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15 Best Outfit Ideas for How to Wear a Velvet Blazer

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I’ve been hunting for a black velvet blazer for a few years and finally found one! A velvet blazer is classy, timeless, and polished. It’s so very Ralph Lauren. I have a designer crush on all things Ralph Lauren, and classic equestrian style is my love language. Today, as I often do, I went to the Ralph Lauren website for outfit inspiration. And on the home page was a black velvet blazer outfit. Ralph and I are kindred spirits. 

To say I had fun putting together these looks was an understatement. In this post, you’ll see 15 outfits. That’s five more than I was planning to share. It just goes to show that a black velvet blazer can be worn in so many different ways! You may think they only work for evening wear and holiday party season, but you can also include them in your work wardrobe and even dress them down for unexpected chic casual looks. 

What goes well with a velvet blazer?

Pair your velvet blazer with velvet pants for a full velvet suit. Wear it over sequin tops or metallic tops for a pop of shine during the party season. Layer it over a button-down shirt and trousers or jeans for the office. Try a black tank top and leather pants for an edgy look for a holiday happy hour. Wear it with a white tee, blue jeans, and sneakers for a casual outfit. Pair it with neutral colors like white, cream, and gray, or brighter colors or pastels to contrast the velvet.

I’m here to be your style guide. Let’s dive into looking at velvet blazer outfits! Starting with a chic midi dress look. 

1. With a tan midi dress, ankle-wrap pumps, and a brown belt bag

This tan midi sweater dress from Target, of all places, comes together with a black velvet blazer to create a super sophisticated look. The black ankle-wrap pumps are classic. And the brown belt bag from Banana Republic Factory brings all the equestrian vibes. Black heels play off the black blazer, making it feel grounded in the look. I’m so obsessed. 

With a tan midi dress, ankle wrap pumps, and a brown belt bag

Blazer | Shoes | Bag | Dress

2. With a white crewneck top, white sneakers, and a brown belt bag

It’s easy to create elevated casual outfits with your velvet blazer. Keep it simple by pairing it with a white top, jeans, and white sneakers. I added the brown belt bag because I love the contrast of brown leather with this velvet. 

With a white crewneck top, white sneakers, and a brown belt bag

Blazer | Sneakers | Bag | Top | Jeans

3. With a metallic blouse, black jeans, and ankle-wrap pumps

If you have a metallic top like this gold metallic blouse, it works perfectly under a velvet blazer. The mixture of textures makes a visually interesting look. Wearing raw hem kick crop jeans adds an unexpected laid-back feel. Ankle strap pumps create an interesting juxtaposition next to the casual jeans. 

With a metallic blouse, black jeans, and ankle wrap pumps

Blouse | Blazer | Jeans Shoes | Bag

4. With a black and tan striped shirt, black jeans, ankle-wrap pumps, and a brown belt bag

I love this outfit idea. This tan and black striped shirt looks so good with this black velvet blazer! You can totally wear stripes with black velvet. It creates a rich look, especially paired with these ankle wrap pumps. Choosing dark jeans that are black rather than black pants makes a laid-back feel. I’ll also wear this outfit with black loafers. 

With a black and tan striped shirt, black jeans, ankle wrap pumps, and a brown belt bag

BlazerShoes | Bag |  Jeans | Shirt

5. With a blue striped ruffle-neck button down, black jeans, black ankle-wrap pumps, and a brown belt bag

This striped ruffle-neck button-down is another of my latest obsessions. Pair any blue striped shirt with this velvet blouse to create a preppy and rich look. Leave it untucked, and you make visual interest by having varied lengths between the blazer and shirt. This is another look that I’d wear with black loafers, too. 

With a blue striped ruffle neck button down, black jeans, black ankle wrap pumps, and a brown belt bag

Shirt | Blazer | JeansShoes | Bag

6. With a cream blouse, wide-leg jeans, and black ankle boots

A cream blouse looks gorgeous with black velvet. It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but this cream blouse has pleats on the front, a high neck, and a bit of a Boho feel. Even with a Boho vibe, it looks so darn good with the blazer! Wide-leg jeans have an elevated feeling thanks to the full legs. And black pointy-toe ankle boots and a black belt pull the look together. 

With a cream blouse, wide-leg jeans, and black ankle boots

Blazer | Similar Ankle Boots | Belt | Bag | Jeans

7. With a black tank top, black coated jeans, and black ankle boots

A monochrome black outfit is one of the easy ways to wear your velvet blazer. And it is anything but boring, thanks to all the fabric textures of the velvet jacket and coated jeans. Who knew a velvet blazer could look a little bit edgy! 

