Sparkle into all your Holiday Parties, Pt. 2 (velvet luxe)

Happy Wednesday friends and welcome to part II of my mini Holiday dressing series. In case you missed part I, I am sharing some holiday party style secrets in a 3 part series to ensure you are ready to make the most of the party season while lookin your best (like a good galfriend would ;). The series focuses on adding 1 new festive piece to your exisiting wardrobe and finding ways to make it work with items you already own. I recently made a rather big (ok, huge for my typical budget) splurge on a fancy tailored velvet blazer during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. The second I saw this Alice + Olivia navy velvet tuxedo jacket I had to buy it. In August. Ludicrous, I know. But, in my defense I had a feeling velvet would be a big hit this holiday season and I was right.

Unfortunately if you love love love this jacket (I don’t blame ya, I do too) I can’t seem to hunt it down in the navy any longer, but fortunately for your wallet I have hunted down similar options at varying price points. I was lucky enough to score it on sale and if you’re good with ebay you may be able to luck out and find it there? I found it to run TTS and am wearing a size 2. It’s honestly perfection, even though for the last few months I have kept my eyes peeled for a less expensive alternative and have yet to find one I like better. And the key to a great velvet blazer (or rather any blazer) you may ask? The fit and the material. The fit has to be perfect for your body, feel tailored but never too tight and have enough cinching at the waist to be flattering over anything. The material should be a nice smooth velvet with a decent sheen to it without looking like you’ve been glazed like a donut. Some brands I love and respect for their cut and material (without breaking the bank) are: J. Crew (always on point with their fit), Madewell (great pieces and always on trend with the cuts and styles of each one), Topshop (hit every current trend out of the park and usually within a great price point). But feel free to play around and try different jackets on until you find a great one, there’s no shortage of beauties out there to currently choose from.

When I did make the initial purchase I had wondered how this piece would fit into my wardrobe and if it required purchasing additional pieces (definitely a no-go) or if I could easily grab bottoms and tops and dress it up and down. Luckily the jacket plays very well with others in my closet and I have already thought of infinite ways to dress it up for a Holiday party or “down” for a nice girls night out! For a holiday party I imagine it worn much like the above over all black, letting the jacket and bold lip do all the talking and attention grabbing. But for a fun evening over cocktails and dinner with the gals? I see it looking so great with a pair of fitted medium high waist jeans, black tee, and booties. So casual chic and basically just an updated, holiday worthy version of an everyday outfit formula.

Bottom line is, if you’ve been wondering what to wear this time of year, have holiday parties coming up and are scrambling or just want to up your wardrobe to feel more festive during the season – invest (even if it’s a small splurge) in a velvet blazer. I bet if you did every year around this time your wardrobe would thank you.

Can’t wait to share part III with you all! xo, Jules

J. Crew Parke Blazer // Madewell Lauren Blazer {I recently tried this one on and it runs atad large so order 1 size down} // Topshop Black Velvet Blazer // Zadig & Voltaire Velvet Blazer {40% off and boy is she a beaut!} // Joie Velvet Blazer {nearly identical style to mine, and by Joie – which in my book means a done deal!} // similar black lace camisole {mine is by Ganni from my fave local shop Haven} // Budget friendly Black Lace Camisole //

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