A double-breasted jacket with six buttons.
Three are purely decorative and three close through buttonholes.
The strong vertical button placement visually elongates and slims the torso.
The more close-set the buttons the tall and slimmer you will look.
Always wear closed.
Double Breasted for Ellen
Jackets are an essential part of a woman's wardrobe. They instantly raise the formality of any outfit, can hide any number or torso challenges and can unite two unrelated upper and lower garments. Double breasted jackets are less commonly in fashion and have a more formal/dressy image than single breasted jackets, due to their military origin. Double breasted jackets are also not suitable to be worn open as their front panels will fall awkwardly. Single breasted jackets are by far the most versatile and have been able to be adapted to many more styles. When needing to give a business wardrobe a revamp, start with adding new tops, blouse and jackets, as they will be noticed first.
~ Jackets that have detailing at or above the bust line will take the focus off any challenges you may have below your waist.
~ Avoid jackets, dresses, vests or tops that very fitted down the back as these will emphasise your sway back.
~ When it comes to double breasted jackets ensure the fabric is medium to lightweight and smooth.
~ Avoid jackets with very rounded hemlines or those with wide inverted 'V' openings, as they will make you appear wider and heavier at the hemline.
~ For the slimmest appearance look for medium to dark colours, fine weaves solid colours, subtle patterns, non-bulky fabrics and perfect fit. ~ Addition a high placed accessory such as a scarf, brooch, necklace or detailed collar etc will place attention on your upper body.
~ Your vertical proportions make contoured jackets more flattering for you than stiff boxy styles. ~ Choose medium to medium-long jackets whenever possible.
~ Jackets with waistline emphasis will make the most of your small waist.
Jackets are one of the most comfortable, practical and versatile items in your wardrobe. They can be worn with everything from evening wear to jeans and can instantly change the 'attitude' of an outfit. They are essential items in any professional woman's wardrobe giving the wearer an air of professionalism and authority.
The blazer is the most classic of all the jackets and when purchased in a flattering neutral colour or a subtle pattern it makes a good starting point. Extra jackets can then be added for variety. When your wardrobe needs a boost purchase items for your top half first e.g. shirts, jackets, tops, scarves, vests as theses are noticed before skirts and pants.
Shaped jackets are the most flattering. Semi fitted jackets are flattering on everyone. Very fitted jackets are best left to the young, slim and shapely and are designed to be worn closed - left unbuttoned they will flare outwards. Long Boxy, stiff jackets are best worn by rectangular women but only if you are under 45 years old as they can cause the more mature wearer to take on a matronly appearance. Soft, unlined boxy jackets are flattering to everyone as they move with the body, giving it shape while hiding many figure concerns.
Worn open (unbuttoned) most jackets will show a strong vertical line which will be very slimming if you are over your ideal weight have a large bustline, thick waist or full hipline. Do not wear double-breasted jackets unbuttoned as they hang awkwardly.
Detailing such as pockets and lapels should be placed where they will provide balance to the body's horizontal proportions.
An allowance for size should be considered to cater for the type of garments you intend to wearing underneath. Lapels limit the styles of blouses and tops that can be successfully teamed with jackets e.g. clover leaf lapels do not co-ordinate well with pointed collars. Lapel-less jackets give unlimited neckline and collar options for blouse and tops, while rolled lapels limit styles to those that have no collars (e.g. camisoles) or those that climb the neck (e.g. turtlenecks).
Good fit is essential. Sleeves that are too long look dowdy and will give the impression that the jacket is either too big for the wearer or it belongs to someone else. The back of the collar should hug the back of the neck, the lapels should lay flat upon the chest and the length of the jacket should be consistent with your vertical proportions.