One Piece, Two Ways: How to style a velvet blazer

It's an office staple every woman has in her closet, whether she's worn it recently or not: a luxe velvet blazer. And while it's easy to pair the silky topper with trousers and a blouse during the work week, your velvet blazer is far more versatile than you thought!

We found so much inspiration in Sarah Jessica Parker's blazer stylings, pairing her oversized versions in deep blue and black with party dresses and simple jeans-and-a-t-shirt looks.

But our jacket of choice this season? A tuxedo-style, fitted variety that's just as flexible but has an eye-catching lapel for the holidays.

Fashion Editor Ally Dean takes a wardrobe essential - the velvet blazer - and shows you how to turn it into a holiday must-have in the video below, whether you're attending a party and want to add a hint of luxury to your ensemble or popping out for a weekend brunch.

Feminine Look:
Ted Baker Velvet Blazer
Zara skirt
Joe Fresh sweater
Gap belt
Banana Republic clutch

Masculine Look:
Ted Baker Velvet Blazer
Gap shirt
Joe Fresh pants
H&M hat

Video: Laura Lanktree
Production: Rebecca Perrin
Styling: Ally Dean
Styling Assistant: Alexandra Donaldson
Model: Model: Claire Oleson

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