1 look, 4 ways: Nail the velvet trend

By: Julia McEwen

No longer reserved for black-tie affairs, the velvet blazer is this season's signature piece for any occasion. Author: Canadian Living


1 look, 4 ways: Nail the velvet trend

By: Julia McEwen

"If I need an ensemble that's equal parts polished and casual, I pair my black velvet blazer with a crisp white tee, slim jeans and suede pumps," says Julia McEwen, Canadian Living's fashion and beauty director. Here are four ways to wear a velvet blazer this season.

The trend:
Topshop velvet blazer, $115,

1. Office supplies

Pantsuits not your style? Try a blazer and tweed trousers with an achitectural tote. The feminine flourishes balance the masculine elements.

Blouse, $100, Booties, $130, Pants, $110, Bag, $360, Ring, $25,

2. Lunch date
Rich colours look best when paired with an equally opulent hue, like the emerald green of this blazer. The plush material ups the luxe factor.

Printed pants, $110, Fedora, $20, Topshop top, $70, Booties, $130, Watch, $85,

3. Party perfection
Strike a bold note at your next festive bash by partnering a fancy frock with this swish velvet topper. Keep things shining with gilded accessories.

Bracelet, $12, Earrings, $20, Dress, $649, Clutch, $45, Shoes, $80,

4. Weekend ease

Layer a sophisticated blazer over a casual black hoodie. The juxtaposition is unexpected yet cohesive.

Dress, $60, Tuque, $50, Sneakers, $28, Hoodie, $50,

Read more:
11 stylish winter boots
How to accessorize your winter coat
20+ flattering little black dresses for every shape

This article was originally published in our January 2016 issue.

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1 look, 4 ways: Nail the velvet trend