Velvet is one of my favorite holiday fabrics. This woven cloth of silk, cotton or nylon is beautiful, and soft to the touch. The material tends to lean in a more formal direction, however you can make it informal by simply pairing it with more casual pieces. For today’s outfit of the day I paired this fabulous long sleeve midi dress with a patch-work utility jacket. The military style of the jacket makes the look more relaxed by introducing a casual element to the outfit. Because the jacket is a strong statement piece, I decided to introduced more classic pieces to the outfit. The introduction of these items make the look chic. The juxtaposition of masculine and feminine make this look perfect for the holidays, and the ultimate street-chic outfit of the day.