly matches my exuberant celebratory spirit!

Velvet is also so easy to wear. Long car ride? No problem. Velvet (especially stretch velvet) doesn’t wrinkle. So you arrive looking elegant – not like you fought traffic for 45 minutes.

And, velvet is so tactile. When I wear velvet, I find myself absentmindedly stroking the fabric. (Rest assured, he’ll want to, too!)

Maybe it’s because velvet is traditionally associated with royalty and nobility, but I think that a velvet jacket, wrap or even pair of flats adds a regal note to any outfit.

I actually have several velvet dresses hanging in my closet – all black. This year, I plan to move away from conventional black and explore some other gorgeous options. From claret to warm brown, from sapphire to emerald, there are a world of choices in velvet that offer just a touch of the unexpected.

I’ve showcased a few of my top picks above. Have you picked your holiday ensemble yet?

  • Armani Collezioni velvet dress ($325 –
  • Alexon velevet midi dress ($115 –
  • Long formal velvet dress (

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    Looking at your choices I like the long formal dress from I agree with you, velvet is a very sumptuous fabric. I prefer velvet in blue, black, purple, and red. I have a very dark red velvet jacket that actually looks black, you have to look very closely to see that it’s actually dark red.

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