I don’t think of myself as a girly girl, but I’ve also never been one to embrace the men’s wear look. I love the look of brogues but frankly, my feet feel too large to look either cute or flattering in a chunky menswear type shoe. Structured blazers have also never been my thing because they make my shoulders look even wider than they are. Plaid fell into that men’s wear category for me until last winter when I tried some here and here.
This fall, like every fall, plaid is back on the scene in a big way. I’d had my eye out for some plaid shoes to update my look and also been on the hunt for a blazer. I’m seeing a lot of longer blazers this fall and curious to try one.
When I spotted this jacket on the Talbots website, I knew it had great potential. Its pale colors are soft against my complexion and the small plaid is a good proportion for my height.
The waist shaping helps feminize this blazer and prevents the boxiness so many men’s wear blazers have. It’s popular to add a belt to blazers this fall so I played around to see if I like the look, and I do. The belt visually shortens the blazer which improves the proportion on me.
Here’s the blazer without the belt. It still has waist definition and a feminine vibe. I like it both ways.
SHOP THE LOOK
I have long arms and torso, with short legs so I wasn’t sure whether I needed the petite or regular length. It turns out the petite looked too short to be a long blazer and too long to be a short blazer. In between was OK but I wanted to try the new long look so bought the regular size 6.
I’m easing into the menswear look but finding proof once again that we should never say never about fashion. I’ve also discovered the long blazer look needn’t be reserved for the tall gals among us.
Have you tried the new longer blazer?
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