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If the seam hits past where your natural shoulder ends, then it is too big. If it hits closer to your neck than to the end of your natural shoulder, then it is too small. Look for it to hit right about where your natural shoulder ends. Large shoulder pads will accentuate your broad shoulders further. On the reverse, if you have narrow shoulders, then you should seek a blazer that has a little more shoulder padding. While wearing the blazer, reach one arm across in front of you to grab the other arm.
Observe what the shoulder pad of the blazer does while you do this: If it juts out past your shoulder, it is too big. Consider how fitted the torso is to your body shape.
Buttoning the blazer should not cause it to stretch or pull at the buttons or along the back. Look for a blazer that buttons easily over the largest section of your torso, whatever that may be. If you are busty, then it is best to search for a blazer that has more buttons, because these will help keep you in place.
You may also have to buy a blazer in the next size up in order to accommodate your bust and then have it tailored in other areas to fit you best. Both of these elements affect how the blazer fits and looks on you.
Petite women look good with small lapels, while busty and plus-size women look best with large lapels. Also take note of whether the size and shape of the pockets flatters your body shape and flows with the fit of the blazer. Large pockets can add size to the hips, which is often undesirable. Take note of the length of the sleeves. When you are standing with your arms straight down at your sides, the sleeves of the blazer should hit just about at the joint where your wrist and thumb connect.
Observe the details on the sleeves, as well, such as buttons. If you need to get the sleeves altered, lining or buttons can make it cost more. However, these accessories add a nice touch to the blazer. Wider sleeves tend to take away from the overall fitted look of the blazer, so look for one with more fitted sleeves or consider having the width of the sleeves altered. Move your arms around to determine if the arm holes are a good fit. If the arm hole is too wide, it may restrict your arm movement and look sloppy, but if it is too small, then it can be uncomfortable to wear and limit your options for layering underneath the blazer.
Decide if the length and style of the jacket suits your body type. There is a flattering length and fit of blazer for every body type, and typically, appropriate blazer length is when it just touches the hips. Knowing what your body type is and finding a blazer to flatter it are key to choosing a great-fitting blazer. Women with broad shoulders but straight hips should aim for finding cropped blazers.
These tend to add curves to the waist and hips without further drawing attention to the shoulders. A blazer without shoulder padding would be best. Blazers with belts added as accessories also help to add curves.
Take the length of the blazer into consideration when choosing your outfit. A longer blazer is better suited for pantsuits, while a shorter blazer is better suited for skirt suits. A blazer that skims the top of your hips looks less professional when worn with dress slacks than when it is worn with a nice skirt. Pay attention to how you match your colors when creating a suit outfit. For example, a stark white blazer may not look the best with dress slacks or skirts that are shades of brown; in that case an ivory or off-white blazer would be a better match.
Stick to a fitted blazer. The modern blazer is fitted to flatter more body types, and it can still be dressed up to look professional.
A blazer with a more classic or boxy fit is also viewed as professional, but some delicateness and style are lost with those fits. Blazers with a classic or boxy fit are often recommended for women who are 50 or older. Especially when a blazer is white, these fits detract from the overall togetherness of the outfit and tend to make it look sloppy. If your white blazer is not as fitted as you would like, but it fits well in all other areas, then use an accessory like a belt to give the appearance of a tighter fit.
Find a small belt that fits around your waist and matches the blazer; neutral tones of black or brown would be best. Pay attention to the style of your white blazer. Blazers come in many different styles, ranging from professional to casual. If you work in an office with stricter dress code requirements, you will need to choose a white blazer that meets those standards, such as one with full-length sleeves and without flashy details.
A white blazer with buttons will likely also be ideal here. If you work in an office with a more casual dress code, then you will likely be able to wear a white blazer that has shorter sleeves, like the three-quarter length, and possibly ruching.
A white blazer that does not have buttons or that you choose to leave unbuttoned will be acceptable in this environment. Wear a white blazer over sleeveless tops or dresses. Founded in Based in Portland, Oregon.
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