Last week, I noticed the first yellow leaves falling on my lawn, a sure sign that autumn is on its way, and summer is ever so slowly drawing to a close. So days are still sunny warm, but evening are beginning to cool, and that means you'll need an extra layer to keep the shoulders covered. 


Enter boleros, the wee jackets that are full of style but do real work to keep the chill off - so you can continue your evening outdoors - there's only so many more of those nights to enjoy al fresco, after all. 


This sweet Mexican-style bolero is full of energy and fun. Throw on top of a Little Black Dress and heels or a white tank top and jeans; this is a versatile little jacket. 

This classic black bolero by Nicole Miller would literally work over anything at all, from a bikini to ripped jean shorts, to evening gown. 

This lace bolero from the 1950's has been dyed to bring it up to date, and would add a hint of romance and color to a something simple beneath, like a black pants and tanktop ensemble. 

This fun sequined bolero from the 70's (with a real 30's feel) would be perfect over a dress for a night out. How can you not have fun when you're wearing sparkle?

Two vintage fabrics, both with sweet patterns, have been put together to create this full arm coverage bolero, which is made by hand in Sweden. 

Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.

Vintage Fridays: Bolero jackets
Boleros are just the thing to throw over evening-chilly shoulders once fall comes.