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There’s a fine line between looking fancy and wearing fancy dress when it comes to wearing a velvet jacket. You won’t want to turn up at your Christmas do looking like Austin Powers, so it’s important to get the right cut and the perfect amount of detail too.

But this year velvet has exploded on many of the catwalk shows. Whether it’s on shoes, trousers, scarves or simple details like a jacket lapel, velvet trends are taking men’s and women’s fashion by storm.

Men’s velvet jackets should be thought of as the cooler brother to the smoking jacket or tuxedo. If you wear it right, it will bring a bit of Hollywood glamour to any outfit. It’s the perfect party piece for that special Christmas meal, the office party, or your New Year’s Eve night out. If you get the cut and style right, it will be a classic staple in your wardrobe. Despite it being on the trend radar this year, you’ll wear this investment item for years to come.

We’ll take you through how you can wear a stylish velvet blazer from H&M, whether you’re looking to dress it up or dress it down. And what’s more, the jacket costs less than £50*!

The smart way to wear your velvet jacket

Blazer and White Shirt

1. Slim-fit velvet tuxedo jacket, H&M, £49.99

2. White shirt, Primark, £8

3. Skinny-fit suit trousers, H&M, £29.99

4. Oxford shoes, H&M (online exclusive), £29.99

This single-breasted jacket is a great timeless piece in rich blue. It will look fantastic paired with a simple white shirt and these black trousers with waistband detail. Match it with a simple black lace up shoe if you’re going to a classy party. If you choose to wear it with a bow tie, keep it simple – let the jacket do the talking, so no novelty or bright colours.

The casual smart way to wear your velvet jacket 

Blazer and Black Shirt

1. Slim-fit velvet tuxedo jacket, H&M, £49.99

2. Dark blue slim-fit jeans, Primark, £8

3. Navy crew neck t-shirt, Primark, £2

4. Dark blue trainers, H&M, £29.99

This is when you can experiment and get the most out of your velvet jacket. Pair it with dark jeans, a plain T-shirt and this smart trainer style shown here to look smart and on trend. Play around with the various parts and clothes you already own, but avoid clashing textures and patterns.

*Prices correct at time of writing – 15/11/16

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