The Bolero is Back!

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If you’re searching for a stylish jacket that will complement almost any outfit, look no further than a bolero. Available in many different shapes and sizes these trendy garments are a must-have for 2014 and will certainly add a touch of class to your wardrobe – but what styles are bang on trend this year? Read on for 10 of the best...
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10. Puffed sleeve

Boleros with puffed sleeves are extremely flattering as they broaden the shoulders giving the impression of a smaller waist. Garments of this kind are also very dressy and go well with 1950s frocks which typically cinch in the waist and celebrate the female form. Ruched sleeve boleros are easy to get hold of and are a good wardrobe staple as they add eye-catching detailing without being over the top.
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9. Short sleeve

Short-sleeved or sleeveless boleros are a good choice for both summer and winter. Why? Well, because you can wear them over thin, summery dresses or throw them over blouses and warmer garments for a more bohemian layered look which is in at the moment. Of course, the type of material you go for will probably depend on the season, with lace working well in hot weather and fur being more suited to colder days.
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8. Long sleeve

There are many reasons why you might want to invest in a long-sleeved bolero. If you dislike the top of your arms, for instance, these stylish garments will ensure your flesh is covered helping you to feel confident and beautiful at the same time. Almost all the boleros mentioned above are available in this style, however, lace boleros look particularly effective with long sleeves as the delicate detail forms a wonderful pattern over the arms – think of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen which is still inspiring many outfits today.
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7. Leather

What better way to achieve a biker chic look than with a leather or faux leather bolero? This type of cropped jacket will give your outfit a cool, rocky edge and is suitable for a house party or a night on the town alike. Many of the designs are black with zip or pocket detailing but you’ll also come across retro soft tan numbers with a fringed trim. The latter are ideal for fancy dress parties and as 70s/western themes never seem to go out of fashion they’re a fab purchase.
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6. Feather

Real feather boleros are not only elaborate but are also comfortable to wear thanks to the silky lining many of them have. Designed to make a statement these shrugs will certainly turn heads and work well over dresses and casual tops alike depending on your personal style. Again, colours vary but as pastels are proving popular this year you’ll find a host of baby pinks and other girly shades. Those made from ostrich feathers tend to be more shaggy and voluminous than others, so take your time to find something to your taste.
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5. Faux fur

If you think fur looks glamorous but wouldn’t be seen out in something made from real animal fur – fear not. Faux fur boleros are a great alternative as they’re surprisingly warm and notoriously chic. While white fur boleros are the perfect winter wedding accessory, other colours such as red, green, blue, purple and black are also available. Sleeveless boleros with collars are also a sensible purchase for the chilly seasons as they can be easily teamed with thick jumpers and polo necks.  
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4. Crocheted

With old-school crafts making a comeback, crocheted garments such as boleros are becoming increasingly popular and it’s easy to see why. Great for informal occasions, they can be worn all year round and look stylish with a t-shirt and skinny jeans. Sold in a host of bright colours, they liven up even the simplest of outfits and are both dainty and feminine. Thanks to the wide variety of crochet stitches out there you’ll also come across a host of different patterns and designs.
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3. Silk bolero

There’s something special about wearing silk thanks to the wonderful shimmer it offers. Boleros made from this type of textile look great with posh, evening outfits and are the perfect way to jazz up ball gowns, prom dresses, 1950s vintage frocks, a skirt and top combination or any other night time attire. While some come with collars offering a more tailored effect, you can also get hold of casual, loose-fitting designs at a great price.
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2. Lace

If you enjoy keeping up with the dos and don’ts of the fashion industry, you’ll know that lace is massive this year – good news for anyone with a penchant for this beautiful openwork fabric. Lace boleros can be bought in a range of different colours and while white and black are popular you’ll also find garments with contrasting collars, lapels and front ties. As with most boleros they tend to remain open at the front and look sensational over an evening top, dress or blouse.
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1. Wedding

Everyone loves a wedding, right? It’s the perfect occasion for a touch of glitz or glamour so whether you’re the blushing bride-to-be, an excited bridesmaid or a guest, why not check out the range of wedding boleros on offer? From sensational ivory shrugs made from pure silk to tulle numbers decorated with sequins and pearls you won’t be short of choice and as these fabulous accessories are one of the biggest wedding trends of 2014 you’re sure to sparkle on your big day.
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