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 winter 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 M&S.

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The high street has a stellar edit of velvet pieces this season. There’s the dreamy blue AND/OR dress with its demure midi length and pretty puff sleeves but a sexy cut-out back for business up front, and party in the back. If dresses aren’t your thing, we love River Island’s velvet bodice top paired with much tougher leather trousers, polka dot tights and pointed sling-backs.

While Zara has some great classic pieces you’ll keep for seasons to come, from the embellished evening jacket that’s giving up Kate Moss vibes, to the simple velvet scarf that will add a rock ‘n’ roll edge to a masculine white shirt.

​​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.

Zara’s sweet velvet shift comes with a high ruffle collar and tulip sleeves. Pair it with polka dot tights and platform boots for a romantic take on gothic.

For higher-end pieces, Anna Mason’s Iona ruffle-neck blouse comes in a heavy-weight winter linen with a touch of velvet trim. Wear it with everything from high-waist denim to wide-leg velvet trousers. Whilst Blazé Milano’s Jealousy Everynight velvet blazer is expensive but a piece to be treasured for years to come. The intense jewel-hued jacket layers perfectly over everything from a simple white tee to a black polo neck for a vintage-inspired look.

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