Tailored Blazers for Every Body



If you want to get in on the menswear-inspired fashion trend, start with a tailored blazer?  Fahion Blogger and Stylist Rebecca Alexander Pickrel joined us today with tips for choosing the best blazer for our body type.

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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.

Hourglass Figure:

  • You can throw on any blazer and go! Choose one that has a defined waist to draw attention to your tiny middle. Go with a blazer that is a little more trendy to add some real fun to your wardrobe.

Large Bust:

  • Choose a light material so as not to add unneeded bulk, one that will flow over your curves. For a large bust we want to avoid large lapels or pockets on the upper-half of the piece -- they will only draw the attention upward. A longer cut with a little flare to it will make you not appear boxy or short.

Curvy Bottom Half:

  • A cropped piece will make your top appear balanced with your curvy bottom half. But even cropped blazers need to have defined waistlines. Avoid long cuts with low pockets because they will add bulk to your hips.

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, rolled up sleeves and button closure to give you curves and dimension in the right places. Choose a piece that hits you right below the hipbone to create length in your frame.

Petite Figure:

  • False: petite figures can wear whatever they want. True: I am petite and I had to work hard to find a blazer I felt confident wearing. Petite figures should stick with a blazer that has a well-structured shape. Make sure to define your waist with a button closure or cinch in the back. Once again, a blazer that hits you right under your hipbone will create length without overwhelming your small frame.

Apple Shape:

  • You want to create a nice waistline and slimming effect. Choose a blazer that has no shoulder pads, and has exposed pockets or a flare on the lower half to draw the attention down and out. Go with darker colors like navy or black. 


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