Hear the words ‘velvet jacket’ and you’d be forgiven for imagining Hugh Hefner in his velvet smoking jacket, drifting through the grounds of the Playboy mansion with a busty blonde on each arm. But cast your prejudice aside. Recent fashion dictates have seen the velvet dinner jacket rise once more as a fashionable alternative to plain old woollen and cotton blazers, a stylish investment piece that lifts your classic suit jacket with rich texture. Men are showing up to black tie affairs in velvet tuxedos, and dressing velvet blazers down with a laid-back T-shirt and jeans for less formal moments.
Or accessorizing them with surly facial expressions, for a