Velvet Blazers – Perfect Look for Fancy Dudes Over the Holidays


Pucci designer Peter Dundas at The New York Ball

Holiday season is upon us and that means figuring out what to wear to all the fancy holiday parties. When I saw this photo of Peter Dundas, creative director at Emilio Pucci,  at a recent event in NYC, I was reminded of the eternal quality of a well-made and good looking velvet blazer. It’s such a classic and distinguished look. And like most classic pieces, you can spend a lot but it’s not necessary. Sure, you can spend thousands for an incredible Givenchy or Saint Laurent velvet blazer but you can also find nice ones more reasonably priced – both Zara and Scotch & Soda currently have great options. 

I’m a fan of the classic black velvet blazer because it’s timeless but if you’re a fancy dude who’s feeling a more adventurous, try a coloured one – dark jewel tones work best. Think midnight blue or dark purple. The key is to find one that fits well (slim fit for sure). A well-made velvet blazer also goes well paired with cool jeans and good looking white shirt. It’s just one of those wardrobe essentials that never goes out of style. Trust me, a well-fitting velvet blazer will make any dude feel like a fancy and dapper gent during the holiday season.


Scotch & Soda velvet blazer ($170); Polo Ralph Lauren slim-fit velvet blazer ($905); Reiss Jenson slim-fit velvet blazer ($570); PS by Paul Smith slim-fit velvet blazer ($960); Paul Smith London Byard velvet blazer ($1,175); Zara velvet blazer ($285).

To maximize the velvet blazer look, here are a few tips:

  • Generally they’re best worn with pants made of different material
  • They usually look best when paired with a crisp white shirt but a good looking black shirt can look chic with black velvet blazer too – very Saint Laurent
  • Bow ties are the perfect complement to velvet blazers
  • Black patent shoes are the best option for footwear
  • If you want to make it even dressier, wear a jeweled lapel pin for some extra fancy

Zara velvet blazer ($285); McQ Alexander McQueen slim-fit shirt ($280); Topman black dobby skinny trousers ($70); Lanvin bow tie lapel pin ($165); Lanvin silk satin bow ties ($165); Aldo Denver patent cap toe shoes ($140).

Photo of Peter Dundas above via 

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