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The Transformative Nature of the Blazer

The Transformative Nature of the Blazer

The Transformative Nature of the Blazer

While I try to never say never, I’m fairly certain that you will not be seeing me in a suit. It's the matchy-matchy aspect of it all. However, the blazer is and will always be the ultimate apparel item for power dressing. It is absolutely an essential item in every business woman’s closet. Men wore it first and eventually women wore it better (after we got through the whole shoulder pads nightmare in the 80s and 90s). The beauty of it is the transformative nature of it, from fitted to unconstructed, cropped or long, sexy to conservative, trendy to timeless, summer to winter, it’s effectiveness not only lies its own fit, but what you’re wearing with it. With a few simple rules, you can ensure that you stand out in a crowd. 

  1. COLORS: Red, cream, and beige blazers are just as versatile as black. Buy those colors in a quality blazer and you’ll wear them for years. The fact is that you can’t have enough blazers in your closet, buy them in every color possible! A contrasting pant as well as a colorful pump, will take it from predictable to smashing. If you are shorter than 5'4 shoot for monochromatic colors between the top and bottom, it will give you a longer silhouette. 
  2. STREET STYLE: Take some risks by wearing it differently. If you have long hair, tuck it into the back of your blazer, pop the collar, and push up the sleeves. Statement jewelry allowed! For an ultra sheik look, wear it hanging off your shoulders -- and rock some large frame sunglasses.  
  3. LENGTH AND FIT: Universally flattering lengths are cropped and an inch below the hip, if it hits at the fullest part of your hip -- put it back on the rack. Average to taller heights can wear 1-3 buttons very well, creating a nice long line at the front. Heights under 5'4 will show a longer silhouette with four button blazers. If wearing an unconstructed blazer, the popular look is to go with a full trouser. I personally think this only looks good on stick thin figures. My favorite look is to go fitted on the bottom, like very fitted (i.e. pencil skirt or slim pant to the ankles). Otherwise you’ll deprive yourself of any nice lines in your silhouette. The great thing about a fitted blazer is that you can do fitted, cropped and full pant. 
  4. SLEEVES: Sleeves are at all lengths these days and seasons depend on it. The best lines are created with a full or 3/4 length sleeve. If you are wearing a full length sleeve, make sure that it goes to the heel of your hand, you can even go an inch past for a trendier look. I’ve also seen online retailers going an inch shorter with a shirt that has a longer length sleeve. Since my mission is to help you look your best, think about whether sleeveless is the best option for your arms. The eye will go straight to any bare skin first and you want people listening to what you're saying, not starring at your body parts.
  5. BODY FIT: For the proper fit on your shoulders, the seam where the arm and body meet should be at the edge of your shoulder. The front should be smooth and when buttoned there should be no bulges are pulling

There are plenty of options for blazers online and it can quickly become overwhelming. Focus on one color and style at a time, know your measurements, and don't be afraid to order a couple of sizes online to see what fits the best. Below are features from The Blazer episode above. Keep stomping.

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