Though the jacket story of the year has been the boyfriend blazer, the onset of winter is seeing a new top layer coming to the forefront: the velvet jacket. Miles away from the buttoned-up look of, say, a Masterpiece Theater host or the comfy-casual feel of Juicy Couture velour, the latest styles borrow from the swanky swagger of Hugh Hefner in his heyday, with a feminine, city-cool update.
Adding a tactile taste to the season’s go-to slouchy tee and distressed jeans, Elizabeth and James’s Loveworn blazer is effortlessness with a plush edge. The Leyendecker Motley jacket’s rich hue only adds to the natural decadence of velvet. Take it out on the town with a body-con tank, layered chain necklaces, and leather pants. Gryphon’s smoking jacket comes in fashion’s current color obsession, grey, and while it works with the daytime look, this one lends a unique sense of luxury to a strapless mini dress and heels—a perfect holiday party ensemble.