No longer reserved for black-tie affairs, the velvet blazer is this season's signature piece for any occasion.
"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, thebay.com
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, winners.ca. Booties, $130, aldoshoes.com. Pants, $110, bananarepublic.ca. Bag, $360, eccocanada.com. Ring, $25, tristanstyle.com.
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, bananarepublic.ca. Fedora, $20, winners.ca. Topshop top, $70, thebay.com. Booties, $130, winners.ca. Watch, $85, timex.ca.
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, joefresh.com. Earrings, $20, express.com. Dress, $649, tedbaker.com. Clutch, $45, lechateau.com. Shoes, $80, lechateau.com.
4. Weekend ease
Layer a sophisticated blazer over a casual black hoodie. The juxtaposition is unexpected yet cohesive.
Dress, $60, hm.com/ca. Tuque, $50, aritzia.com. Sneakers, $28, oldnavy.ca. Hoodie, $50, joefresh.com.
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This article was originally published in our January 2016 issue.
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