UPDATE: This story was originally published on December 24.
When you hear the term velvet, it's easy to conjure images of schoolgirls, Mary Janes, and hair bows. But, we're here to tell you that this winter, velvet is grown up, on trend, and the fabric we're crushing. The soft stuff can turn any outfit instantly festive and cozy, while still keeping the chic level on high. It's the perfect piece to add some kick to your holiday step, and keep you comfortable at the same time.