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3 Ways to Rock a Velvet Jacket to Your Next Holiday Party

How to style the holiday party essential with everything from jeans to a bowtie.

Prada gray knit,turtleneck; Canali,burgundy Kei slim-fit,,cotton-velvet blazer;,Drake’s pocket square;,Brioni wool trousers; Bruno Magli Sassiolo leather oxford shoes. Photo: Joshua Scott for Robb Report

Velvet is not a fabric that is easily pegged as versatile—after all, it can instantly conjure up visions of dandies dressed to the nines or Hugh Hefner’s go-to louche loungewear. But when it comes to holiday party season, a velvet blazer cashes in some serious ROI. That’s because, if you pick the right style, you’ll be able to wear it with everything from your favorite pair of jeans to your sharpest pair of tuxedo trousers—nailing nearly even the most obscure dress codes on your holiday party circuit.

If you could use more convincing, we’ve hunted down the best three styles on the shelves this season, and broken down the best ways to wear them. Now all you need to do is remember to bring that bottle of bubbly.


Dress Code: Festive Cocktail

We wouldn’t blame you for shying away from red velvet. But we promise this Kei blazer (shown above, $1,480, available at Canali boutiques) from Canali—a velvet version of the Italian brand’s best-selling style—won’t make you look like Mr. Claus. By toning down the burgundy jacket with a sober grey turtleneck, subtly checked wool trousers, and traditional derby shoes done in an unexpected toned-down royal blue, you create a sophisticated, elegant look that’s still of-the-moment.

Turnbull & Asser,Marcella bib-front,dress shirt;,Boglioli cotton-velvet,tuxedo jacket; Giorgio,Armani grosgrain,bow tie;,Berluti pants; Stubbs &,Wootton velvet slippers.

Boglioli velvet blazer paired with elegant separates.  Photo: Joshua Scott for Robb Report



Dress Code: Black Tie

Stand out in the best way at black-tie events with this Boglioli midnight-blue cotton-velvet tuxedo jacket ($1,300, available at Boglioli boutiques) that looks the part without being too “look at me!” Style it as you would your go-to tux: with a crisp Turnbull & Asser dress shirt and a classic grosgrain bow tie. Play up the jacket’s lush texture (which will look especially good under twinkling party lights) with a pair of smoking slippers in a similarly rich black velvet.

Loro Piana Girocolo,Superlight babycashmere,sweater;,Tom Ford velvet Shelton,jacket; Ermenegildo,Zegna cashmere scarf; Acne,Studios straight-fit river,jeans; To Boot,New York Aldrich boots,in dark brown.

A casual take on Tom Ford’s Shelton jacket  Photo: Joshua Scott for Robb Report

Tom Ford

Dress Code: Smart Casual 

Choose a velvet in a more versatile color than black, and pair it with dark-wash denim for a more casual approach to the dressed up fabric. Here, a milk chocolate colorway loosens up Tom Ford’s classically sharp Shelton jacket ($3,440), allowing it to pair easily with Acne Studio’s straight-fit jeans. Punctuate the look with a pair of leather boots in a similarly rich brown, and throw on a cozy cashmere scarf to stay warm on any Christmas Day walks.

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