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Trend Alert: Velvet boyfriend blazer at Paul Smith

This season is all about the statement jacket, according to Balmain, Karl Lagerfeld, Dior and of course Chanel. Whether with angular, structured shoulders as at Christophe Decarnin’s autumn/winter 2009/2010 and spring/summer 2010 collections for Balmain or delicate frayed, classic tweed offerings a la Chanel don’t let the cold weather make you forgo the sweet, chic jacket for a hefty coat. In fact, it’s best to layer up, a slinky blazer jacket can easily fit under a warm woolen coat and better still looks sharper and edgier over a little black dress than a cardi would do.

Paul Smith’s blazer has a boyfriend-shape, which means it’s cut slightly looser for a modern effect. The longer length is super flattering, especially worn over skinny trousers. The luxe black velvet also makes it impeccably on-trend for  this season, whilst remaining a classic piece that will work with most items in your wardrobe. The skinny lapel and two button single-breasted cut give this jacket that rock edge that Paul Smith is rightly known for. All together now, “she wore black velvet…”

Shown above: Velvet boyfriend blazer £319 Paul Smith