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Bolero Jackets Say Olé

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Just a little something to cover your shoulders in air conditioning, to appear less bare when visiting a cathedral abroad, or to dress something up (a little black number). A bolero might add color or texture, introduce a bit of femininity (see lace and ruffle), or make an ensemble out of separates. Careful the piece does not look skimpy, proportions count.

Mastyka Sequined Bolero by Malene Birger

According to Vogue, sequins are fine for daywear if properly coordinated. How cool is this look? Imagine the jacket with jeans and then, later, over a sundress. Simple cut, sophisticated color. ¾ sleeve, deep v-neck, cropped bolero jacket. Grey and gold sequins. Open front. Fully lined. Tone on tone stitching. Polyester/cotton/spandex. Machine wash?! On sale-50% off: $312.00

Long Sleeved Lace Bolero

The bat-your-eyelashes look. Feminine and a tad suggestive. Very pretty back. Go for the cinematic image and wear a big rose in your hair? This will never go out of style. Wear with pencil pants and flats or a long gown and excessive pearls. Contrast satin piping, button fastening at the cuffs; machine wash?! $78.00

Chetta B. Wide Collar Cropped Bolero

A wonderful frame-your-face collar. Play off the azure blue with jewelry. Try just a dot of shadow at the corners of your eyes. Pair with long fingerless lace gloves to look completely on trend and arty. Try color blocking with a bright, bright belt on the otherwise uncomplicated dress. Silk/Wool for transition. Unlined. Dry clean. On sale $99.99

Jay Ahr Shine Silver Bolero with Sequins

The Rolls Royce- This one will take you from stage seats for The Rolling Stones to The Metropolitan Opera, from a book signing in the East Village to dinner at Per Se. Dress it up or down. A fine piece to own and own. Silver colored glam sequins embroidered on silk ground alternating with white knit in double layered mesh pattern. Fully lined. ¾ Sleeves. $1410.00

Petaled Chiffon Bolero by Roberto Cavalli

Available in red or black- Fun, fun, fun! You know who you are- trend setter, not follower. Nothing complicated under this, just good lines. Shows you’re creative, interesting, confident. Go for the red one. The chiffon keeps it from looking or feeling bulky. Tiered chiffon petals, fully lined. Concealed hook fastening at the front. 100% polyester. Dry clean. On sale 65% off: $220.85

Monique Lhuillier High Collar Bolero

Unfortunately, a little hard to see in the photo, this beautiful silhouette frames the face and neck with great style. Wear a wonderful neck piece. Will make an otherwise simple ensemble (good fabrics, please) with the right accessories. Keeps its majestic shape. Navy taffeta. Gathered collar with open front. Puffed ¾ sleeves, elastic cuffs. Gathered at the waist. 100% silk. $539.00

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