While I love a fun party dress, the thing with holiday parties is you usually see the same people at them and with all the pretty decorations, every one is basically a family photo opp, so outfit repeating gets a little tricky. So this year, rather than buying a super festive dress that screams “Christmas”, I decided to go with a dress that would work just as well for the rest of winter. This velvet number is the perfect answer. Velvet is so luxe that it’s perfect for a party and unlike lace, it’s heavy enough to keep you warm at the office or a winter wedding. But unlike sequins, it’s not too over the top for the office or drinks with friends, especially in this rich navy hue. The ruffles make it feel more fun, and I love the roomy fit, which is perfect for disguising all the holiday cookies I’ve been housing.