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Would You Wear… a Velvet Party Dress?


Velvet Party Dress
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Whenever the holiday season rolls around, I stare at my closet waiting for something to inspire my party outfit. My normal dresses never seem festive enough for holiday party attire, so I always end up adding sparkly fingernails or a pair of shiny pumps. But velvet party dresses are absolutely perfect for holiday parties, and this year you’ll find them everywhere.

While velvet party dresses are fun, they do have a downside: they’re not versatile and are tricky to wear in other seasons. However, with plenty of cheap options available – like the one below from American Apparel, and more at Forever 21, Topshop, and H&M – it isn’t like a velvet dress is an investment piece.

Velvet Party Dress Style
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Will you be wearing a velvet party dress to your holiday events?

Leave a comment below and let us know! Do you think this material is appropriate for party dresses, or do you think it looks to heavy?  Which look above is your favorite?  How do you wear your own?

Posted on on December 13, 2011 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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34 Responses to “Would You Wear… a Velvet Party Dress?”

  1. 1
    December 13th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I have a velvet party dress i got at forever 21 last year and i absolutely LOVE it–my friends all call it my ice dancer dress, haha!

  2. 2
    December 13th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I have a velvet dress from last winter and I think they are actually quite versatile. With a cardi and boots I can easily wear them to dinner or to get a cup of tea, with heels (or flats) I wear when going out. And I love they are quite decent as they dont show muc skin.

  3. 3
    December 13th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I love the idea. I was actually thinking of trying it this year for Christmas or New years. You guys should definitely consider showing some ways of wearing them.

  4. 4
    December 13th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I absolutely would wear one. In fact, I’m in love with the last teal green one. I’m thinking of possibly getting a velvet dress for New Year’s instead of sequins or glitter as usual.

  5. 5
    December 13th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    If I can find one that isn’t too clingy, and has the right amount of modern and 90s style, then definitely!

  6. 6
    December 13th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    YES!!! but come on CF, i need examples

  7. 7
    December 13th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I had a maroon velvet dress when i was little and it was the one dress i really loved. This year, i found a ‘grown-up’ version, with quarter length sleeves and a slightly fuller skirt so it’s not too clingy! I actualy love the velvet dress thing, it feels so christmassy! Mines has a spotty glitter pattern too, which makes it super-festive! Can’t help feeling like a six year old in it! :)

  8. 8
    December 13th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    yes!! i actually bought a velvet dress a week ago for my christmas outfit i’ll def be wearing one

  9. 9
    December 13th, 2011 at 5:17 pm


  10. 10
    December 13th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    If I can find one I like, sure. I had a couple when I was little that I really liked, and they really stand out in photos, in a positive way :)

  11. 11
    December 13th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    i would definitely not wear a velvet party cause i happen to ba a scared 90″s kid and hate velvet ( i cant stand the feel of it) the dresses do look cute tho :)

  12. 12
    December 13th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Yeah I think they can be really cute. But I really don’t like body tight dresses. It’s okay if it’s tight on top or on bottom but not both! So if I can find one like that I would definitely wear one. The dark red/ maroon in the first picture is a really cute color!

  13. 13
    December 13th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Yeah, I really like these. But nothing quite as tight as these, I agree with Josie, maybe a bit more a flouncy mini. Please do another article about how to wear/where to buy!!

  14. 14
    December 13th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I love velvet dresses, especially in jewel tones! A velvet dress is definitely in my winter wish list :)

  15. 15
    December 13th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I love the look, especially in the pictures you posted. However, I just CANNOT stand the feel of velvet. It looks beautiful, but I literally CRINGE whenever I touch it. I’m not sure why :/

  16. 16
    December 13th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Love the dresses! I think they’re really cute on other people but I personally hate the way velvet feels… It makes my skin crawl. Haha :P but like I said, they look WAY cute on other people! :)

  17. 17
    December 13th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I think they are super pretty, but they would not flatter my body type!

  18. 18
    December 13th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I have a cute black vintage swing dress that my aunt gave me..since it’s a pretty classic cut and color, I usually wear it with cardigans and coats through fall and winter. I’d love to get a fancier one for the holidays though!

  19. 19
    December 13th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I really want a velvet dress now. They look so warm and cute.

  20. 20
    December 13th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I wore velvet dress to Xmas party 2 years ago. I got many compliments. Velvet dress looks classy and fun as long as they are mini.

  21. 21
    December 13th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    And their shapes and colors play main role. Black, deep blue, deep green velvet dresses are the great. In my opinion, tight velvet dress is not a good choice. Babydoll, or shif dresses look gorgeous.

  22. 22
    December 14th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I actually own a velvet dress that I’ve had for years! I fully plan to wear it this winter. :)

  23. 23
    December 14th, 2011 at 2:04 am

    I would wear that teal green velvet dress with tights to keep me warm in the winter-fashionable and warm!!!wow!! i love the look.

  24. 24
    December 14th, 2011 at 2:13 am

    I detest velvet…it makes me cringe.

  25. 25
    December 14th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I’m petite, but not enough to wear a form fitting velvet dress. LOVE the idea..just gimme a few months for my new year’s resolution to kick in. :)

  26. 26
    December 14th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I WANT. I think I’ll be making a trip to American Apparel to try one on… they look so cute! I have a masquerade ball to go to, I think the green one with patterned tights and my glittery heels will be perfect!

  27. 27
    December 14th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    OBSESSEd with my velvet dress. got it for $4 at a thrift store. STEAL

  28. 28
    December 15th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I LOVE velvet dresses. So festive!

  29. 29
    December 15th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I love the idea of a velvet dress. As so many others have said, I wouldn’t wear one that’s as tight as the ones featured, but if the skirt flared a bit I would definitely wear it. I’d love to find one in burgundy.

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