The power of the blazer is oh so real. No matter the pairing of choice the blazer instantly contributes a polished finishing touch. It is a staple wardrobe piece that isn’t going anywhere and never disappoints.
For this particular look I chose a boyfriend styled blazer by J. Crew in a lovely navy pinstripe. The quality is absolutely amazing. It is lined with a beautiful cobalt blue colored silk that allows for the perfect draping. Now I am on the petite side (5′ 2 1/2″), and it is often suggested smaller frames should only stick with cropped or shorter styled blazers. I personally disregard that suggestion. In my opinion it’s all in the styling. If strategically styled, longer loose cuts can contribute to a lean and longer looking physique whether you are vertically challenged or not. I happen to love long, loose, and flowy styled clothing in general so I make it work for my frame by compensating in other areas within my styling.
Now for a shorty such as I, a common styling method to achieve long and lean with this specific blazer cut would be monochrome. As much as I love and utilize monochromatic styling, I too want to cash in on some color contrasting from time to time. So, here was my strategy in pulling off a longer styled blazer with my petite frame in a none monochromatic format:
→I color blocked the blazer with an “equally” strong contrasting colored top. This automatically draws our focus upwards to the strong complementing color tones; therefore deters focus on any vertical challenges.
→I kept the bottom half neutral all the way down to the shoe. Don’t forget, leopard print is in the neutral family. So take advantage of that extra punch it has to offer. It’s one of those amazing touches that instantly takes a look to the next level. It’s magically subtle and strong at the same time.
→I folded the blazer sleeves at 3/4 and tucked in two tiers of ruffles that were at the bottom of the blouse. This prevented any drowning affects to my smaller frame. Believe it or not, these small tweaks are often times where the magic happens in our styling. We are all different shapes and sizes so naturally clothing is going to have different end results for each of us. You would be surprised what a small adjustment of unbuttoning a button on a blouse, folding a sleeve or pant, or tucking in here and there will do.
→The bag is yet another splash of color, yet coordinates with the blazer lining; which then again draws your eyes right back up.
Now I am definitely not suggesting my approach above is the only approach. I’m simply explaining how I made these pieces in this particular look work for my frame. 🙂
On another note, let’s not forget that in “most” cases a blazer is a layering piece. Meaning you can take it off if need be! Which comes in really handy if you live here in Houston where the weather is ridiculously unpredictable. You can be cold in the 40’s one hour and then toasty in the 90’s a few hours later. So crazy! Which is pretty much what happened while shooting this look. But it worked out because this chestnut ruffle tiered top by Who What Wear is a beauty and deserves to have it’s own center stage as well. The color, the ruffle details, the fabric, are all so amazing. Pure stunner!
Unfortunately this blouse is no longer available (boo hoo), but I have linked some similar pieces below. Which by the way, there are soooo many cute ruffled tops right now!! I could have linked hundreds. However I just stuck to similar looks and colored tones reflected in this post.
In conclusion, I encourage you to try to keep an open mind when it comes to fashion and styling. Try not to immediately rule out something you like based on what is perhaps suggested for your frame. Evaluate the unwanted appeal and just play around with varies styling techniques until you achieve what works best for you and your frame. It doesn’t always work out in our favor, but sometimes it can if we tweak and customize it to our needs.
What type of techniques do you use to make certain garments work in your favor? I would love to hear them.
Thank you for reading. I hope this sparked some inspiration whether your a shorty or not. 😉 Look forward to hearing from you.
BLAZER J. Crew (similar) || TOP Who What Wear (similar) (similar) (similar) (similar) (similar)|| SKINNIES White House Black House (similar) || BAG Forever 21 (similar) (similar)|| SHOES Vintage (similar)
ALL IMAGES: Broken Light Bulb