If there’s a time of year when velvet feels right, it’s Christmas. The sumptuous, soft fabric has an air of regality about it making it the perfect choice for party dresses, statement suits and fun accessories. And it’s everywhere right now, from Saloni’s crystal bow-embellished dresses – quite possibly the perfect Christmas cocktail party dress – to ’70s-inspired suits from Reiss. Scroll on for 36 of our favourites…

Look to LA label Reformation for a stellar edit of velvet pieces this season. There’s the dreamy blue Livia dress with a demure midi length and pretty puff sleeves but a sexy cut out back for business up front, party in the back vibes. If dresses aren’t your thing, we love the romantic Luka bodice top paired with much tougher leather trousers, polka dot tights and pointed sling-backs.

If there's a time of year when velvet feels right, it's Christmas. Sumptuous, soft and expensive looking, it transforms LBDs, suits and accessories into something really special.

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