Meet the black blazer. Paired with jeans and a tee or worn atop officewear, it’s nothing short of a wardrobe staple. But not all are made to flatter (I learned this the hard way). So here’s what you need to know about three quintessential styles – how they should fit, where they should hit, and if they’ll work for your body type.
The Classic Blazer
A workweek essential, the classic is made for collared shirts and slim trousers. Try a fitted version if you’re petite, one that nips nicely at the waist if you’re hourglass, or a flattering single-breasted style if you’re busty.
The fit: What Not to Wear’s Stacy and Clinton have one essential rule: make sure you can button it! For the most flattering fit, the sleeves should hit your wrist bone (too long is better than too short – you can always get it tailored), and the blazer itself should hit at your hip.
The Boyfriend Blazer
Relaxed yet still refined, this longer style is a go-to with jeans. Taller girls can rock it with reckless abandon, as can more athletic, rectangular body types. Just be sure to roll up those sleeves – that little bit of wrist exposure keeps it feminine.
The fit: Relaxed, but not boxy, the boyfriend should hit two to three inches below your hip (not more, or you’ll swim in it). Make sure that it’s fitted to your body at the shoulders and loose at the waist so you can button the jacket easily without losing its shape.
The Cropped Blazer
The cropped blazer is incredibly flattering on pear shapes, drawing attention to a slimmer waist and smaller upper body, and also works well on petites who find themselves swimming in boxier shapes. Try it atop dresses (peplum included) or layered over a long, V-neck tee.
The fit: There’s a reason it’s called a cropped blazer – it should hit at or a bit below the waist (not above!). Make sure it’s not too tight in the shoulders – otherwise it verges on childlike. And wear it open. Just trust me on that one.
By Joanna Berliner, Editor
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