How Do I Choose the Best Long Blazer?

T. Alaine
T. Alaine
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When choosing a long blazer, it is important to consider your body shape and how to dress it in a flattering way. Long blazers, especially in oversized cuts or draped fabrics, can look casual, so it is also necessary to consider what level of dress or professionalism is appropriate for the occasion or environment where you will be wearing the blazer. A jacket is generally considered an investment piece and can often be somewhat expensive, so high quality and longevity should also be considered when choosing a long blazer.

Selecting the best long blazer for your body type will be easiest if you already know what proportions or styles are flattering to your individual figure. For example, petite individuals who wish to wear a long blazer might be overwhelmed by excess fabric if the chosen style is too “relaxed,” or cut too loosely. People whose upper bodies are larger than their lower bodies might select a long blazer with a deep v-neck to visually lengthen and streamline the body. Anyone concerned with definition at the midsection should look for a jacket that is tapered inward or cinched at the waist. These examples are not exhaustive, but serve as a reminder that not all long blazers will flatter every body type, and it may take a few tries to find the one best suited to you.

A characteristic of long blazers is that they tend to look slightly less casual than a fitted blazer in a traditional length. For this reason, it is important to consider the event or environment where you will be wearing the blazer and make fabric and fit choices with this information in mind. If the occasion is informal and a casually styled long blazer is appropriate, you might look for a slightly loose, relaxed-fit option. Casual fabrics such as linen and cotton will look easy-going and feel comfortable. Occasions that are more formal or professional might call for a sturdier, more structured material in a well-tailored cut to compensate for the longer, less traditional silhouette of the jacket.

Of course, as with any article of clothing, you also want to make sure that the item you purchase is of high enough quality for the price you pay. Blazers can be relatively expensive compared to other pieces, so if you are going to make the investment, be sure to choose one that is sewn well with no loose threads, is constructed from high quality material, and preferably comes with extra buttons. Selecting a long blazer in a neutral color such as black, tan, grey, or navy blue will increase the wear value by allowing you to incorporate it into multiple outfits for different occasions.

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