Every which way I turn I see a velvet blazer and I'm sure if you've been anywhere near the shops, you will have too. If you've been tempted but don't really think you need something so formal.....well think again. They don't just need to be worn with a classic white shirt and bow tie for a formal event. Here are 5 different ways to wear one:
With a roll neck jumper
Particularly perfect around Christmas time to solve the problem of what to wear when the dress code says smart/casual. Go for a simple black or navy roll neck in a fine gauge knit to offset the richness of the velvet and wear with slim fit wool trousers or black or indigo jeans.
"Gladiator" slim velvet blazer in bright blue - Reiss £285 - £225
With a regular shirt and tie
When you want to add a dapper dash to your outfit, switch up your regular blazer for a velvet one. If you want to be a little more casual, look for a jacket with plain lapels as opposed to satin faced ones. This deep plum colour would work well with a pale blue shirt and navy knitted tie.
Plum velvet "Caine" jacket - Simon Carter - £395
With a printed shirt
It's party time! And if you have a party to go to on New Year's Eve this outfit will get you in the mood! If you don't fancy floral, then a spot or geometric print will do the job just as nicely.
Slim fit sky blue velvet blazer - Paul Smith - £575
With a crew neck and jeans
The lighter colour of this jacket lends it a more casual slant to it, so go with the flow and wear a cream crew neck underneath and a vintage patterned silk scarf to give it an off beat boho vibe. Finish the look with jeans or cords.
Limited Edition slim fit beige velvet blazer - Massimo Dutti - £179
With white dress shirt and bow tie
And, not forgetting the classic look. If you attend many events throughout the year and fancy a change from your regular tuxedo then a bottle green velvet blazer will do the trick. Wear with plain black trousers or if you really want to go for it, try a Black Watch tartan pair.
Green velvet blazer - Hackett - £550