Bolero Jacket — Value Addition for your Wardrobe
A bolero jacket is a garment that is worn over another dress or outfit. Traditionally, a bolero is open at the front and stops at the waist. Among the many designs are those with borders and sleeves that end either at the elbow or the wrist. The sleeve length is especially important for plus-size women as it helps to cover the fat around the upper arms even if they are wearing pretty sleeveless dresses.
The modern bolero jacket is based on the old Torero style, a design that was a rage in the 1850s and 1860s. Torero is a light jacket worn in the ring by bullfighters for added protection. This caught on well with the ladies during that period more as a matter of convenience than style. Long jackets and blouses could not be worn over wide hoop skirts and hence a shorter jacket that stopped at the waist just above the flare of the skirts was ideal, giving rise to the bolero jacket. This trend was carried down to modern times and was further fueled by Yves St. Laurent in the late 1990s when he showcased the bolero jacket on the ramps. Since then, this garment has become a permanent fixture in any women’s wardrobe.
There are many facets to a women’s bolero jacket.
A bolero jacket can be worn for any occasion. The informal ones made of lace or other wispy materials are ideal for casual outings and may be worn over attractive dresses or jeans and tops for a fun look. These are perfect for a day spent with friends and family or on a hike. Then there is the jacket that is ideal for formal occasions like an evening out, a fine dining experience, or an office get-together. Such boleros have elaborate patterns and are made of silk, brocade, or something similar. These are often embedded with crystals or beads and can set you back by hundreds of dollars.
There is another compelling reason to buy a bolero jacket and that is because it can be worn around the year. During summer, boleros made of light fabric, lace, and crocheted short-sleeved ones may be matched with summer dresses, tank tops, and jeans, or formalwear. In winter, boleros made from heavier fabrics and thick knitwear protect against the chill.
Since a bolero jacket is always worn over another dress or an outfit, make sure that you wear the basic dress to the store to check whether the two complement each other and match to your satisfaction.