Your Shape, Your Style? Jackets To Avoid

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Your Shape, Your Style? Jackets To Avoid

Curvy

What not to wear: Rectangular, boxy shapes

Why it doesn't work: Curvy shapes should emphasize their smaller waists with pieces that cinch in the middle. 

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Curvy

What to wear instead: Cinched waist blazer

Why it works: Draws attention to your best feature. Wear open with a fitted top underneath or buttoned for the full effect.

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Photo Credit: Anthropologie

 

Other jacket styles to avoid for curvy shapes...

This boxy shape doesn't flatter Adele's curvaceous look.

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Queen Latifah's boxy jacket hits her a little too high, we recommend a slightly longer jacket with a little more definition that accentuates her waist line.

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Apple

What not to wear: Puffer jacket

Why it doesn't work: Apple-shaped women tend to gain weight around their midsections. Short puffy jackets add too much volume to your top half.

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Photo Credit: Uniqlo

Apple

What to wear instead: Classic, belted trench 

Why it works: The belt defines the waist, and the v-neck elongates the torso. Just make sure it hits at the right spot - upper/mid thigh. 

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Photo Credit: Gap

Other great jacket styles for apple shapes...

Khloe Kardashian loves her curves and this jean jacket hits her waistline perfectly.

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Petite

What not to wear: Voluminous shapes

Why it doesn't work: Outerwear with a lot of volume overwhelms petite frames. Leave jackets like this to your much-taller cousin.

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Photo Credit: Saks Fifth Avenue

Petite

What to wear instead: V-neck, 3/4 length jacket

Why it works: The v-neck elongates and the and 3/4 length keep your look proportional.

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Photo Credit: Bloomingdales

Boyish

What not to wear: Double-breasted jackets

Why it doesn't work: Double-breasted tailoring keeps the boxy shape of a boyish frame.

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Photo Credit: H&M

Boyish

What to wear instead: Tailored, waist-cinching jacket

Why it works: This bright jacket's flattering tailoring and cinched waist give boyish figures shape without adding bulk.

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Photo Credit: LOFT

Other jacket styles to avoid for boyish shapes...

Natalie Portman's boyish figure is disguised in this bulky jacket.

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Jessica Biel's jacket cinches perfectly at the waist to accentuate her boyish build.

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Athletic

What not to wear: Cropped boxy jacket that is narrow at the hip

Why it doesn't work: This is the equivalent of wearing shoulder pads, which is the last thing you want to do with an athletic build. 

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Photo Credit: J. Crew

Athletic

What to wear instead: Cropped jacket with oversized pockets and draping

Why it works: Soft volume helps fill out the narrower hips on athletic builds. If you have long arms, roll up the sleeves to make them 3/4 length.

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Tall

What not to wear: Roomy, loose, hip-length jackets

Why it doesn't work: This cut is overwhelming paired with a tall frame.

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Photo Credit: Ann Taylor

Tall

What to wear instead: Colored, cropped, boxy jacket that narrows at the waist

Why it works: A colored jacket like this when paired with other solids helps beak up a tall figure, and the interesting neckline accentuates a long neck. As always with tall women, pay attention to sleeve length.

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Photo Credit: LOFT

Other great jacket styles for tall shapes...

This A-Line jacket on Gwyneth Paltrow gives her great length and dimension.

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Now that you've see what not to wear, shop some of our favorite jackets for fall? Click here to shop our List of the Jackets We Love

 

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Sarah Jessica Parker

 

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We're in the thick of jacket season right now and it's time to invest in one if you haven't already. But one size does not fit all when it comes to...well...almost anything, but especially jackets. This is a piece you'll wear day in and day out, night after night with a variety of outfits, so it's critical that it flatters your shape. Length, cut, neckline, and countless other details can make or break your fall staple.

As part of our new series focused on dressing for your body type, we've found some of the best and worst jackets for the most common female shapes out there.

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