The holiday season is now in full swing and with it comes a host of social engagements, parties and festivities. With one of the year’s biggest parties just around the corner, deciding where to celebrate and which bubbly to toast with may be some of the year-end’s easier choices.

Deciding what to wear however seems to be somewhat more daunting. “Festive attire”, “Creative Black tie” and “Black Tie optional” are popping up more frequently on invitations leaving one in a quandary on how to finish the year off with a bang. The velvet blazer is the perfect option to handle this latest party fashion dilemma.

Today’s velvet blazer is quite versatile coming in a variety of styles, colors and patterns with fits ranging from the traditional to the slimmer modern cut. And since many designers and labels have incorporated velvet into their lines, these jackets are hitting all price points enabling them to accommodate most everyone’s budget.

The trick then becomes pulling off a look that will have you ringing in the New Year with style. From casual to “Black Tie Optional” the right jacket paired with some choices pieces will have you singing “Auld Lang Syne” with sophistication and grace. You might not be able to sing but at least you’ll be on the top of the best-dressed list.

Casual Look #1

The event says casual but you still want to make an impression. A blazer worn over a crisp white shirt is just the ticket. Add a pair of dark jeans and some statement high-tops and you’re ready for a night on the town. Feeling a little too dressy for the occasion? Dress down a little more with good t-shirt.

The Casual Look #2

Some of the nice qualities about the latest crop of velvet blazers are the patterns and textures that are currently available. Worn over a black shirt with black trousers, the jacket really becomes the focal point of the look. No tie is necessary, it would simply be a distraction.

The Festive Look

The occasion says festive so a brightly colored tie is par for the course. Stand out and own the night by coordinating your pants with a color from your tie. Slip on your blue velvet and you’re ready for the party.

The Creative Black Tie
Creative black tie allows the wearer to add his own style to this formal look. Bow ties can be substituted for ties and white tuxedo shirts can be swapped out for black. However, a shawl collared blazer in deep crimson paired with charcoal or black tuxedo pants definitely makes its own statement.

Black Tie Optional

For the traditionalist, black tie optional means black tie but affords others a chance to get away with wearing a dark suit. Wearing a black or midnight blue blazer with tuxedo pants along with a white tuxedo shirt and black bow tie keeps in the spirit of black tie. For additional flair, substitute the tuxedo pants with black watch tartan trousers.

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