Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of the year. Snow. Hot cocoa. The Santa Clause! Nothing can ruin those things for me. Not even the balmy 70 degrees NC weather we’re currently experiencing, or Tim Allen’s conservative politics that he won’t shut up about. 😒
The other thing I love about this time of year? The holiday fashion. Sparkles on everything. 0 crop tops (I prefer to keep my mom rolls nicely tucked in, thank yew). Thick fabrics to stay warm and cozy. Or sweat profusely if you’re in NC like me (that’s called Christmas commitment, baby).
Which brings me to my favorite fabric of the holiday season: Velvet. It’s sexy, sumptuous, regal, and has the bonus of keeping you warm on cold December nights—if your December nights are, in fact, cold. And in my opinion, no South Asian wardrobe is complete without at least one velvet outfit. In my case, it’s a navy blue Poonam’s Kaurture lehenga.
Whether you’ve got a winter wedding to go to or a very desi holiday party to attend, there’s a velvet outfit to match the event’s vibe and your aesthetic. From Indowestern to traditional lehengas, let’s take a look at some of the prettiest winter-appropriate velvet South Asian wear.
From the chain bustier detailing to the luxurious, saturated colors, this lehenga is the perfect choice for a sangeet or reception.
Prefer a sari to a lehenga? Try this velvet one on for size.
Here’s a beautifully embroidered velvet mini dress that’ll look gorgeous with tights in the winter, and gorgeous without the rest of the year.
Keep things vibrant and relaxed in this yellow pantsuit with a sexy back that you have to see to believe.
Stay comfortable and cozy in this maroon dhoti pant set with gorgeous flared sleeves.
I’m obsessed with this luxe, olive green cocktail dress that’s versatile enough for both South Asian and western events.
Here’s a stunning fashion forward outfit that comes with a velvet blazer, wide leg pants, and sexy bustier top.
Keep things neutral in a chic white velvet set featuring a delicate tulle corset top.
My favorite velvet outfit is this timeless strapless gown that’s affordable, elegant, and bound to become your formal wardrobe staple.
Loving these velvet options for the events on your winter party calendar? Share your favorite outfit in the comments below!
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