The wintertime is coming up, which means out with the sheer lace, and in with thick layers and chunky sweaters. While some winter essentials tend to feel bulky, there’s one cold weather staple that keeps me warm while staying sleek in design: velvet.

 

When it comes to my winter aesthetic, I delve into an obsessive love affair with velvet. And who can blame me when there’s something so enticing about a velvet dress: it’s a regal-meets-goth play that always finds a way to squeeze itself into anyone’s closet. But, it’s not just a fan-favorite for its sultry look, but it’s literal feel. The soft, slightly bristly texture of a luxury velvet dress brings an elegant, euphoric sensation to any ensemble. It literally touches upon multiple senses, making this number an essential to my winter closet.

 

And what better hue to pair this timeless design with than black? While others experiment with cherry reds and forest greens, I know my black-on-black style always works with the sleek, sexy feel of a velvet dress. Unlike my spurts of fashion experimentation, I always know what I’m going to get when I purchase a black velvet dress: a flattering silhouette that keeps me warm, even in the dead of NYC cold fronts.

 

The Best Black Velvet Dresses Of The Season

 

It’s an undeniable fact that every year, velvet has a holiday-season moment. And unlike other questionable trends we’d rather ditch (like the hideously clunky Sherpa-lined suede boots that shall not be named), I’m ready to jump all over velvet the moment I get the chance to.

 

And let’s be real: black is the new black. Black is never going to fade away as the crown jewel that pairs perfectly with, well, everything, so why fight it? Feel free to wear your most Morticia Addams-esque velvet dress at the Thanksgiving dinner table, no one’s judging.

 

The winter motto: ’tis the season for black velvet dresses. Whether you’re going to the most sophisticated of wintertime soirees, or just headed to Sunday brunch, there’s always a time and a place for you to break one of these sexy LBDs (or maxis) out.

 

I know it’s chilly, so I’m sticking to some long sleeved velvet dresses. While some of you clutch at your velvet slips in horror of covering up, here me out: just because you’re not baring skin, doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing style. When it comes to mastering the art of the long sleeved dress, it’s all about fit, cut, and design to make it a sexy number that doesn’t bare all.

 

In need of some style guidance? Let me make things easier for you: below, you can find some of the hottest velvet dress styles around, all donning a striking black hue. If I wasn’t broke already, I’d 100 percent spend all my savings on every single one of these pretty finds. So, for the sake of all things winter fashion, grab one (or all) of these adorable velvet dresses before the season ends.

 

The all-black effect: slip into our favorite velvet picks.

 

Silver Bells

 


VERONICA BEARD

Wynne velvet mini-dress

$695


 

We all love a black velvet dress, but sometimes it needs a little bit of added glam. That’s when you slip into this Veronica Beard piece: it’s a classic velvet dress, completely flipped on its head. The mini dress cut makes this a flirty number, only accentuated more by the descending silver button details. The V-neckline is another flattering touch to this fitted dress, making it the perfect fit for any of your holiday parties. For this dress, let it shine on it’s own by pairing it with simple black heels and a small crossbody purse.

 

A Spring Staple, Revamped

 


EMPORIO ARMANI

Velvet Wrap-Front Dress

$775


 

We all know that the floral wrap dress à la Diane von Furstenberg is a basic necessity for getting through the warmer months of spring and summer, but what about winter? Be prepared to break out the wrap dress, because Emporio Armani just gave it the winter glow up it deserves. In a classic black hue, this velvet dress is given a much-needed spin with a more fitted approach and a shorter hemline. It’s an adorable mini dress that can be worn anytime, anywhere. I dare you to strut into your office holiday party in this dress — I already know you’ll catch some eyes in it.

 

All Tied Up

 


BLACK HALO

Austyn Velvet Dress

$345


 

For those of you who want something a little more contemporary, I’m sure you’ll find this Black Halo dress a flattering add-in to your winter wardrobe. The real star of the show here is the neckline bow: it stays sleek and flattering through its choker-neck style, but has a contemporary attitude through its large demeanor. It adds an interesting touch to this dress, and is an important player in the keyhole cutout. The mini dress style makes this another dress on the list that stays flirty, but still elegant in design.

 

The Thanksgiving Godsend

 


EILEEN FISHER

Velvet 3/4-Sleeve Wrap Dress

$378 $189


 

When it comes to Thanksgiving, my approach to style is: the looser, the better. And it makes sense, considering the fact that we’re all gobbling down piles of turkey and mashed potatoes. Instead of letting your food baby get in the way of your style, slip into this ultra-relaxed fit dress from Eileen Fisher. It’s a flowing fit that will allow you to actually breathe after your second serving of sweet potato pie.

 

Sparkling, Please

 


BADGLEY MISCHKA COLLECTION

Floral-Sequin Long-Sleeve Velvet Dress

$440


 

I can always rely on Badgley Mischka to give any article of clothing a glitzy approach. And with this dress, they really thought out of the box: velvet, with sequins. Groundbreaking, right? It’s a major modern twist that somehow embodies a vintage aesthetic, and I’m shook by it. Where it goes maximal in design, it stays simple in cut: a rounded neckline, mini cut, and long sleeves are all this dress needed.

 

Business In The Front, Party In The Back

 


T BY ALEXANDER WANG

Velvet cotton-blend dress

$295 $206


 

This velvet-cotton blend may seen simplistic at first glance, but turn it around and you’ll see the circular back cut-out that adds a modern couture edge. It’s slender fit and mini cut makes this dress an invigorating, sexy twist on the average black velvet dress, and I was almost too quick to purchase it for myself. It has a slight stretch to it from the cotton, so even though this dress looks intimidatingly tiny, you’ll definitely have some breathing room.

 

Pleasant Peasantry

 


ON THE ROAD

Miranda Off-the-Shoulder Velvet Dress

$119 $107


 

Last but definitely not least, we have this Bohemian-style hi-low dress from On The Road. The bodice is composed of a stretch-velvet material, making it as comfortable as it is flattering. It has a sweetheart neckline that will compliment anyone’s fit, and the off the shoulder style adds a sultry touch to this otherwise modest selection. The vintage peasant style of this piece makes it a great choice for any daytime event, or even on a more relaxed date with bae. You can easily pair it with your favorite heels, or flats on a casual morning.

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