Nicole Richie, Garcelle Beauvais, Lala Vasquez, Whitney Port

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It's that time of year again! With the temperature dropping, many of us our cozying up to cold weather-friendly fabrics and this season velvet is one of the hottest choices for warming up.

Nicole Richie, Whitney Port, Garcelle Beauvais and La La Anthony are among the many velveteen vixens we've spotted on the red carpet lately. These gorgeous gals are playing up the plush fabric in a number of ways that already have us thinking of incorporating the soft-to-the-touch fabric into our holiday party rotation.

Take Beauvais, who stands out in a rich jewel tone velvet gown. We think this trend is a luxe alternative to the winter white theme that's oh-so-popular, and is one that is sure to make you stand out as you make the rounds during holiday fetes.

Of course, you also can't go wrong with a LBD in the soft fabric. And whether you want a sexy look à la Anthony's long-sleeved mini or a more casual boho chic number like Richie's roomy kaftan, versatile velvet pretty much has you covered.

More adventurous gals can find style inspiration from one of our fave fashion risk-takers, Whitney Port, who stands out in a pair of chic crushed velvet pants. Why not try it as a warmer alternative to denim and a unique way to punch up your winter wardrobe?

What do you think of this winter trend?

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