Did you know that 80% of women are allegedly wearing the wrong bra size their whole lives? It’s like there’s a whole science around picking the right bra size that we’ll never learn. This, in slightly lower numbers can be applied to suits as well, but that’s mainly because they are not as frequent as bras. If they were, the numbers would probably be higher. The thing with suits is that it’s not very noticeable that it doesn’t fit perfectly. It’s not just about the right size and length, there are a few points in between that you have to meet in order to improve your look from OK to perfect! That doesn’t mean that you have to become a tailor and develop super powers to know how to recognize a proper suit. Just know your body shape and what to look for in a perfect chic look.
The right measures
Let’s have a short recap on width and length first. While some of these methods may be old-fashioned,they will never let you down. In order for your suit jacket to fit perfectly, it shouldn’t be more than one to two inches away from your chest when you pull it. The seams on your sleeves have to be aligned with the outer edge of your shoulders. Pants’ length can vary depending on how high of a heel you’re wearing. Both the front and back of a shoe should be visible when standing straight.
They don’t say “dress to impress” for nothing. Your confidence is really the key to success and perfectly tailored ladies suits are one way to achieve that. You can wear both pants and skirt suits, but a straight skirt would be the leading option if you’re a little curvier. Nothing pleated or full, you don’t want to add more texture and bulk.
The next one is a universally applicable piece of advice. Always buy suits that are sold as sets, instead of trying to mix two separates together, especially if you’ll wear it for a job interview, work or a business meeting. They’ll look much more professional and formal, and you can save separates for more casual occasions.
If you want to emphasize your waist and create curves, choose a structured, slightly cropped jacket. It should end just below your waist. Pencil skirts should reach your knee cap, or they can be an inch or two above the knees.
Reminder: Skirt suits are used to be much more conservative to wear for working women than pants. Luckily, times have changed, so today you don’t need to make a big difference between them career-wise, but still if you are operating in a professional setting,“ buttons up”! Button any buttons you have on your blazer.
A tucked-in shirt or blouse that you wear underneath a blazer usually looks good, but not if you don’t have perfectly defined waist. Choose a blouse that’s same length or shorter than the blazer and wear it over your pants. Never wear a blouse that’s longer than your blazer! Darker colors are more forgiving to any problem areas, but always try to make the color contrast between the suit and the blouse. Just be careful with a black-suit-white-shirt outfit when you’re attending a business dinner because you might end up looking like a hotel staff member.That’s where accessories come in. Style it with statement earrings or necklace for an effortless look.
Suits usually come with sewn pockets. You’re supposed to open them before you start wearing them, but consider all the options first. Sometimes, it would look better if some parts remain shut, especially if you won’t be using them. That way, they won’t crease and bulk, on your pants for example, when you’re sitting down. Tailoring alterations are good options if your requirements are particularly demanding, most commonly if you’re very tall, or very short.