Hanna Marin. A style guru, fashionista, the sexy, blazer-wearing girl with snappy one-liners on Pretty Little Liars. We know her, we love her, we admire her but mostly we just want her clothes. Hanna is no stranger to the blazer as a fashion necessity. Hanna is constantly found in a colorful, swanky look that embodies femininity and the latest trends. Yet, no matter how often styles change, Hanna is rarely found without her signature blazer.
Many women feel apprehensive when it comes to making what they would consider risky style choices. As a woman who generally is in a no fuss, speed this up mood (I’m an Aries) taking the time to lie out an outfit that is chic and fashion-forward is not on my agenda. There are days when I forget to brush my hair and toss it in a messy bun, when I’m running out the door, trying to sip coffee without spilling it all over my shirt. I’m not always successful in that endeavor.
As a girl who recently went blazer shopping, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There are so many choices out there, not only in size, length, and style but you have prints, colors, and leather trim now. What’s important when blazer shopping is to know what fits and how to tell.
Firstly, the sleeves should extend over your wrist about a ¼ down your palm. A blazer will ride up a little as you move and nothing looks quite as bad as a blazer that is too short so that it looks small.
Secondly, padded shoulders. As a twenty-something millennial, the old padded shoulder is something I balked at, I thought, why in the world is that necessary? Let me tell you why. The padded shoulder gives a clean line that emphasizes posture and sleek professionalism. You will look put together and sophisticated. The shoulders on a blazer are of equal importance to length. Check out the lines, they should come to the edge of your shoulder, not sag down your arm.
Thirdly, length is everything. Depending if you want to look sassy or classy, maybe a little bit of both, how long your blazer is and where it rests is of paramount importance. A one-button blazer is flirty, fun, and if the button is above your belly button can give you a trim, hourglass figure. Make sure that the pockets of the blazer don’t rest on your hips and that the length doesn’t fall there either, unless you’re looking to maximize your hip size. If you’re blazer comes to mid-thigh it’s a little too long. Find a happy medium that flatters your figure and makes you feel comfortable.
Always remember to accessorize. The rule of five is essential to completing a classic, yet funky, professional look. The rule of five means only five pieces of jewelry, no more. Each earring counts as one piece. Over accessorizing can take you from trend setting to tired in seconds. A statement necklace is a nice touch; if you’re more conservative a simple pendant or pearls work well. No more than one bangle, ladies. Clanging, noisy jewelry is not a plus.
Jordan White is a blogger, writer, beta reader, coffee chugging (yes, you read that right) graduate student in Russian and East European studies. She likes fashion, YA fiction, historical dramas and Indian food. When she’s not speeding through foreign policy documents, she can be found watching teen TV and eating too much popcorn. Horoscopes, zodiac, palmistry, and tarot are her guilty pleasures and she believes everything you need to know about her is embodied in her sign--Aries.