Reader Spotlight: I have a straight frame. What kind of blazer should I wear?

Hi Lazina, I work in a corporate office environment and wear blazers everyday. I have a really straight, rectangular body type and never seem to find jackets and blazers that look great on my frame. I see other women wearing blazers who seem to look a lot more feminine in the same garment. I don’t want to look like a man but maybe I don’t really have a choice because of my body type. Help! ~P HI P, First off, don’t settle. You don’t have to wear boring, shapeless blazers. Here’s a tip that I share with all my clients: Make the clothes work for you. You don’t have to work for the clothes.  Right? Here’s my first tip for you. Regardless of whether you have a narrow or wide straight, or rectangle, body type, you’re going to want to visually create curve in your frame. Garments, with the right cut, can do this for you. Though these blazers (below) may by trendy, they are likely not right for your body type: I love this ISSA jacket but this isn’t going to best highlight your frame. This flowy boyfriend blazer, from Aritzia, is great but is going to do nothing to visually create curves for you. I’m not sure what your personal style is but here are some blazers with cuts that will: visually bring focus to your waistline create more contrast between your waistline and your shoulders and hips 1. DSQUARED (Farfetch) 2. Giambattista Valli ( 3. Dolce & Gabbana (Farfetch) Good luck!  

Reader Spotlight/Friday Find: Finding a Navy Wool Coat

Hi All, I decided to switch it up today and combine a Friday Find post with a Reader Spotlight post. Enjoy!   Hi Lazina, I’m on the hunt for a classic navy wool coat for winter. I can’t seem to find what I’m looking for. I’d like a 3/4 length coat with gold buttons. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help! Jenn    Hi Jenn, I love that you’re looking for this classic coat – both in colour and style. Here are my suggestions for you: H&M- Reefer Jacket ($79.95) Smythe- Birkin Coat (~$1100 @ MARC by MARC JACOBS- Nicoletta Wool Coat ($990 @ Trina Turk- Double Breasted Lambswool and Cashmere Officer’s Coat (~$600 @ Nordstroms) ZARA- Double Breasted Wool Coat ($59.99) * Style Tip- switch out these buttons for vintage-inspired gold ones Happy coat hunting!  

Reader Spotlight: I bought this blazer and don’t know what to wear with it

Hi Lazina, I bought this awesome Smythe blazer earlier this season.  I love it but I’m not sure what to do with it or how to wear it to work.  Can I still wear it now? What about wearing it into fall? Thanks for your help. A. Smythe Lace Blazer- Mint Hi A, Great blazer!  I can certainly appreciate the fact that this colour may be tricky to wear.  Here are some suggestions to create a work-appropriate look. I’d go with a light-medium grey pencil skirt (maybe a subtle pinstripe if you have that).  This will work well into fall so not need to switch it out for the obvious black pant or skirt for the change in season. I like the lines in this skirt; this will be very flattering. I’d go with a soft patterned blouse that is light and flowy.  It’ll still have a summery feel but, under a blazer, it will transition well to the early days of fall.  Also, make sure you look for something that isn’t too matchy-matchy. Here’s my suggestions (and this one is on sale… yay!). For the rest of summer, I’d opt for a nude pump (open toe is great).  For fall, switch to a classic pump with a bit of a twist (navy suade.. yes!). Here is a suggestion for the fall (I’m sure you’ve got nude pumps covered). Here are s few accessory ideas for you. Happy styling!