A bolero jacket is worn over another dress or outfit. In the past, these were waist length with the front open and the two sides brought together and tied with strings. Today though. Bolero jackets are open at the front and stop a few inches below the waist.
While the fad of wearing bolero jackets diminished somewhat in the early 1990s, the spark was reignited by the famous French Designer Yves St. Laurent in the late 1990’s when he showcased a high-end evening bolero jacket on the ramps. Since then, there has been no looking back for the jacket and currently, it is an integral part of women’s wardrobes.
One of the main advantages of a bolero jacket is that it adds value to your wardrobe. Buy one jacket in neutral colors like cream, black, or beige and it will match with many dresses in your collection. Wear the jacket over the same dress and you have a brand-new appearance with the identical outfit.
The same goes for times when you dress up for formal occasions like a dinner date or a special event. Every time you have one to attend, you cannot splurge on new dresses. But wear an evening bolero jacket over the same dress and your old look transforms into an altogether new one.
These jackets are chic and sophisticated and are often embellished with beads, crystals, and fur and look gorgeous on any formal dress. The materials are generally heavy crepe, silk, or brocade and embroidered all over. However, these do not come cheap and can set you back by a few hundred dollars. But it is surely worth the buy if you want to be a head-turner at any party.
You can also buy a combo of a dress and an evening bolero jacket as a set. The advantage here is that you do not have to shop separately for formal evening wear and a jacket to go with it. The designers will offer you a set where the two are perfectly matched in terms of design, cut, colors, and patterns, saving you the hard work of doing so.
However, a bolero jacket is not only about glamorous evening wear only. Boleros are available for casual informal affairs too and look beautiful when paired with a pretty sleeveless floral printed dress or a pair of jeans and a top. Wear the dress you plan to match the bolero with to the store so that you can check first-hand that the two complement each other perfectly. There are no such compulsions though when you order a bolero from an online store.