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.
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.
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.
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
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