When you need to add an extra layer to your outfit, cardigans or jumpers can sometimes make work ready look a bit too casual. Fortunately, there’s a way to maintain your office-ready style without being cold – and that’s with tailoring.
Smart jackets or blazers are a go-to item during the cooler months. They’re great for getting you to and from the office, and they look oh-so smart at the same time. But how do you choose the right one for your outfit?
Best for dresses
If you’re opting for the classic silhouette dress, your choice of jacket is pretty much endless. The only thing to bear in mind is that you don’t want your coat to be much longer than your dress. A cropped style works perfectly, while those that prefer something with more coverage can’t go wrong with a classic trench cut.
Pairing with trousers
Straight-leg or skinny trousers provide the ideal starting point for choosing a jacket. A pair of pants that sit on your waist or lower can help create the ultimate office-smart look, and versatile trousers lend themselves well to most styles of jacket.
If you’re wearing trousers with more of a boot-cut flare to them, go for a jacket that’s more close-fitting. For example, a jacket with a nipped-in waist can help prevent your look from seeming too layered on your lower half, bringing balance to your outfit.
The perfect fit
Whatever style of blazer or jacket you choose; the most important thing is to make sure it fits you properly. If a jacket doesn’t fit, it’s often most noticeable on your arms and shoulders, so make sure the shoulder seams sit comfortably on the very edge of your shoulder. You should be able to raise your arms out in front of you without it pulling too much on your jacket, too.
The sleeves of your jacket should stop just on your wrist bone. If you wear a watch, this should be just about covered by your sleeve when you have your arms down. Most tailored jacket styles look great with the arms folded up or left down – but make sure it fits correctly both ways before you buy!
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