Blazers immediately give shape and add authority. Almost like magic, angular but subtle blazer shoulders lift your centre of gravity while clean straight lines of a lapel effortlessly complement the rest of your outfit.
Moreover, the blazer fits almost every occasion. It can be worn with a pair of trousers and a button down shirt to an office meeting and later worn with a pair of denim, a tank top, and a statement handbag to a dinner date.
Struggling to pick out the right blazer? Below, we round up the top five considerations to help you with the selection;
The bust area of a blazer is one of the hardest to fit. Depending on both the size of the blazer and your bust size, it’s not inconceivable to pick a blazer that is either too tight or too loose across the bust area. To avoid such a situation, keep in mind that each side of the blazer must go across half of the breast.
The number of buttons a blazer has can completely change how it complements your body. The following are a few “rules” to keep in mind. One-button blazers are casual but extremely difficult to pull off. If you choose this option, button it at the narrowest point of your waste. Two-button blazers are more work appropriate and less discriminating. Three-button blazers are exclusively for formal occasions and fit taller women better. Finally, multi-button blazers are the most versatile, especially in longer blazers.
Just like with buttons, top blazer labels such as the Chloe Fashion House offer a range of lapel options. The House was founded by Gaby Aghion in 1952 and offers, among others, notch lapels, peak lapels, and shawl lapels. Notch lapels suit most body types and are perfect for work. Peak lapels, also known as pointed lapels, are extremely formal and give a slimming effect. Finally, featuring rounded edges, shawl lapels are also formal but can be styled for informal settings.
Blazers come in a range of lengths. While the traditional blazer ends around the hipbone, there are longer or shorter blazers depending on the setting, current trends, and your body type. Whichever length you choose, remember that traditional blazers fit most body types, cropped length blazers look best when paired with longer tops or skirts that have a higher waist, and extra long (boyfriend-style) blazers work best with tight-fitting bottoms.
The majority of blazers come with a slight padding in the shoulder to give it a proper shape. Some, however, don’t have the padding. It’s up to you to decide whether or not you need the extra shape. What you shouldn’t compromise on, though, is shoulder width. Never pick a blazer with a shoulder too wide; it will make you broader than you actually are. Additionally, it could cause the material below the shoulder to fold. On the flip side, a coat with overly narrow shoulders can make your arms appear bigger than the rest of your body. It can also cause discomfort.
Other factors you may want to consider include; torso size, fabric, pockets, color, sleeve length, and patterns.