Before making the "cropped, cutaway bolero" from Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing, I can't say that I'd given the bolero, in general, much thought. Boleros just sort of existed.
Actually, wait! I had completely forgotten until just this moment that I wore a bolero at my wedding and liked it quite a bit. Shall we take a little trip down memory lane?
Here I am as a blushing bride, in my little white bolero.
Also, I'm not trying to brag here, but can I just take a moment to appreciate how great my skin looked?
Aww, how cute were we?!
I'm sorry, what were we talking about? Ah yes, boleros.
I was interested to hear in the comments how many of you are anti-bolero. Fascinating! I always thought boleros were kind of innocuous, and not really deserving of strong opinion either way. Though, before I embarked upon making my black velvet bolero, I remarked to my husband that I worried I would look like a dancing monkey in such a get-up. His reply? "Just don't wear a fez . . . and steer clear of men with organ grinders." (He's cute and funny!)
And then there's the fact that boleros are ubiquitous as prom and bridesmaid attire, usually in pastel polyester. Exhibit A:
Though I want to state for the record that the pattern above is a great basic bolero pattern. I'm merely pointing to the styling of it.
But I want to hear from you. Boleros: yea or nay?