The Velvet Jacket: His New Go-To for the Holidays

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Velvet, a long-favored holiday party staple, is the biggest trend we’re swooning over this season—whether it’s in the form of a choker, a slip dress or shoes. Translation: it’s pretty hard not to be obsessed! So why not have your guy get in on the trend too? With a calendar full of holiday parties, it’s officially the most wonderful time of year for him to sport a velvet jacket. Here’s a few tips on how to wear it…

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It’s more versatile than you think. For a more formal evening, pair your jacket with slim-cut trousers, a crisp button-down, patent leather shoes—and voila!—outfit complete. Going the casual route? Dress it down with dark denim, a plain-yet-fitted tee and Chelsea boots, and you’ve got yourself a festive look for the holiday season.

Fit is everything. Cut is imperative for any article of clothing, but especially when it comes to trickier fabrics like velvet because it’s textured and shiny, making it harder to wear. Opt for snug, not skinny or too wide; ill-fitting pieces will leave you looking frumpy, not sophisticated. And remember, no wrinkles.

Consider it an investment piece. Timeless colors mean you’ll be wearing your new purchase for the long haul, particularly considering the fabric is a statement on its own. Black, burgundy, navy or even a deep green are a safe bet to looking dapper long after the mistletoe is gone.

Details, details, details. Take the trend one step further with velvet accessories, like bow ties, cuff links or pocket squares for another touch of luxe. Yes, velvet on velvet can be done.

Shop the look: Lauren Ralph Lauren velvet sport coat; Alfani slim fit dress shirt; Ryan Seacrest Distinction Black Plaid Cufflinks; Tommy Hilfiger Solid To-Tie Bow Tie; Calvin Klein Men’s Edison Plain Toe Oxfords; Lauren Ralph Lauren reversible dress belt; Bar III White Elephant Print Pocket Square

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