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The Duke of Cambridge attending the Earthshot Prize 2021Max Mumby/Indigo

As championed by the Duke of Cambridge not once but twice in recent weeks, the velvet blazer is having a moment. Firstly worn by the prince at the No Time To Die premiere paired with a white shirt and bow tie and then a bottle green version with a navy roll-neck at the Earthshot Prize Awards, the versatility of this wardrobe staple cements the piece as a must-have for the season.

If royal influence isn’t enough for you, though, the catwalks were rife with them too for AW21. Brioni and Brunello Cucinelli brought Italian excellence to brown velvet tailoring, Etro covered theirs with florals in muted hues and Dolce & Gabbana’s patchwork velvet suit was a big hit during Fashion Week earlier this year.

James Bond himself also approves of the style. Daniel Craig donned a pink double breasted velvet blazer from Anderson & Sheppard at the premiere of the latest bond instalment, and king of cool Jake Gyllenhaal followed suit in a dark green Bottega Veneta design days later at the premiere of The Lost Daughter.

Whether dressed up or down, textural tailoring is certainly the way to go as we head into party season. See below Tatler’s top picks of men’s velvet blazers.

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  • Gucci

    Slim-Fit Cotton-Blend Velvet Blazer

  • Etro

    Velvet paisley jacket

  • Saint Laurent

    Velvet blazer

  • Giorgio Armani

    Single-breasted stand-collar velvet blazer

  • Turnbull & Asser

    Navy single breasted smoking jacket


  • Etro

    Double-Breasted Printed Cotton-Blend Velvet Suit Jacket

  • Saint Laurent

    Velvet blazer

  • Tom Ford

    Shelton velvet tuxedo jacket

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