Every Cool Way to Wear Your Velvet Dresses After the Holidays

Welcome to 2018, friends! The holidays are over, which usually incites a slump in all facets of our lives. (Unless you're one of those wildly ambitious goal-setters who transforms at the start of each new year—in which case, we envy your drive.) So if you're feeling a little out of sorts, don't fret. After all, those few weeks between January 1 and mid-February can feel like one big sartorial rut.

But before you bury those festive party dresses of yours, give them another glance. Fashion girls everywhere are proving that party dresses (especially velvet dresses) can be the centerpiece for looks with a decidedly streetwear spin to them. It's all about marrying the luxe piece with cool sneakers, graphic T-shirts, and high-shine leather. Create an intriguing dichotomy by wearing a pretty frock with thick socks and pool slides (yes, we went there) or an oversize flannel (don't knock it until you've tried it).

Keep reading to see how to revitalize your velvet dresses, and then shop our favorite picks below.

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Over a graphic sweatshirt, this holiday dress gets a streetwear-approved post-holiday revival.

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A case study in balance: Match a ruffled dress with distressed, fringed denim.

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Pool slides and socks can make any dress feel everyday-appropriate. In other words, we're pretty on board with the geek-chic combo.

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Tie your sneakers like a true fashion girl by wrapping them around your ankle a few times, creating a ballerina-inspired effect.

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Give your velvet dress a slick edge with the addition of this of-the-moment topper: a vinyl trench coat.

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The addition of white boots makes this velvet gown feel modern.

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Try wearing an oversize flannel over a dress for grungy look.

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Toughen up your velvet dresses by pairing them with leather staples like a moto jacket and ankle boots. 

The sheer lace panels on this skirt make it the perfect dress to wear over jeans.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

A fashion-girl favorite.

Available in sizes 0 to 4.

The embroidery on this dress is so beautiful.

Available in sizes S to L.

This neckline deserves a closer look.

Available in sizes 10 to 18.

This peachy number looks especially cool with a T-shirt and boots.

Available in sizes S to L.

Alexa Chung designed this dress. Need we say more?

Available in sizes UK 6 to UK 14.

Wear this dress with gold or brass jewelry to bring out the color.

Available in sizes 1 to 3.

You can't go wrong with a wrap dress.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

We love pretty much anything '90s-inspired.

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

We love the subtly rich texture this piece has.

Available in sizes XS to 4X.

How cool does this look with metallic boots?

Available in sizes XS to L.

Obsessed with velvet too? You have to see how French girls are wearing the luxe fabric.