Few things rival the unmistakable luxury of pure velvet, and for AW14's party season, nowhere is the fabric more relevant than when worn on a blazer. In this week's Menswear Diaries, we show you how to wear men's velvet blazers in many different ways.

Sartorially inextricable with the festive season and its slew of social occasions, the velvet blazer comes into its own at the end of each year, and perhaps provides the sole time when this unmistakably luxurious and tactile fabric becomes a requisite part of a man's wardrobe.

Though - as our AW14 offering attests - we're sold on the charms of this plush icon of menswear, for many the design is met with trepidation, due in part to the lack of frequency with which the fabric is drawn upon for menswear. To that end, below we show you how to dress the velvet blazer to suit your own style and demonstrate its surprising versatility. Whether dressed up or given a more casual spin, in short for AW14 the velvet blazer is the most important piece of partywear to be seen in.


Though the velvet blazer may most often be worn with the most formal of accessories and accompanying pieces, try taking the design into - slightly - more relaxed territory by swapping a shirt and bow tie for a T-shirt and formal scarf.



Make sure that your velvet blazer is aptly accessorised by opting for a black slim-fit tie, and don't forget those final flourishes which this season come in the formal of elegant metallic accessories.


The velvet blazer's opulent formality is undeniable, so capitalise on the fabric's luxurious finish and wear with the most formal of sartorial companions. For this stick to a black bow tie, shoes and trousers worn with a white bib pleat shirt.