Sample Results

Notes:

A double-breasted jacket with eight buttons.
Four are purely decorative and four close through buttonholes.
The vertical placement of the buttons is very slimming.
Always wear closed.

Your best style s will have close-set buttons.

You may have to have this jacket made for you to ensure a good fit over your bust.

Wear only if it fits perfectly.
Any vents in the back or pockets should not pull or gape.

Double Breasted for Sample

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 are accessorised by detailing will focus attention on your top half. Down play your bottom half with simple lines, colour and detailing.

- For double breasted jackets ensure the suit fabric is lightweight and smooth.

- Do not select 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. In addition by adding an `eyes-up' accessory such as a scarf, pin, necklace coloured collar etc, all the attention will be focused 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.

- Draw attention to your waistline by choosing jackets with waist definition.

Double Breasted

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 an outfit's 'attitude'. 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 these 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. Rectangular women best wear the long, boxy and stiff jacket, 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 that will be very slimming if you are over your ideal weight with 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 to provide balance to the body's horizontal proportions.

Jackets need to cater for the type of garments you intend to wearing underneath. For example, 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. On the other hand, lapel-less jackets give unlimited neckline and collar options for blouse and tops, while rolled lapels limit styles to those with no collars (e.g. camisoles) or those that climb the neck (e.g. turtlenecks).

A good fit is essential. Sleeves that are too long look dowdy and give the impression that the jacket is either too big for the wearer or 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.