One of the most important pieces in a woman’s office wardrobe is the blazer. It can be paired with a variety of other pieces and instantly make you look more professional, but this can only be accomplished if your blazer fits properly. You will look much better in a well-fitting inexpensive blazer than a poorly fitting fancy blazer. Here are a few ways you can make sure your blazer fits properly:
1) Have a professional shopper help you – No, this does not have to cost money. You just go to many of the major chains and make an appointment. Your shopper earns commission on your purchases. Let your shopper know you are looking for the perfect blazer before you go so you make sure you have someone who knows what they are doing.
2) Know what to look for – Make sure to check that the length of the blazer’s sleeves measure half-way down your thumb when your arms are extended forward; the back should be close fitting, not tight, and the bottom should just reach your hip. Don’t buy the blazer if you can’t check these off of your list or if you are unwilling to have minor alterations done.
3) Don’t be afraid of tailoring – If you love a blazer, but aren’t convinced of its fit, don’t be afraid to get some minor tailoring done. Most dry cleaners can help you with basic tailoring for low prices, so expect the cost of the blazer to go up, but not necessarily much over $20. If you have trouble finding the perfect size, buy one size up since it is easier for a tailor to take your jacket in than to extend it.
4) Skip the trends – If you want value for your dollar, skip the trendy blazers. They will quickly become dated. Go with a classic and simple jacket that will stand the test of time.