If a cardigan or jacket aren’t quite chic enough for your outfit, a bolero could be just what you’re looking for. Fitting snuggly over your shoulders, the elegant bolero is like a cropped jacket that comes in lots of gorgeous long-sleeved and short-sleeved styles.
If you’re heading to a formal event such as a wedding, a glamorous bolero in a matching taffeta puts the finishing touch on your outfit by covering your shoulders for cooler evenings. For less formal occasions, flattering wrap boleros have a tie detail that puts the emphasis on your waist. They also keep you warm while layering beautifully with your blouse or dress.
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Bolero jackets are sometimes known as shrugs, and both words refer to a cropped jacket that can reach as far as your waist. Many boleros and shrugs end at the bust, making them a striking alternative to traditional cardigans. Boleros tend to be more formal than shrugs, but both come in a huge variety of different styles to suit any occasion.
If you’re about to buy your first bolero, you might be wondering whether boleros are flattering to your figure. The great thing about boleros is that they suit any body shape, showing off your waist to best effect. They come in different lengths, so try a few and find a length that will flatter your figure; for example, shorter styles will make you seem taller.
Wondering how to wear boleros? They’re designed to be worn over other blouses or dresses, so good layering is key to styling a bolero. They’re also fantastic for covering your shoulders if you’re wearing a strapless top or camisole, looking chic at the same time as giving you some added warmth. That means they’re particularly suited to adding an extra pretty layer to a summer outfit in the cool of the evening.
Boleros are the perfect addition to your formal wear, as they add instant elegance to evening outfits. Choose a bolero that matches the colour of your dress if you’re heading to a wedding or posh dinner, and opt for embellishments like sequins for some added sparkle. For glamorous occasions, lacy boleros or faux fur collars fit the bill perfectly.
But they’re not just for a formal do - boleros can be worn with casual outfits as well, giving you a polished, fashionable look even when you’re just kicking back to relax. For a day out during the warm summer months, try layering a blue bolero jacket over a white camisole with white skinny jeans for an effortless casual look. Boleros look particularly good with maxi dresses, so layer up your floor-length summer dress with a cropped jacket to dress it up and go from beach to evening out.
Choose a bolero in a neutral colour if you’re looking for one that will go with anything. If you’d rather choose a statement piece, a striking print or an unusual design will give you the head-turning look you desire.