How to Wear Bolero Jacket: Top 15 Outfit Ideas

best bolero jacket outfit ideas

I have to start this blog post by making a confession. I really have no idea how to call this little short cardigan or shrug the first time I see it. The only thing that comes to my mind is “what a cute jacket that is”. Now, I know that its official name is the bolero jacket. It is something that you can easily build a lovely and unique outfit around. In order to make the styling process easier for you, I have collected some of the best bolero jacket outfit ideas for you. Let’s dive in.

Grey Bolero Jacket with White Tank Top & Black Jeans


Let’s start off this outfit with a very casual yet stylish outfit. To achieve this look, you can wear a white form fitting tank top with a grey bolero jacket. Pair them with black skinny jeans and white sneakers to keep the outfit refreshing and simple. You can even wear a statement necklace to make the outfit more stylish.

Yellow Bolero Sweater with Blue Belted Flared Mini Dress

yellow bolero sweater blue belted flared mini dress

Now, let’s look at a very different outfit that is a chic and feminine work outfit. To form this amazing outfit, you can wear a blue flared mini dress that comes with a narrow gold belt. Wear a yellow bolero sweater to provide the little lovely and cheerful detail. For the shoes, you can wear leopard print heels to add a feminine and mature touch to the look.

Black Three Quarter Sleeve Bolero Jacket with Grey Vest Top

black three quarter sleeve bolero jacket grey vest top

A nice trick of wearing bolero to show your curves is to pair a form fitting top with a form fitting bolero jacket. That also helps make your shoulder look more narrow. In this case, a black three quarter sleeveless bolero cardigan is paired with a grey skinny fit vest top. Pair them with black skinny jeans and black ballet flats to look lean.

Yellow Bolero Shrug with White Skinny Jeans

yellow bolero shrug white skinny jeans

For a refreshing and cheerful look, a good choice of color combination would be yellow and white. For example, you can pair them a yellow bolero jacket with a white scoop neck t shirt. Pair them with white skinny jeans, white sandals and a narrow brown leather belt to look beautiful and lovely.

Crepe Bolero Jacket with Grey Cowl Neck Chiffon Maxi Dress

crepe bolero jacket grey cowl neck chiffon maxi dress

For a look that is more feminine and fragile, you can choose clothes that have softer color tones and made of softer fabric. A good example would be wearing a grey cowl neck chiffon maxi dress. Pair it with a crepe color bolero cardigan and a pale pink open toe heels to complete the outfit in a cozy and feminine way.

Pale Pink Bolero Jacket with White & Blush Bodycon Midi Dress

pale pink bolero jacket white and blush bodycon midi dress

To achieve an elegant look that would be perfect for a formal event or a prom, you can use pink as your main color. For example, you can wear a blush pink and white lace bodycon midi dress. Pair it with a pink bolero jacket and a pair of pale pink ankle strap open toe heels to complete this classy and amazing look.

Silver Sequin Bolero Jacket with Black Tube Dress

silver sequin bolero jacket black tube dress

Here is another outfit that you can wear to cocktail parties or proms. The best thing about this outfit is that it is quite easy to pull off despite the fact that it is very eye catching. To achieve this look, you can wear a black tube dress with a silver sparkly bolero jacket. Pair them with black ankle strap open toe heels to add an elegant touch to the outfit.

Wear with Off The Shoulder Rose Printed Maxi Dress

off the shoulder rose printed maxi dress

For those of you who don’t like to dress in a mature way for cocktail parties, here is an outfit that would make a good youthful alternative. The dress here is a white off-shoulder rose printed maxi dress that looks breezy and cheerful. Pair it with a black bolero jacket and white heeled sandals to complete the outfit.

Black Shrug with Mom Jeans

black shrug mom jeans

Here is a very simple casual outfit that looks very low profile. There are always days in a month that you like to look low profile and walk around the city alone and this outfit would be a good one for that type of scenarios. To achieve this look, you can simply wear a black sweater with a black bolero jacket for the top. Pair them with mom jeans and white sneakers to look causal and simple.

White Half Sleeve Bolero Jacket with Black Deep V Neck Sheath Dress

white half sleeve bolero jacket black deep v neck sheath dress

For a feminine and low-key sexy look, you can wear a black deep v neck mini sheath dress with a white half sleeve form fitting bolero jacket. You can simply pair the pieces with black ballet heels to complete this attractive look.

Green Bolero Knit Jacket with Black Skinny Jeans

green bolero knit jacket black skinny jeans

It is rare to see an oversized bolero jacket. As you can tell from the above picture, the result you get with an oversized one is very different from a form fitting one that you see else where in this blog post. You can achieve a very casual and laid back outfit by wearing this green oversized bolero jacket with a white tee, black skinny jeans and nude sandals.

Grey Form Fitting Tee with Black Bolero Jacket

grey form fitting tee black bolero jacket

As explained just a little earlier in this blog post, wearing a form fitting top with a form fitting bolero jacket can really show your curves. This is a good example with the grey tee and the black bolero jacket. Pair them with black skinny jeans and white sneakers to look lean and smart.

Wear with Black Chiffon Flared Mini Dress

black chiffon flared mini dress

To achieve a breezy look, you can wear a black chiffon mini dress. Usually you just simply pair it with nude sandals to create a refreshing look. But this time, we also want to add a white bolero jacket to add another beautiful detail to the outfit.

Black Bolero Jacket with White Polka Dot Floral Skater Dress

black bolero jacket white polka dot floral skater dress

For a very unique and cheerful look, you can wear a white polk dot floral skater mini dress. Pair it with a mini black bolero jacket and white sandals to look slim and refreshing.

I hope you find these bolero jacket outfit ideas useful. You may want to start with imitating the above outfits and then start tweaking here and there to make those ideas your own.