One of the best things about winter dressing is the variety in fabric and texture - as if to make up for the cold, the fashion Gods gave us fur (faux or real), wool tartan, mohair and cashmere knits, and luxurious velvet and velveteen.
The feature from 1950 below says, "Velvet is the word that spells enchantment this winter - a bewitching fabric that brings out the deeply-lying richness of a woman's charm. It makes her eyes sparkle, her complexion glow, her hair gleam - there never was such a flatterer, especially in the evening when it looks its elegant best under artificial light..."
"You must judge carefully when it is best to use cotton velveteen or corduroy, or when rayon or pure silk velvet will give you the best results." Traditionally velvet and velveteen have been most popular for evening wear, but can also be worn during the day. It lends itself well to loungewear, or as accents - collars and buttons, for example, or "a plain afternoon frock will sparkle with life if you give it a velvet cummerbund."