1. Herschel Supply Co. Dawson Backpack ($120)

"'Tis the season for velvet," says Elana Fishman at Racked. This drawcord backpack is perfect for hauling gear during the day, yet won't look out of place at a holiday party. It has a nylon liner and a side-access, zippered storage sleeve. Buy it at Amazon.

2. Topshop Unique Printed Minidress ($450)

Designers love velvet because the "feel-good fabric" easily adds a bit of luxury to everyday outfits, says Grace Cook at The Financial Times. This square-necked velvet minidress is printed with a scene from Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale. Buy it at Net-a-Porter.com.

3. Concrete and Water Hand-Dyed Pants ($330)

Velvet trousers are available in a wide variety of cuts this fall. Swap your skinny jeans for these high-waisted, wide-leg pants, which combine easy comfort with a 1970s silhouette and unique dye pattern. Buy it at Concrete + Water.

4. River Island Velvet Cami Top ($52)

For more affordable velvet, try a lace-trimmed cami in vivid lime. It looks great under a blazer or paired with skinny pants. If you're feeling particularly luxe, it can also serve as a plush pajama top. Buy it at River Island.

5. Tom Ford Velvet High-Tops ($990)

Men can rock velvet, too — in a designer sneaker that's "the ultimate balance of playboy and practical," says Samuel Hine at GQ. With jeans or a suit, Tom Ford's high-tops channel "just the right amount of decadence." Buy them at Bergdorf Goodman.

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