Menswear inspired fashion is all over the runway with tailored pants, polished oxfords and button-up shirts. Want to catch the menswear trend but can’t afford a wardrobe overhaul? Add a tailored blazer to your closet! The key? Choose one that is right for your body type and you’ll have a versatile piece you can wear everywhere. Suit up!
1. Small waist: You can throw on any blazer and go! Choose one that has a defined waist to draw attention to your tiny middle. A cropped blazer will make you look imbalanced so choose a piece that hits at the top of your pants or longer.
2. Large Bust: Choose a blazer cut right for your body shape first following three simple rules: choose a light material so as not to add unneeded bulk, choose v-neck button closure that hits right under your bust line to create good shape and support and always go with a longer cut so as not to appear overly top heavy.
3. Curvy Shape: Go with a cropped piece to make your top look balanced with your bottom. Even cropped blazers need to have defined waistlines. Avoid double-breasted pieces and long cuts that will only add bulk.
4. Straight Figure: Go with what we call a boyfriend blazer, one meant to be worn oversized, but that doesn’t drown you. Embrace shoulder pads and buttons to give you the curves you need in the right places. Choose a piece that hits you right below the hipbone to create length in your frame.
5. Petite Figure: False:petite figures can wear whatever they want. Truth: I am petite and I had to work hard to find a blazer I felt confident wearing. Petite figures should stick with a blazer made of light weight material but has a well structured shape. Make sure to define your waist with a button closure or cinch in the back. Choose either a cropped piece to balance your legs or a blazer that hits you right under your hipbone to create length without overwhelming your small frame.
6. Slim Hips: You need to create balance with your top-half. Choose a blazer that has no shoulder pads, is a thinner material and has exposed pockets or a flare on the lower half to draw the attention down and out.
Here I am yesterday rockin’ my H&M blazer. Check out my “Days with a Blazer” blog-reel over at Lost Traditions.