The Velvet Blazer: Around Town

A velvet blazer is a staple of evening attire, especially during the winter festive season. And while it may conjure images of a black tie event or sipping a fine scotch in a comfortable leather chair next to a warm fireplace, don’t discount it as a piece that can also be worn casually during the day. A few weeks ago I posted a video preview featuring a black velvet blazer three ways. As promised, here’s the first in a series of posts on how to wear a velvet blazer.

Velvet Blazer Around Town - He Spoke Style

The key to wearing a velvet blazer casually, is to style it in such a way that it is completely out of its usual or assumed context. Start breaking it out of the black tie and evening wear mold by pairing it with some worn in jeans and a patterned shirt. We usually talk about using a blazer to dress up denim, but in this case we’re using the denim to dress down the blazer. And a patterned shirt will draw some attention away from the the fabric. Two easy ways to style a velvet blazer differently that also showcases a some great contrasting textures and patterns.

Velvet Blazer Around Town - He Spoke Style

A velvet blazer definitely isn’t a daily wear type of garment. Throw one on anytime you’re in the mood for something just a bit different and distinctive.

Velvet Blazer Around Town - He Spoke Style

Velvet Blazer Around Town - He Spoke Style

Velvet Blazer Around Town - He Spoke Style

This Look: Black velvet blazer c/o Banana Republic (similar ON SALE here, also check out this slick double-breasted version) – Black gingham shirt by Express (similar) – Selvedge denim jeans by A.P.C. (New Standard) – Black patterned pocket square c/o Banana Republic – Burgundy leather belt c/o ASOS – Watch with black leather strap by Timex – Sunglasses by Ray-Ban (Clubmaster) – Burgundy shoes c/o ASOS

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.

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  • Igal Reysher

    Very Classic, love It.


    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, as always, Igal.

  • Oliver

    Those Apc’s are looking great Brian. How many washes have they had & how old are they, out of interest? Thanks

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Oliver. They’re nearly three years old and have around 10-15 washes.

  • Serote Fernandez

    can i wear a velvet blazer to lunch at a fancy restaurant

    • Brian Sacawa

      Nothing that says you can’t. I think it would be a little more appropriate to take it out of its evening wear context around the holidays. At least, then, there’s some kind of celebratory feeling around wearing it, even if it’s not at night. For lunch at a fancy restaurant at this time of year, I’d probably stick to something classic and basic, like a well-tailored navy blazer instead of a velvet one. Thanks for reading, Serote.

    • Mens

      Yes sure you can wear a velvet blazer for lunchs . such attire goes great for evenings and informal occassions. Style it with a good pair of denims and shoes. Catch the whole look at

  • Bala Abinesh

    I am planning to wear a casual velvet blazer with jean for a evening function..and inner as V-neck For black velvet blazer with pant will suite?? Also give some idea for casual velvet Blazer combination..???? thanks in advance

  • Contempo Suits

    Wearing a velvet blazer in a casual manner reminds me of the look that people were wearing with the Melton blazer from the early 1990s except that those were worn with cowboy boots. Now velvet blazers come in all sorts of styles fro your basic 2 button look to the more tuxedo jacket style.