Despite a few distant murmurings in the fashion world over the past few holiday seasons, velvet is something that we really have not seen trending on the runways in quite some time. Sure, those of us who are old enough to have come of age in the 80s and 90s have a very strong recollection of the heavy velvet dresses of the 80s, or perhaps even the stretch crushed velvet babydoll smocks of the 90s grunge scene. However, this holiday season velvet appears to be making an honest to goodness comeback, and this time, it's not just in the hearts and minds of a select few designers.

Granted, if you're like me, you will probably treat this trend with more than a hint of caution. After all, those of us who were around for the Great Velvet Takeover of the 80s and 90s probably still have some pretty strong memories of sweating it out in restaurants and clubs underneath our rather stiff velvet jackets and bustiers. However, fellow velvet skeptics can take heart. This time around, there are some offerings that are at once classic, sophisticated, and have the kind of staying power you want. This season, it's all about the velvet investment bag. Here, we've selected two of our favorites that we know you're going to love.

The Saint Laurent Kate Bag - $2,300

Saint Laurent's Kate bag has been wildly popular this holiday season, and for good reason. With all the classic touches of a chain handle flap bag, this classic design with its gold accessories is everything we have always loved about velvet, without any of the hassle of wearing it. While the price point keeps it from being on our list of more accessible holiday bags, this is actually more of a "keep forever" bag, and will undoubtedly grace your going-out wardrobe for years to come.

The Prada Leather-Trimmed Cahier Bag - $2,400

Prada has been making their popular Cahier bags for a while now, and the massive popularity of the leather-trimmed velvet version of the bag is certainly no mystery to us. One part practical, one part luxury, this bag has the kind of masculine edge of the Chanel Boy Bag, with a heavy dose of velvety jewel-toned femininity.