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Velvet Dress

Velvet is a vintage fabric that is easy to create lots of different looks with. While a velvet dress is an obvious choice for formal wear, it also lends well to many casual looks. Velvet material goes well in the office, on the town, at parties and for holiday celebrations. Find new and interesting ways to incorporate dresses made of velvet into an existing wardrobe.

For formal occasions, a tiered dress is visually appealing because it creates the illusion of movement, even while standing. A tiered velvet dress in dark colors, such as black, navy and brown, is sophisticated and classic. Pink velvet is whimsical and feminine, while gold is warm and rich looking. Velvet is luxurious for formal events and is warm without bulk. Consider long tiered dresses with flat or low heel shoes, such as ballet flats or low heel pumps.

A simple yet elegant look in formal wear is a short cocktail dress. New styles are simpler and more feminine than of decades past. A monochrome look is sophisticated; for example, a black dress with black shoes and accessories or a white dress with white shoes and accessories. For a hint of contrast, try silver jewelry with all black and gold jewelry with all white ensembles.

A velvet dress is easy to modernize for more casual occasions, such as at the office or dinners out. A classic look incorporates a simple fitted dress with Mary Jane shoes. Update this look even more with a tunic dress and boots. To create a super-modern, edgy outfit, pair velvet with leather. This is done easily with wide leather belts, leather shoes with studs and motorcycle jackets.

Selections of these dresses for both formal and casual wear are offered by Alex Evenings, One World and others. More velvet designs to consider are empire waist dresses and printed dresses. When accessorizing printed dresses, choose one of the colors in the pattern and match all accessories to this color.

Find the perfect velvet dress for formal events or for casual occasions at Macy's.