Anyone who watched the BBC1 Sports Personality of the Year last night, could not have failed to see our very own Bradley Wiggins, decked out in a fabulous velvet suit, which I have to say is bang on trend this season! Looking every inch the glamourous sixties rock star, instead of the Tour de France cycling and Olympic champion that he is, Bradley encompassed an old school mod fashion that owes its roots to groups such as the New Faces and The Who. Decked out in a double breasted, blue velvet suit, Bradley certainly rocked his signature style and looked a cut above the rest of the sporting celebrities. But you don’t have to have won a few cycling tournaments to copy Bradley’s style, just check out our guide of the best velvet jackets below:
Gucci Velvet Blazer – £1,530
Though velvet traditionally appears in evening attire, this Gucci blazer is softly structured in a dark brown shade, making it an ideal way to bring texture to your weekend outfits. The classic patch pockets and notch lapels will keep you looking elegant while off-duty. Layer a cable-knit sweater underneath at weekend lunches, or add a silk scarf and cotton shirt as you head for dinner.
Lanvin Slim-Fit Velvet Blazer – £1,420
Master Lanvin’s uncomplicated take on luxury with this clean-lined velvet blazer. This elegant jacket is cut for a slim fit with structured shoulders to ensure a sharp silhouette. Wear it with the matching trousers and a crisp white shirt to make a dashing impression.
Alexander McQueen Slim-Fit Plaid Velvet Suit Jacket – £1,295
Sharply cut and softly structured, this Alexander McQueen suit jacket is the epitome of tailored elegance. The dapper black, brown and dark blue plaid exudes just the right balance of old-school and contemporary charm, and will look particularly stylish worn with the matching trousers. Add a silk bow tie for after-dark flair.
Dolce & Gabbana Collarless Slim-Fit Velvet Suit Jacket – £1,315
Louche opulence is the name of the game at Dolce & Gabbana this season, and what better way to invest in the look than with this compelling collarless suit jacket. Tailored from fine green velvet woven from a blend of cotton and silk, this slim-fitting piece has a luxurious depth of colour and texture. Contrasting lapels and rope-trimmed pockets finish off the masterful construction.
Burberry London Slim-Fit Velvet Blazer £1,010
Small details make all the difference when it comes to tailored outfits. This sharp, slim-fitting Burberry London blazer is cut from supremely fine velvet in a sophisticated shade of deep, dark blue that will set your look apart. Wear it during the day with a white shirt and jeans, adding a printed silk pocket square and black tailored trousers for after-dark elegance. This item is small to size, take the next size up.
Burberry Prorsum Slim-Fit Velvet Blazer – £995
Transform your eveningwear with a shot of opulent colour in Burberry Prorsum’s assuredly refined slim-cut velvet blazer. There’s no need to cover up this stand-out piece on your way to dinner, its light quilting will provide streamlined insulation.
Gucci Dylan Velvet Blazer – £1,580
In a confident shade of rust-brown, this velvet Gucci blazer is your ticket to assured off-duty style. While the fabric is often worn in the evening, we suggest you dress this cover-up down during the daytime with a rollneck sweater in a contrasting shade of blue or green for gentlemanly flair.