6 Things to Look for in a Suit Jacket for Women with Curves

Buying a good suit jacket is expensive, but there aren't many guides on what to look for. 

I've bought a lot of suit jackets, given away a lot, and finally found a few that work for me - my favorite being the Giorgio Armani jacket you see in this picture. 

So here's my take on the six things you should look for in a good suit jacket. Note that I'm a curvy woman, so this is what works for my body type. If you're curvy too, read on.

1. Not in men's suit fabric

A lot of brands, like Theory and Hugo Boss, sell women's suits in the same fabric as their men's suits. If you are curvy, then don't buy these suits. Men's suit fabrics are too stiff and don't drape well over the bust, instead falling in weird, stiff angles.

2. Single breasted

Similar to a double-breasted jacket, two or three buttons can box-out your torso in an unflattering way. Instead, I think a single button where you are the narrowest is the most flattering. For me, that's just under the bust. You can see in the picture that the silhouette of the jacket creates an X that makes you look shapely.

3. Single button where you are the narrowest

Similar to a double-breasted jacket, two or three buttons can box-out your torso in an unflattering way. Instead, I think a single button where you are the narrowest is the most flattering. For me, that's just under the bust. You can see in the picture that the silhouette of the jacket creates an X that makes you look shapely.

4. Cut away under the button

In the picture above, my jacket cuts away under the button. That is, you can see a bit of my shirt and the top of my skirt under the jacket button. I have another jacket where the jacket comes in under the button - you cannot see the top of my skirt or my shirt. This makes me look much more matronly. I think it's because you aren't getting a nice X silhouette.

5. Hit the top of your hips

I like a jacket to stop right at your hip bone, so I don't look too short. I'm 5'4" so this means I have to shorten a lot of the jackets I buy.

6. Narrow sleeves and tight arm holes

Having narrow sleeves and tight arm holes makes you look slim and tailored. It makes a huge difference - I have some jackets that make me look like I have huge, flabby arms. Not great. The narrow sleeves and tight arm holes are not particularly comfortable. I'm OK with that.

Do you have a favorite suit jacket? Why do you think it works for you? Let me know!


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