There's something elegant and luxurious about velvet that makes it a classic fabric for clothing. A velvet blazer is probably one of the most versatile velvet pieces that you can add to your closet since you can wear it during the day in professional settings or dress it up for a night out. The key is switching up the pants that you pair your jacket with -- but that doesn't mean you have to buy several new pairs. A velvet blazer can work with several types that you already have to create both sophisticated and sexy looks.
For a casual, everyday look, pair a velvet blazer with your favorite jeans. Wear a simple T-shirt or tank top with the blazer and a straight-leg jeans when you’re shopping or meeting friends. Add a pair of ballet flats and a silk scarf to complete the ensemble. You can also wear the jacket with skinny jeans and knee-high boots if you want a more sophisticated look. If you’re headed out for a night on the town, wear your velvet blazer with a silky camisole or satin tank top and dark-wash jeans. Finish your outfit with a peep-toe pumps or stilettos and a bold statement earrings for a little bling.
While a velvet blazer definitely has an elegant, dressed up-look, you can just as easily wear it to the office; simply pair the blazer with flat-front trousers from your favorite work suit. Add a fitted button-down blouse and pumps for a chic, polished look. If you really want to create a striking work-appropriate outfit, try a pair of tweed or herringbone trousers with your velvet jacket. The contrast between the smooth velvet and rougher fabric of the pants can help you stand out in any office meeting. Wear a simple cotton camisole or shell under the blazer, so your ensemble doesn't appear too busy.
Whether you’re headed out for a weekend shopping trip or meeting friends for drinks, your velvet blazer can work well with a pair of plain black leggings. If the jacket is long enough to cover your backside, leave it buttoned and wear a simple T-shirt under it. With a shorter blazer, though, you should opt for a long, loose silky blouse to give you a little extra coverage. Pair the blazer and leggings with ballet flats or ankle booties if you want a casual look. For an evening out, opt for knee-high, heeled boots instead.
If you’re wearing your blazer for a girl’s night out or a big date, try it with a pair of leather pants -- the contrast between the glam velvet and edgy leather is sure to turn heads. Wear a basic tank top under the jacket to keep the overall vibe simple. If you want your outfit to be a little more glam, try a lacy blouse or camisole under the blazer. Add pointy-toe pumps or wedge ankle booties and large hoop earrings for a bold, sexy look.
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Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
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