First Look: Velvet Dresses

Transition/Fall/Winter always involves velvet, though this year it’s back with a vengeance. Remember, velvet can be cotton, polyester, rayon, or silk, each reflecting a level of weight and softness. Herein some attractive ways to face the new season.

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Brand Blessing Velvet Midi Dress– Look like a long drink. Emphasize by wearing long (faux?) pearls, perhaps knotted low. Deep green. Plunging neckline and criss-cross back straps create a sultry look. Black slit. Pullover style. Viscose/silk. $298.00

Black Halo Jolie Velvet Dress– Perfect for cocktails or a date. Strapless style features sculptural neckline complemented by pleat details at waist and crossover skirt. Concealed zip back closure, lined. $390.00

Theia Velvet Flounce-Hem Cocktail Dress– Ready for Gatsby’s party. Sweetheart neckline. Spaghetti straps. Formfitting over hips. Hidden back zipper closure. High-low, flounce hem. Polyester/spandex. $495.00

Bardot Velvet Tank Dress– A timeless classic. Midnight-colored velvet and body-conscious silhouette (it should skim not cling) Front and back scoop neck, sleeveless, slit back hem detail. Unlined, pullover style. Hand wash or dry clean polyester/elastane. $69.00

Not Shown: Montecarlo Dress by Amanda Uprichard blue or magenta $189.00

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MASSCOB Ruffled V-neck Velvet Dress– Luxe looking. Midnight blue. Slips on. Dropped shoulders, frilled trim at armholes, sleeveless, creased texture, A-line skirt, self-tie straps at back waist. Silk/cotton.  $380.00  excludes import duties.

Eden Geo Print Velvet Dress by Dress the Population– Geometric, Deco-burnout patterning-difficult to see here. Brooch anyone? Hidden back-zipper closure. Off-the-shoulder neck. Back slit Midi-length hem Stretch lining. Polyester/spandex. In 4 colors. $242.00

Asymmetrical Velvet Dress by St. John Collection– Minimal, clean-lined silhouette ripe for contemporary jewelry. Hidden back-zipper with button-and-loop keyhole closure. Jewel neck. Short flutter sleeves. Stretch-silk lining. Rayon/silk.  $1295.00

Thrive Dress by BHLDN– Deep wine. Rather Renaissance looking. Wrap dress with tie closure, ruching at the shoulders, flouncy sleeves. Polyester/spandex $140.00

Not Shown: Velvet Off-The-Shoulder Dress by Shoshanna  $486.00

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Saloni Tina Cowl-Back Floral-Print Velvet Dress- At home part hostess, autumn theater date. Nips in at the waist and falls to a midi hem. Rayon/silk. Ladylike on-trend length. $750.00

Theia Draped Off-the-Shoulder Stretch-Velvet Cocktail Dress– Sweetheart neckline. Draped, crossover bodice. Sheath silhouette. Hidden back zipper closure. Back hem slit. Knee-length hem. Polyester/spandex. Deep teal. $495.00

Jovani Velvet Cold-Shoulder Sheath Dress in Peacock– Contemporary take. Stretch velvet with bateau neckline, hidden back zipper closure. Polyester/spandex; polyester lining. $510.00

Luisa Beccaria Three-Quarter Sleeve Velvet Midi Dress– lush and easy. Flattering wrap silhouette. Detailed with plunging neckline, finished with slit pockets. Ties to nip in your waist. Polyester/silk. $1860.00

Not Shown: Dark Purple Velvet Bespoke Midi Dress $100.00

Not Shown: Lauren Ralph Lauren Off-the-Shoulder Velvet Dress $155.00-color peacock


Left: Tom Ford Velvet Dress– Seriously patrician. Feminine silhouette finished with a tailored waistline for an hourglass silhouette. Lined acetate/polyester. $1990.00

Center: Queen of The Disco Velvet Midi Dress by Ali & Jay– Moves beautifully. High neckline contrasts with fluttering cold-shoulder sleeves; high slit shows a little skin. Hidden back-zip closure. Lined polyester/spandex. Spruce. $148.00

Right: Prabal Gurung Velvet Dot Dress– Contrasting dots pattern this opulent dress. Bell sleeves, round neck, button front. Back zipper closure. Viscose/silk. Rich wine.  $1995.00

The items featured in this article have been chosen by the editors of Woman Around Town simply because we like them and think you may, too. No advertising fees have been paid to Woman Around Town for this article.