POWER BLAZER: HOW TO FIND THE PERFECT BLAZER FOR SUITS OR PLAY

SOLUTION ONE

Make sure the shoulders fit your frame. 

SOLUTION TWO

Consider your other layers

SOLUTION THREE

Get the arms and the length right. 

SOLUTION ONE

Make sure the shoulders fit your frame. 

The first thing you should look at when trying on a blazer is the shoulders. When you put on the blazer, you should be able to make a diagonal line from your shoulder out that hits on the seam where the arm meets the body of the jacket.

The pros call this the sleeve head / cap

If that seam if too far in and closer to your neck, you are going to look like you are squeezing into a coat you borrowed from a large child. If it is too big, you will come off looking like you got your blazer out of a lost and found.

To shoulder pad or not shoulder pad? Like all things fashion to add shoulder pads to a blazer changes the style and purpose of the layer. Want to really wing out? Obviously, the diagonal line will be out the window, but you will be putting forward a very high-fashion look as long as you keep the waistline trim and fitted. A slight shoulder pad can add to the professional look and feel of the blazer. No shoulder pad is going to give you the most business casual look of the options.

 

SOLUTION TWO

Consider your other layers

 

Blazers can be such a versatile part of your wardrobe. You can wear a blazer to complete a casual business suit or even a formal suit. You can throw a blazer on with a t-shirt, or you can layer it with button-down shirts and sweaters. Now you can also find stylish dickies for women that reduce the bulk and make blazers look tailored to your body. If you do not want to buy a dickey, men or women can also try a thin sleeveless sweater vest to reduce arm bulk

To plan for your layers, consider the blend and the style of your blazer. If you are getting a thicker wool blazer, there is a chance you will want to pair that blazer with a sweater in the winter, so you should leave room in the arms and shoulders. If you have found a casual blazer to match with t-shirts, then you should make sure it fits your natural frame when you purchase it. 

 

SOLUTION THREE

Get the arms and the length right. 

finding the best blazer

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You don’t want to be dipping the sleeves of your blazer on your plate. Finding the right length of sleeve is a large part of the blazer shopping process. Have to go back to what is the purpose of your blazer. Are you doing a crazy night in the big city? Can you push back the arms, or is this a business blazer that needs to have every piece on point.

If you blazer has a large percentage of cotton, you can get away with pushing up the sleeves and wearing the blazer with a t-shirt and not have to be so particular with how long or short the sleeves are.

If you are wearing the blazer in a more professional setting, you will want the blazer sleeve to land just past the crease of the wrist. Find the perfect blazer, and it just needs a little tweak? Consider shortening the arms, bringing in the waist, or shortening the length. It will not be free, but it can allow you to snag that perfect plaid layer you’ve been wanting. Other alterations, such as armhole size or chest size, might be so pricey you might as well keep looking.

As for the length of the blazer, the shortest you should go is to your hip bone. Again you can take that hem up to your ribcage if you want to make a statement, but in general, that is your shortstop point. For length, you should not go past the seam where your legs meet. But again, want to make statement? let it go to your knees, just make sure those shoulders are hitting the right points!

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