Back in the day when I worked at Calvin Klein headquarters, we all got tutored in the value of excellent tailoring because it is, of course, Calvin's thing. My daily fashion uniform always included a beautifully structured blazer. In fact, pretty much every staff member wore a blazer. Why? Most definitely, that's because it's that one fashion piece that, regardless of size, anyone can look stunning in this silhouette. This tried-and-true wardrobe staple is having a fling again with women's hearts, particularly as we start to shift our mindset from winter towards spring.
The difference now is that designers are reimagining this piece with much more originality so that you more options than ever before. What blazer trends should you purchase? First and foremost, if it's affordable, then besides an excellent designer handbag, every woman should invest in a quality blazer that will never go out of style. My favorites are this, this, and this. More affordable options, but equally flattering favorites are this, this, and this.
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A blazer can be so versatile. You can wear this with a gorgeous trouser if you feel like you need to power suit up. Otherwise, pair it with jeans, leggings or a cute mini dress. I also like to roll-up the sleeves so that the entire look is more effortless. Single-breasted blazers with strong shoulder padding look nice an all body types. Double-breasted styles favor small waisted women, but if you find one you love, then don't let it stop you - just wear it open with a dark turtleneck or top that puts more emphasis at the neckline rather than at the waist.
Women are going crazy right now for the oversized blazer which makes women look more sophisticated and edgy. Since it's winter, many women are committed to animal prints and menswear prints. As we approach spring, I think a pastel or floral print is perfect for the wardrobe. Trending for evening, my favorites are this sequin look, an elongated velvet look, a vibrant peplum, and my favorite trend of metallic, which looks so supa dupe and can be worn for both daytime and evening.
Tips for Finding the Perfect Blazer
Is your blazer wall-friendly? Here's a very easy tip that you can do in the dressing room to make sure that a blazer fits properly before you buy it. While wearing the blazer, stand near a wall and slowly lean into it. If the shoulder pad hits the wall first and scrunches up, it’s too big. If the shoulder pad and your natural shoulder touch the wall at the same time, it’s a good fit. If your natural shoulder rests against the wall but the shoulder pad does not, it’s too small.
Just like body shapes, blazers come in all different shapes too. Make sure that you purchase the one that will be the most flattering for you. Straight shape women (your bust, waist and hips are a continuous line) would do best to select a blazer that nip in at the waist to create a bit of curve in your silhouette. Pear shape women (your upper body is wider than your lower body) can favor slouchier fit blazers and stay away from shoulder pads all together - they will only add to your broader upper body. Apple shape women (wider throughout your midsection) are better opting for lightweight fabrics (ie: no heavy tweed, velvet or brocade) and look for a silhouette that cinches in slightly and hits below the hips to create a more defined waistline.
Here are more suggestions.
- Your blazer should be fitted across your shoulders and if you raise your arms up in the air, the fit shouldn't be tight at the armpits.
- The sleeves of your blazer should hit mid-thumb when your arms are down at your sides.
- You should be able to button your blazer without it pulling.
- If your between sizes then always favor sizing up.
- Don't be afraid of alterations. An intake at the waist or in the sleeve width can make all the difference to a polished look.
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