How to Fit Women's Suit Jackets Properly

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How to Fit Women's Suit Jackets Properly
Fit Women's Suit Jackets Properly

In the professional world women must have at least one good business suit in their wardrobe. A proper fit is imperative to achieve a stylish and professional look. You can determine the proper fit of a suit jacket by knowing how the different parts should look in relation to your body.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Check to be sure the jacket of your suit is not so large that it gives you an untidy appearance. To look your best it should fit fairly snugly and shouldn't pull or gap in the bust area when buttoned. At the same time, be certain the buttons line up properly with the button holes.

  2. 2

    Examine the shoulders of the jacket to ensure that it fits properly. To look neat and fitted you want the shoulder seams to be centered along the top of your own shoulders. The correct fit is loose enough to allow you full range of motion while keeping a smooth drape from the top of the shoulders downward.

  3. 3

    Stretch your arms straight up and check the mirror to be sure that the bottom of the jacket doesn't ride up to a position that leaves your abdomen exposed. At the same time, check to be sure the front, back and both sides of the hem all remain even.

  4. 4

    Extend your arms out from your sides then move them straight out in front of yourself checking to be sure the sleeves don't pull above your wrist bones with either of these movements. If you choose to wear a traditional long-sleeve button-down shirt with your suit the sleeves of the suit should leave about ½ inch of shirt cuff showing.

  5. 5

    Inspect the lapels to be sure they lie flat against the jacket. Women with with smaller busts and shoulders may go for larger lapels, while women with larger busts or shoulders should choose smaller lapels. However, irregardless of the style of lapels that you choose, you want the lapels to lay flat against your body and not bunch up when the jacket is buttoned.

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