Opulent velvet dresses have caught our eye whilst looking for what to wear to winter parties this season. Here, Vogue Scandinavia has listed the best selection to shop now
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This party season, we’re looking to head out to the evening in elevated ensembles – a sumptuous velvet suit, a bold colourful party dress, or perhaps a crossover of the two – an elegant velvet dress. The velvet dress is a loyal party wardrobe staple that may not serve during a scorching hot summer, however come autumn and winter, it is the piece we want to don on a fun night out.
Opting for velvet is one of the easiest ways to glam up your get-up, and there’s a myriad of options available for a new opulent addition to your party dress selection. This winter, we have our eyes on exquisite velvet dresses that are suited for any celebration you have in your calendar, and although going for that classic little black dress is a choice that won’t let you down, we encourage you to explore other options too. Vibrant colours, pretty prints, beautiful silhouettes – we've taken all of it into consideration and rounded up an edit of the best velvet dresses to shop now, which you will find below.
Zahara velvet dress
In a traditional festive red, By Malina's velvet dress is perfect for the upcoming holiday celebrations. The puff-sleeves, draped bodice and A-line skirt create a playful silhouette, and if you're concerned of catching the cold, don't fret - this piece will go beautifully with sheer black stockings.
Strap-Detailed Velvet Maxi Dress
In luxurious dark emerald green, the body-hugging velvet dress from Rasario is an elegant pick for any outing you'll have this winter. The ultra-feminine cocktail dress features a beautiful detail of delicate straps adorning the square-cut neckline. For the final touch, we recommend dainty golden jewellery.
Off-shoulder velvet midi dress
Bottega Veneta's velvet dress for the season comes in bold canary yellow - a true show-stopper guaranteed to turn some heads. The dress is made of smooth crushed velvet, ruched to achieve the most flattering silhouette and finished off with artfully shaped off-shoulder sweetheart neckline. Perhaps this time leave the LBD home?
Noon velvet midi dress
Rotate brings us a striking silhouette with their onyx black velvet midi dress featuring full puff-sleeves. Adorned with two sweet bows that fasten the open back, this dress is a statement by itself - just add heels.
Minna velvet mini dress
This season, Reformation is staying true to their romantic style with an adorable baby doll dress. Crafted from lavish baby blue velvet, the dress also comes in crimson red and emerald green... if you are opting for a more festive take on the trend. The slim-fitting bodice and nipped in waist achieve a flattering silhouette, whilst the adjustable bows add the final charming touch.
Secret Desire Velvet Dress
Puffed sleeves seem to be the sleeve style du jour when it comes to velvet dresses, and we're all for it. Lena Hoschek's iteration comes in stunning midnight blue, featuring draping across the bust, a sewn-in corset and a side slit for that ultimate polished, form-fitting shape. In short, the cardinal party dress to see you through the whole season.
Printed Velvet Midi Dress
We love an elegant printed party dress, and if it's tailored from silky smooth velvet - even better. For this geometric print, Paco Rabanne's creative director Julien Dossena took inspiration from the seventies and combined it with a contemporary silhouette. The dress features a gathered detail topped off with adjustable buttons assuring the perfect fit. Join in this season's trend and accessorise the dress with black leather opera gloves and thigh high boots.
Although adorned with flower foliage details, Stine Goya's 'Ellie' dress is winter party perfection that also works wonders in more casual settings. In beautiful muted blue, the A-line dress boasts gathered details on the sleeves while the semi-sheer lace pattern combined with the velvet creates a luminous effect.
Bella velvet midi dress
Burgundy is a choice of colour that can never go wrong when dressing for the autumn/winter season. Reiss' elegant take on a velvet cocktail dress is a piece made winter celebrations. The bodycon fit achieves a beautiful form-fitting silhouette, topped off with asymmetric neckline detail.
Velvet slip dress
Nineties fashion has been having a moment for a while now, and what could represent the era more than a velvet slip dress? With the right styling, you'll be able to wear the slip dress in the colder months too. Heading out to the party, pair it with a boxy blazer and boots. For a more casual look, layer the slip dress under a cosy, oversized knit.