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I’ve talked before about how I don’t wear jeans that often… if I do it’s a loose boyfriend style or slightly more fitted ‘girlfriend’ style like these. Besides finding them mostly uncomfortable, I find that jeans can sometimes be too casual for me. Yes, I work from home now, but 10 years of ‘dressing for the job I want’ meant NEVER being seen in jeans.
Anyway, I have now found a happy medium in wearing the comfortable looser jean style I like, while still looking professional. The secret is a longline blazer and blouse. You all know a blazer and blouse looks put together, but I’m here to stress the importance of these being longer in length than your regular hip-grazing styles.
A longline blazer and blouse can revolutionize your jeans. Now, not only is your tush covered, but that uncomfortable spot where your blouse hits or tucks into your jeans waistband is completely hidden. The entire look is flattering for all body types and instantly lengthens the silhouette. Ideally a longline blazer and blouse combo should hit about 5-6″ below your hip line. This should cover the crotch point, and graze over your hips leading the eye straight to your legs.
When looking for longer blazers, look for a less structured style for more movement. Silk, velvet and other draped fabrics are nice for a slimming effect. Also, look for thin and elongated collars or no collar at all. Chunky or contrast collars can look too costum-y.
For blouses, sheer panels, asymmetry and ruffle/lace/embroidery detail are all nice elements to help play up the length. You can also layer a cropped sweater or tee over a longer blouse to give a different effect, if you would like to incorporate more warmth or texture.
Shop my longline blazer and blouse suggestions below!