How to Wear a Bolero Jacket or Shrug

A bolero jacket or shrug is a timeless addition to any well-rounded wardrobe. Whether you’re a fan of sleeveless tops, layered looks, or a trendy outfit, boleros and shrugs would be functional and stylish enough to complete your looks. Keep on reading for our styling tricks on how to wear a bolero jacket and shrug on your street style outfits.

Conceal your body flaws by topping your sleeveless outfit with a bolero or shrug.

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While shrugs are essentially cropped cardigans, bolero jackets are dressier and are often seen on evenings out. These pieces are quite functional since they cover up bare skin while concealing heavy upper arms. Like fashion blogger Annabelle Fleur, go for a short dress that will draw the attention from your heavy arms while your shrug conceals your challenging area. Opt for shrugs and boleros made of lightweight materials, especially for summer wear as you can wear them with empire-waist and maxi dresses. This look is fresh, modern, and polished while allowing you to show off your jewelry since it doesn’t cover up too much on top.

Play with prints and solid colors by topping your outfit with a bolero or shrug.

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There are dressier shrugs designed to wear on evenings out and tend to exude an obvious sense of glamor through its materials like silk, embroidery, and even prints. Like fashion blogger Mary Orton, opt for a printed bolero that can dress up your plain dress while keeping your looks office-appropriate. However, if you’re seeking a bolero jacket to wear with different printed dresses, opt for a neutral color. If your style leans toward edgy and rocker-chic, consider a bolero embellished with grommets or studs while clean cuts and sharp shoulder style of boleros will fit a classy woman.

Top your casual outfit with a bolero or shrug for an extra polished look.

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The truncated design of bolero and shrug makes them perfect to wear with dresses and skirts, but they’re also versatile enough to pair with casual pants and denim jeans. Since they’re available with both long and short sleeves and are generally casual in design, consider your outfits that you’ll be wearing with them to avoid looking bulky on your street looks. By contrast, bolero jackets are dressier and crisply tailored that can bring more polish to your casual outfit.

Create a trendy look by layering your pieces with a bolero or shrug.

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Since layering is trendy right now, make use of your bolero and shrug to add some flair to your looks. Like fashion blogger Blair Eadie, you may think of wearing your bolero sweater with unconventionally paired pieces like a button-down shirt,shirt dress, coat, and even jackets that will make your street style outfit more unexpected and trendy. Indeed, bolero and shrugs are a must-have for a woman’s wardrobe that will keep your style functional at the same time fashion-forward.

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