Velvet Dresses for Any Pre-Wedding Party
For your engagement party to your rehearsal dinner, and everything in between.
Velvet—the season's fabric of choice—is here to stay. The vintage material's resurgence has taken the fashion world by storm, covering everything from skirts to handbags and shoes. But our most favorite velvet iteration has to be the dress. And what better opportunity to rock an on-trend, glamorous item than at one of your many wedding-related events?
We love engagement parties, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners, because they give the bride-to-be even more opportunities to get dressed up. It's also a great time to experiment with something you weren't brave enough to try on the big-day itself, which is why an of-the-moment look, like velvet dresses, is perfect for these pre-wedding occasions. Let's not forget either: this rich, textured fabric is perfect for the wintertime.
Whether you love a black velvet slip dress, or a rich burgundy velvet wrap, there are many stylish silhouettes and colors to choose from. Plus, some of our most favorite designers and retailers—from Fame and Partners to Reformation, Elizabeth and James and Armani—carry the look, opening up a variety of styles and price points.
Love the idea of rocking a velvet dress to your engagement party, bridal shower, or rehearsal dinner? Click through to see all of our favorite velvet dress styles!
Fame and Partners
Fame and Partners "York" Dress, $249, fameandpartners.com.
Elizabeth and James
Elizabeth and James Sleeveless Velvet Slip Gown, $395, neimanmarcus.com.
Cushnie Et Ochs
Cushnie et Ochs One-Shoulder Cutout Dress, $1,695, net-a-porter.com.
ASOS Velvet Metallic Drape Open Back Dress, $83, asos.com.
Roland Mouret "Silvabella" Gathered Velvet Gown, $3,985, net-a-porter.com.
BHLDN "Marinet" Dress, $180, bhldn.com.
Armani Velvet & Sequins A-Line Dress, $3,295, barneys.com.
Misa "Carolina" Dress, $238, shopbop.com.
Veronica Beard "Plaza" Strapless Velvet Midi Dress, $695, neimanmarcus.com.
Free People "Belle Epoch" Velvet Maxi Slip, $89.95, freepeople.com.
Reformation Grenache Dress, $278, thereformation.com.
Kimchi Blue "Iris" Velvet Surplice Mini Dress, $69, urbanoutfitters.com.
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane Von Furstenberg "Julian" Long Velvet Wrap Dress, $598, dvf.com.
Raey Bias-Cut Velvet Dress, $712, matchesfashion.com.