You may have difficulty finding the right shirt to wear with your new pair of skinny jeans this fall but before you buy a season’s worth of new tops, consider the vintage bolero. Part-blazer, part-shrug, this hybrid transforms the so-so into so-hot in seconds. It’s unfitted design contrasts and complements skinny jeans by adding weight on top, yet the feminine details keep its inflated shape from looking frumpy. Wear it over a plain, fitted tank or tee. Boleros can range in price and design. When shopping for one, consider the frequency with which you will wear it. If you plan on making it a staple in your wardrobe, buy one that’s black or navy and dress it up with jewelry; if you’re daring, find one with gold stitching, leave the jewelry at home, and dress it down with flats. Finish it off with an authentic or vintage-inspired clutch.
In Chicago, try Store B (1472 N Milwaukee Ave) or Silver Moon 1755 W. North Ave. On the web, try www.fashiondig.com.
Black Plush Bolero www.fashiondig.com
Black Velvet Bolero www.fashiondig.com
Bolero Vest from Luxenligne.com
Cammie Hill cinch clutch available at www.ravinstyle.com