18 December 2011

The Velvet Blazer in Dapper Monochrome

For formal occasions you have the dinner jacket, but what about those other Christmas gatherings?
Try the velvet blazer – this looks cool and elegant with dress pants and a crisp white shirt, but can also look hot and stylish worn with jeans or chinos.
Velvet is a luxurious fabric originally made from silk, worn by the rich elite and associated with royalty. But now velvet can be made with more affordable fabrics such as cotton and rayon.  Cotton velvet has a softer sheen and is more durable so great for the velvet blazer.

Charles Tyrwhitt two button jacket is 100% cotton with peak lapels, natural corozo working buttons and fully lined.  Promotional price of £159 (was £320)
Available at Charles Tyrwhitt stores and online www.ctshirts.co.uk
The jacket is worn with the purple & blue stripe St James casual semi fitted cotton shirt and dress trousers. Shirt price: Was £80 now a promotional price of £29.95 

Like life, not everything is black and white for monochrome.  There is the grey area for a softer look. Great for those of you who find black too harsh against the skin or just too dramatic.

The Silver velvet jacket from Austin Reed  AR Cut range gives an understated smooth and sophisticated look.
Fabric: 100% fine Italian cotton, it features one button fastening, notch lapel and slanted flap pockets.
Price £375 Available from www.austinreed.co.uk
Create a more casual look with grey jeans or chinos and t-shirt.

Keep monochrome with a black and white or grey printed tee such as Energie Dabber T shirt.
 Price £34. Available from Energie store 31 Great Marlborough Street, just off Carnaby Street, London or online www.energie.it

Add a Boltz tag pendant in slate and silver from Storm watches. Price £69.99 Available from www.stormwatches.com
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