Blazers and Things to Consider When Buying One
Posted: Jan 12 2018 by Lookbook Store
Ask a fashion expert for a list of wardrobe must-haves for women, and the blazer will surely be one of the pieces on top of the list. We really couldn’t ignore that there is something undeniably attractive and sophisticated when it comes to a perfect-fitting blazer. Wear a blazer with your pair of trousers and a button-down shirt, and you’ll be ready for an important business meeting. Be party-ready as you wear it in the evening over your sexy tank top and skinny jeans. Indeed, nobody can resist this piece’s versatility.
There is no question when it comes to its versatility and classiness. But all must ask, how do you pick the perfect blazer? With a large variety of styles and designs that appears in stores today, it can be a bit challenging to pick the perfect one. And when you say perfect it is something that perfectly fits your personality and body type, and at the same time just right for the event and occasion at hand. While the rules wearing outerwear for women are more flexible than that of the men, we still need to pay attention to some details to ensure that it’ll be adding up to our fabulousness.
And there could be no better way to choose the best one for you than by understanding the structure of blazers. So here, we’ve gathered and did our best to explain the different elements of a blazer that you need to consider when choosing one.
#1 Single-Breasted VS. Double-Breasted
So what’s the difference between a single-breasted blazer and a double-breasted one? Simple. Double-breasted blazers has two rows of buttons. The two sides overlap and button-up to one side. While single-breasted blazers’ sides button-up at the center of the torso.
Take note! Double-breasted blazers are really great for women who are slim and lean. But keep in mind that single-breasted coats like the one below are much more classic and easier to dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Navy Back-Slit Notched Lapel Blazer
A blazer’s number of buttons can completely change how it looks by the way it fits and complements a certain body type. Let’s talk about it one by one.
One-Button Blazers: These are more casual, but they are usually a little bit more difficult to pull off. Its button closure should be closed at the narrowest part of your waist for it to fit well or else chances that it will look a bit sloppy and crinkled are high.
Two-Button Blazers: These are more work-appropriate than those with single button. Why? Since it comes with two buttons, you don’t have to button it up directly on the narrowest section of your torso. This makes it look more structured and smooth.
Three-Button Blazers: These blazers are usually worn on more formal occasions. But please do take note that this style doesn’t flatter woman are not so tall because its buttons start a bit higher.
Multi-Button Blazers: These are probably the most versatile. Since it has buttons running all over its full length, it can look different on different body type depending on its style.
Take note! Remember to know which among this fits your body type. Always choose the one that flatters your body the most. If you want to be safe, you could always choose blazers with multi buttons.
Just like buttons, there are also different lapel styles. There is surely one style that is best for a specific occasion as well as body type.
Notch: Almost all single-breasted blazers have this lapel style. This style flatters almost all body types and can be worn on your casual days or even to work. In this style, the bottom collar meets the upper part of the lapel at a 75-90 degree angle.
Peak: This style is somehow slimming. It is also known as pointed lapel and is not so common in everyday fashion because it can be extremely formal and fashion-forward.
Shawl: Shawl lapels has rounded edges and they are more popular on men for formal occasions. Take a look at the gorgeous example below. But they can be designed for women too and can be styled for casual settings as well.
Take note! Pick a lapel that complements your body type. Small lapels do wonders on petite women. While bold and dramatic lapels look gorgeous on plus-sized women.
Shoulder pads give blazers proper shape and structure. Never pick a blazer with too wide paddings because it will make you look broader than you really are. On the other hand, too small or narrow shoulders will enlarge your arms and will leave you feeling uncomfortable because of tightness.
Take note! Shoulder pads should end on your natural shoulder’s end. If you are not comfy with shoulder pads, choose a blazer with less. Do not remove them completely as it affects the blazers full structure.
According to fashion gurus, the perfect sleeve should end at the part where your thumb and wrist connects when you are standing with your arms on your sides. The width of the sleeves should also allow some room for layering. However, it shouldn’t be too wide ‘cause it can make your piece look oversized. The one below is definitely a perfect example.
Take note! Choose blazers with functional sleeve buttons as much as possible rather than the aesthetic ones. They would be of great help if you feel like rolling up your sleeves for a slightly casual look.
Again, a blazer’s length flatters a woman’s body depending on its shape or type. Understanding the following may help you choose the perfect one.
Hip-Length: This blazer with hem that hits mid-hip is the most common length for blazers and is flattering for most body type.
Waist-Length: This type draws attention to the waist and is good for most women. This style is quite popular as well.
Cropped: This is a very casual style and it is best for women who are slim.
Long: This may not be the most common style for everyday use, but this is surely the most stylish. This is a great option for women who wants to cover their hips completely.
Take note! Every woman should have a waist-length blazer in their closet. It is a perfect go-to choice for both formal and casual occasions.
Here are the other things you need to consider when buying a blazer.
Fabric: The material of a blazer has a huge impact on its durability and yes, its price. You can pick from a variety of materials such as velvet, cotton, satin, linen, wool, or even leather. And that depends on the weather condition and on your mood, of course.
Pockets: The size and placement of pockets can also change how a blazer looks. Large, bulky pockets can widen the hips. While small and angled pockets can create an illusion of curves.
Color: Versatility is the key when it comes to color. Neutral colors such as black, grey, white, or beige can be beautifully worn over anything and are great for the workplace. Bolder colors such as red and yellow are great for night outs.
Pattern: Patterned blazers may not be for everyone but they are indeed a great way to make a statement. From pinstripes to floral to animal prints, there are surely many choices nowadays but again you should choose according to the occasion and on your body type plus your comfort level.
There you go, gals. Just keep these tips in mind and you’ll never go wrong when it comes to blazers.