Which Suit Jacket Flatters Your Body Shape

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Commonly worn to work, suit jackets add polish and a professional look to a pair of trousers or a skirt. There are many styles of women's suit jackets to fit every silhouette, so ensure you choose the jacket that is figure-flattering and highlights your shape the best. Men can also benefit from some shopping suggestions to purchase a stylish suit jacket that gives the best silhouette.

 

Slim

For thin women, double-breasted jackets create the illusion of a curvier figure. Look for jackets that have embellishments like ruffles or pockets to create more curves. Avoid single-breasted designs. A cropped jacket that hugs your waist is a good choice. A tapered style is best, and you should choose a suit jacket that buttons at the waist, such as a boyfriend blazer, especially if you lack curves. Slim men should stick to streamlined designs which are not too loose in the shoulders and button easily without gapping. Men should try pinstripes to add volume to their look.

 

Curvy

For women with curves, the most flattering shape is an hourglass. Pick a tailored jacket that fits close to the body and nips in at the waist to flatter your small waist and create a shapely figure. Choose a single-breasted jacket to avoid unnecessary bulk, and opt for a V-neckline. Select a jacket with no front pockets or oversized embellishments. Keep your jacket style simple, and avoid anything too boxy, which is unflattering for curvy figures.

 

Petite/Short

Women should not overload a small frame with too-large jackets. Keep the bottom of the jacket above your hips, and avoid shoulder pads or embellishments. To make your legs look longer and keep proportions correct, wear a short jacket to give the illusion of height. Wear a fitted jacket that buttons at the waist, and avoid patterns; stick with solid shades. A chic, biker style jacket is a good option. Men who are short in stature should avoid long jackets and opt for tailored styles that hit at the fingertips.

 

Plus Size/Big and Tall

Any jacket you can button or tie at the waist emphasises your narrowness in the middle. Avoid baggy and long jackets and make the most of your shape instead of camouflaging it. A structured jacket or blazer defines your body, so a tailored look is the most flattering. Choose a sleek jacket without embellishments, and keep it hip length. Opt for darker colours, which are more flattering than light shades and prints. If you are larger on the bottom, then balance your proportions by wearing a jacket with defined shoulders. Big or tall men should stick to suits without oversized lapels, and go with jackets that have a structured look with even shoulder proportions to balance out the body.

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