There are a few perfect standby textiles each season—summer gets seersucker and linen, fall is all about plaid and (faux) fur. For your consideration. however, is one of our personal favorite cold-weather fabrics, one that is appropriate for both high-end holiday parties and your regular ol' Wednesday night: velvet. In basic black it's both luxe and slightly retro (if this forthcoming list doesn't do it for you, the babydoll dress section of your local thrift store should do the trick). Used to make anything from zippered jeans to shoes to hair accessories, count on velvet to up the sartorial ante on every occasion. Ahead: 10 top picks.
Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.