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.
Add tights for a flirty way to usher in winter.
$38 at Need Supply
Won't this smashing floral number look great with a woolly sweater and black tights all winter long?
$76 at Topshop.
Cut it Out
Any deviation from the norm in velvet is fine by us, including this surprisingly covered up cut-out top.
$70 at Nasty Gal.
These jeans are the perfect investment.
$220 at Net-a-Porter.
A pretty skater dress is even better in velvet.
$56.95 at ASOS.
Cut it Out Again
Cutesy Mary Janes look totally fresh when they're made out of a new material.
$55 at Topshop.
There are a heck of a lot of slippers out there on the market—we think these (by Tory Burch of all designers!) are really neat.
$275 at Net-a-Porter.
Basic black jeans too boring for you? Embrace the psychedelia...
$49.83 at ASOS.
Carrying velvet is easier than you'd think.
$48 at Nasty Gal.
Top it Off
Hair bows look especially sweet in rich velvet. The perfect holiday topper for every occasion.
$38 at France Luxe.