This one goes out to all the tiny petites out there. This H&M blazer runs TINY! I’m wearing a size 2, and I had to suck in to button it up. Here’s a photo assessment, with arrows inspired by my recent readings of Lucky Magazine and Kendi Everyday (seriously, how cute is her blog?):
As you can see, the shoulder fits really well, which is really important. The length is shrunken, which is great for petites, or ladies with shorter torso’s like myself. The waist is itty bitty, much smaller than the fit of size 2 H&M jackets I’ve tried in the past. The fabric is also nice and stretchy, so even though this jacket is too small for me, I’m still able to button it after a few stomach suck-ins.
Where it fails is the awkward sleeve length on me, which needs to be pushed up or cuffed, or else I look like my sleeves shrank in the wash (too short pants are called “floods”, but what are too short sleeves called? Hmm…). I won’t suggest altering this, because the H&M quality just isn’t worth it, so get creative with ways to shorten the cuffs if it hits you in an equally awkward spot..
The other major problem on me is actually caused because the waist is so itty bitty. My torso is short, so my natural waist is a little higher than most other women my size. The waist on the jacket is inching it’s way up because it wants to sit at my waist, so it’s bunching under my bust as the waist creeps up. I have this problem a lot, especially with dress shirts, and it drives me insane to no end.
Oh yes…and the stripes…well…I’ve either just broken out of jail, or am perusing a new career as a circus ring master. I thought the jacket was cute when I bought it, but now seeing these photos I’m not sure it’s me.
However, look at how flattering the stripes are from behind. Why, hello there curvy figure…where have you been all my life?
And, yes, I know my jeans are a little baggy. I did too much lounging on the couch in them and now they’ve stretched. Time for a wash and dry to shrink those suckers back up!
Final verdict - The fit of this jacket runs tiny, so if any ladies are smaller than myself, you might want to look into this one. At the time, I only saw this jacket in the navy stripes, but I do hope there will be more colors (and solid colors!) available in this same cut. If you have a short waist like me, expect some bunching, since the waist is really nipped on this blazer, but average to long-waisted gals should find a great fit.