Call it shapeshifting or multitasking — a great jacket can be measured by the number of ways you wear it. Enter this season's velvet blazer. Whether it's chic and classy or retro and flirty, we test out our favorite new jacket with three killer outfits. The result? Well, see for yourself...
Master The Day Date
The day date is a tricky thing — it's all about finding that perfect marriage of looking slightly polished, and, a the same time, a little bit undone. Our solution? Throw your new jacket over a simple, striped sleeveless dress, a leather tote, and the perfect slip-on sandal. Très bien.
Diane von Furstenberg Feriha Velvet Blazer, $400, available at NET-A-PORTER; Oliver Peoples Annaliesse, $365, available at Oliver Peoples; T by Alexander Wang Stripe Linen Dress, $120, available at La Garconne; TENOVERTEN® for J.Crew Nail Polish (in Prince), $12, available at J.Crew; Rachel Comey Tote Clutch, $243, available at TENOVERSIX; Zara Bio Sandal, $79.90, available at Zara.
Join The Explorers Club
Think your new blazer is way too dressy to wear with sneaks? Think again. Pair it with slouchy, tapered denim, a boxy knit sweater, and a fresh pair of Nikes for a Saturday morning trip to the downtown flower market, or on your next mission to Oxnard for perfect strawberries.
Diane von Furstenberg Feriha Velvet Blazer, $400, available at NET-A-PORTER; Ax+Apple Jackson Turquoise Ring, $122, available at Ax+Apple; R13 Slouchy Skinny Jean, $325, available at La Garconne; C.O. Bigelow Magenta Mint Mentha Shimmer Tint, $12.19, available at colette; A Peace Treaty Shash Scarf, $360, available at TENOVERSIX; rib & hull Hunter Green XL Oversized Pouch, $121, available at Boticca; Topshop Knitted Rib Curve Hem Crop Jumper, $70, available at Topshop; Nike Free 3.0 Women's Running Shoe, $110, available at Nike.
Succumb To A Crazy Schedule
Living in L.A. takes a little extra planning in order to avoid feeling constantly frazzled. If you've got a day of appointments and meetings, driving all the way home just to change outfits before heading to friend's birthday dinner will likely make you embarrassingly late. But, if you head out for the day wearing a tailored, velvet blazer, perfectly fitted colorful trousers, and some funky-fresh loafers, you'll have no need to make the extra, annoying trip home for a costume change. In fact, we bet you'll be the best dressed person at the party.
Diane von Furstenberg Feriha Velvet Blazer, $400, available at NET-A-PORTER; Luv Aj The Mini Punk Stud Charm Necklace, $40, available at Luv Aj; Osman Check Brocade Trousers, $280, available at Matchesfashion.com; Dior Plastic Cat's-Eye Sunglasses, $315, available at Saks; Liebeskind Slam Clutch, $78, available at Shopbop; Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm (in Unapologetic), $6.49, available at Target; Organic by John Patric Stripe Roll Sleeve Tee, $94, available at La Garconne; Ralph Lauren Collection Quintessa Plaid Smoking Slippers, $198, available at Saks.