When I ordered this item I was expecting more of a party dress. If that is what you are looking for then this is not for you. It is in fact a knitted dress, not too heavy but not really a dressy item. The word velour is a little deceptive as only the sleeves and top are patterned and a knitted pattern not a velvet material. It was not what I was originally looking for but as with all Lands End clothing it is well made and great quality / value for money so I kept the dress as I know I will wear it in cold weather next year.