How can they possibly know how much demand there is? I wish I had cable still.
Depending on the style and size, they can make or break a blazer on your body type. Bulky or patch pockets can add bulk to hips, which can be good or bad depending on your body type. I like blazers with feminine seaming that helps to nip the blazer at the waist. Sometimes this means several length-wise seams that help shape the blazer, or it may mean a belt-like detail that gives the illusion of a small waist.
Peplum details may also help create a feminine shape. Some jackets are meant to fit boxy like the iconic Chanel tweed jacket. An average length sleeve, when standing straight with your arms at your sides, should end near the joint where your thumb connects at your wrist. Bracelet length sleeves stop just above the wrist to allow for the showing off of a bracelet or watch. These of course will add to alteration costs if the sleeve needs shortening.
The sleeve should run close to your arm for a slim, sleek look. A wide sleeve can look bunchy, and make the blazer look boxy. If the arm hole is too wide: It also tends to look sloppy. If the arm hole is too tight: Jacket lengths go in and out of style, but the most common and classic length stops at your hip.
Depending on your figure, you may look better in slightly longer or slightly shorter jacket lengths. One way to dip your toes in the world of blazers is to start with knit blazers. Knit blazers are usually cut smaller with the intention that they will fit snugly like a sweater, so the chances of finding one that fits decently in the shoulder, torso and sleeves is higher.
They are also less formal for those women who tend to feel silly or oafish in blazers. Banana Republic t-shirt, size xs:: Thanks so much, this is very helpful!
Tell me about it! Do you have a Theory outlet near you? My other favorite place to find Theory blazers is Bloomingdales.
They usually have a better selection than Nordstrom, and their sales can be really good. Thank you so much for sharing the tips! Thank you for the super informative post. I am often undiscriminating when it comes to blazers that fit just ok…so will have to reference this post a lot in the future. Yeah, if you have broad shoulders already, too much padding can look awful!
Have you tried draped blazers? You talk about the sleeves being narrow and short enough…I need a jacket with sleeves wide and long enough! Is that fixable at a tailor? I just want something that will be comfortable and look good! Kelly, I like this post. The blazer has already been taken in and had the sleeves slimmed.
Can the armholes be made smaller? Maybe someone else will have a better answer for you. This will run you a hefty amount. Kelly, this post is super informative. Finding a blazer that fits is probably a bit easier for me than for you since I am bigger.
I will definitely keep this post in mind the next time I shop for a blazer. Wonderful post — I especially enjoyed learning about shoulder fit trick. I am definitely going to try that for all future blazer purchases.
LOL on the Incredible Hulk line. That had honestly never occurred to me but it makes sense! I have never thought of these points when I trying on blazer before. I will have to remember this or bookmark this post on my cell phone. Thanks for the detailed and clear breakdown. This is such a great post! It was imformative and I especially liked the tip about leaning against the wall since I normally just eyeball it and end up not making the purchase since I am left unsure.
Now I can verify for sure! Thanks for the post Kelly. How difficult is it to have too-wide shoulders altered to fit smaller? Is this something a good tailor can do and how much does it usually cost? I just had it done for the first time, and it can be tricky and expensive. As you can see, it can be a pretty involved process.
Price can be high as far as alterations go, but if you love your coat enough to put a little bit of money in it to look really sharp, it may be a very wise investment. Thank you for your tips and input. Well fitting blazers definitely take up an outfit multiple notches! Thanks for the tips. What would you say the proper mobility of the blazer arms?
I have a blazer that is fitted, but I think the arms mobility are somewhat restricted when I reach up or extend the arms. Do you have any thoughts on this? I think some mobility restriction is normal, but you should still be able to reach upward with full extension, the blazer will just move up a little with your arms.
This a great post, Kelly, thanks! This is such an informative post! However, my torso is extremely slim so most blazers look boxy on me. You mentioned that taking in the shoulders is a costly alteration, what about slimming the torso? And bonus — practically wrinkle-free! Just ordered a couple of short-sleeve ones from LE and will let you know the fit. I have a similar figure issue. I have done well with Liz Claiborne blazers, but have the most luck with styles that have a belt or tie at the waist… for some reason, those are cut with enough room in the body to accommodate my bust.
On a related note, does anyone have recommendations on good not insanely expensive or hideous minimizing bras? I have this problem, but unfortunately no real solution to offer. Anyone else have this problem? Flounder, I live in the fantasie smoothing full cup bra. I have a ponte blazer from Jones New York which results in less pain…. Natori and Wacoal have been most comfortable for me.
For jackets, I have a couple of CK ones that seem to fit well without tailoring. Tailors are your friend. For busty girls, single-button girls are easier to take in than double-buttoned at least according to my tailor.
Make sure the blazer you buy fits you properly in the shoulders and sleeves-that will give you a much better fit when they take in the blazer at your waist to accommodate your chest. You may also want to explore custom made jackets. A local seamstress or tailor can make you a custom jacket for depending on their demand and the materials you request.
I buy a size 8 blazer. The 8 is still tight in the chest and I just leave the top button open. I have found Loft, Banana, Talbots and Express to all work in the 8.
Not cheap, though they have excellent sales. I agree with the comment above about buttonless jackets. If you can get away with them, they are awesome. Generally I wear the blazer unbuttoned. Not ideal, but it looks better than most blazers on my body type. I know it has been offered up before on thiss! Please comment and we can figure out how to proceed. I used to go for Pepperberry jackets as I require their Super Curvy size. So I instead opt for one button jackets which quite often fit nicely.
Or the kind without buttons that still creates the v shape. Today I just wrote a style post on www. I can never wear blazers with only one button, too much gaping.
I love Stacy and Clinton. So much great advice. I wish I had cable still. Are they even still on?? It looks like a button down but has a button-less placket which means it goes on overhead and zips up the side.
My lone suit is Theory. I would have done better with a petite proportioned jacket but lacking that option we shortened the sleeves note the buttonholes are pre-opened so there is a limit to how short they can go.
I went through Nordstrom so I could get it tailored in house and caught the anniversary sale so I got the jacket, trousers, and skirt for the price of just the jacket and skirt.
Tailoring prices were on par with outside vendors. I would avoid Ann Taylor as they tend to be a bit linebacker in the shoulders on a busty petite frame when they fit in the front. I do find that DD Atelier and Pepperberry both fit the normal proportion better than petite, they just tend to be a little long in the torso.
I do like Campbell and Kate as well for white button-fronts, I just never wear white shirts to work. I would suggest tailoring.
Tailors charge 50 or less to take in the sides of a suit jacket and shorten the arms. It is your best bet because of your unusual proportions why are you trying to make yourself fit into off the rack sizing? If you have a few solid colored jackets tailored you are good to go. I have tried so many different blazers I have wide shoulders, 32DD bust, and a small, high waist , and I keep going back to Tahari! Their size 6 or size 8 depending on my weight always fit me and button perfectly, no tailoring required.
They are noted for designing clothes for women with boobs.
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