With a black tank top, black coated jeans, and black ankle boots

Blazer | Similar Ankle Boots | Belt | Bag | Coated Jeans

8. With a navy sweater, dark wash flare jeans, and pointy-toe ankle-wrap pumps

Navy and black are so chic together! Create a column of navy with a navy top and dark wash jeans, and throw your velvet blazer over the top for a sleek and stylish look. 

With a navy sweater, dark wash flare jeans, and pointy-toe ankle wrap pumps

Jeans | Blazer | Bag | Shoes | Similar Light Sweater

9. With a cream ruffle-neck turtleneck, blue jeans, and ankle-wrap pumps

Ruffle-neck shirts are very popular with me right now. This is a simple cream, black, and denim look that’s anything but boring, thanks to the little details like my favorite, comfortable ankle wrap pumps, a gold necklace with pearl bauble, and a black and gold belt buckle.

With a cream ruffle-neck turtleneck, blue jeans, and ankle wrap pumps

Similar Earrings | Similar Necklace | Blazer | Jeans | Belt | Shoes | Bag | Turtleneck

10. With a striped ruffle-neck button-down, green vest, flare jeans, and rhinestone ankle-wrap pumps

Wearing a pop of color with your velvet blazer gives a fun twist to your look. This outfit is preppy from the striped ruffle-neck blue button-down shirt and the green vest. But it’s also so festive, thanks to the pointy-toe satin shoes with rhinestones and this rhinestone clutch bag, which are both Amazon finds. They look amazing with this velvet blazer! Try solid colors, especially gem tones, with your velvet blazer. 

With a  Striped Ruffle-Neck Button-Down, Green Vest, Flare Jeans, and rhinestone ankle wrap pumps

Heels | Bag | Earrings | Shirt | Blazer | Sweater Vest

11. With a chambray shirt, blue jeans and black Adidas

Here’s another look that’s elevated casual. I’m pairing a chambray collared shirt with blue jeans and black Adidas sneakers that play off the black of the velvet jacket. Skip a belt for a more laid-back vibe. 

With a chambray shirt, blue jeans and black Adidas

Blazer | Similar Chambray Shirt | Jeans | Adidas

12. With a red plaid shirt, flare jeans, and black ankle boots

Nothing captures the holiday season like a traditional and nostalgic red plaid shirt. And wearing red plaid with a black velvet blazer makes for a festive look. There are some yummy red plaid shirts out there. You may even find one with a black matching velvet bow tie. This one is old from J.Crew Factory, but I love it so much and will never get rid of it. 

With a Red Plaid Shirt, Flare Jeans, and black ankle boots

Earrings | Blazer | Jeans | Belt | Similar Ankle Boots | Bag | Similar Blouse

13. With a Blackwatch plaid button-down, kick-crop jeans, and black loafers

Here’s an elevated smart casual look if your office dress code allows jeans. With its moody dark shades, the Blackwatch plaid looks so good with black velvet. A black belt with a gold buckle ties the look together.

With a Blackwatch Plaid Button-Down, Kick-Crop Jeans, and black loafers

Blazer | Jeans | Shirt | Earrings | Blazer Belt | Loafers | Bag

14. With a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black Adidas sneakers

Pairing a gray casual sweatshirt and jeans with a black velvet sweatshirt creates an interesting juxtaposition of elevated and casual pieces. The black Adidas pull in the black of the blazer.  

With a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black Adidas sneakers

Blazer | Similar Sweatshirt | Jeans | Adidas

15. With a black shirt, flare jeans, and black satin rhinestone pumps

This is one of the best ways to wear your velvet blazer. All-black with jeans is a great option and an elegant look that always works. Flare jeans with a dark wash and long length create an elevated vibe with this velvet blazer and black top. If the dress code calls for formal attire, it’s a good idea to swap out the jeans and wear plain black trousers instead. Pull the look together with a sparkly statement necklace, earrings, a rhinestone embellished bag, and ankle-wrap pumps with a rhinestone buckle. Add a silk scarf for an extra pop of visual interest. 

With a Black Shirt, Flare Jeans, and black satin rhinestone pumps

Earrings | Similar Necklace | Heels | Bag | Blazer | Jeans | Blouse

Whatever you wear, a velvet blazer makes the rest of your outfit come alive! Experiment with dressing it up and down, and have fun with trying new combinations.

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Hi, Friend. I'm Marya. I'm so glad you're here!

I’m here to help women feel good inside and out through approachable everyday style inspiration and encouragement for midlife. Once upon a time, I worked as a therapist and coach. Now, I’m a holistic style blogger studying style coaching! Be So You celebrates leaning into who we were meant to be! 

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Fit Note: I’m midsized at 5’6″, 160 pounds, with size 12 jeans.

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