Fashion and Lifestyle Sense for Real Women with Real Bodies!
REASONS WHY BLAZERS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND
I am personally mounting a coast-to-coast campaign to create a national holiday to celebrate - the blazer. It's the one item in every woman's wardrobe that can make or break her day.
Blazers rock and here's proof. Catholic nuns, although not usually known for their fashion sense, almost always pick blazers for student attire. When corporations want to enhance their image, what do they have their personnel wear? And when stewardesses give their first class passengers that "come hither" look, nine times out of ten, what are they wearing? You guessed it.
Like women, blazers come in all shapes and sizes. And like women, they work best when you know their strengths and steer clear of their weaknesses.
So here's how you can make blazers work for you.
-- Tailored blazers are best when you want to give that unquestionable,
totally together look. As long as the colors are tasteful, you can wear
them anywhere you want to dress-to-impress - a corporate job interview
or meeting with prospective in-laws. If you wear a blazer with a matching
skirt, that's a great business look. If you wear it over matching pants,
it's a look that goes from business to upscale pleasure. You can also
give a sharp new twist to a casual look by pairing a blazer with jeans
or leather pants. Then there's the double-breasted variety. (Is the term
double-breasted redundant?) This style is a good choice if you want to
kick the tailored-look up even more. But be careful. When it comes to
body shape, single breasted and double-breasted blazers are not created
equal. (See the Beware section below).
UNSTRUCTURED BLAZERS -- For a "together" look that's a little more casual, try an unstructured blazer. It has a looser cut with no defined waist and may or may not have details like shoulder pads or lapels. The fabrics are more varied and have a freer feel. To maximize my dressing options, I also include cardigan-type sweaters, jackets and "big blouses" in this category. When worn with a scarf or jewelry and skirt or pants in matching tones, a sweater or jacket can give you a sharp ensemble. Since this style is more relaxed, it is therefore more versatile. It can carry you through several occasions on the same day. For instance, an unstructured blazer can take you straight from the boardroom at work to your daughter's soccer game.
BEWARE - Like with everything in life, blazers have their dark side depending on your body shape. (See Body Shapes in our book Dress Me Now.) Any kind of detail in the wrong places can add pounds or highlight parts of your body that you would prefer to take a backseat. If you're big on the bottom, beware pockets or any eye-catching detail near the hem. If you're big on top, be careful of double-breasted blazers or single-breasted ones with high pockets, piping, wide lapels or big shoulder pads. Big shoulders went out with Joan Crawford in Dynasty anyway. They'll probably be back in tomorrow but for now, leave the wide shoulders to the wide receivers.
******Janet Behmer and Shirley Pierce are the authors of the book that's changing the way women think about clothes and themselves -- Dress Me Now: How to Make Your Wardrobe Behave. http://www.dressmenow.com
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