10-17-16 THIS WEEK: Figure Fixing Jackets

October 17, 2016, 2:12 pm by MSP


Great style is attainable for every woman. I know this in my heart of hearts. However, I know there are plenty of women out there that would disagree. Their reasoning might be that some women are born with a "fashion gene" and others, are not. I couldn't disagree more. As a stylist, I have worked for years with women who thought they could not be stylish, and yet I've managed to change their opinion. How did I do it? I showed them a few fashion tricks, shared a few tips, and got them into a great fitting jacket-just right for their shape! 


A great fitting jacket can balance every woman's shape.

This week I'll show you the best jacket styles just right for you!

Style is a learned behavior. As women learn about style week by week, here at MissusSmartyPants.com-they soon learn how to select only their best silhouettes and proportions. That's one of the biggest components of great style--wearing only your most flattering styles. When you learn to select the best---you leave the rest on the racks! This means you've learned how to be stylish by working with your shape-and that's when your look really starts to come together! But wait...there's a bonus: it makes shopping easier too! 

A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed and asked"As a fashion stylist what would you say is the number ONE item should every woman should own?" That's a great question! But the problem is, I could not just pick one item. I quickly thought of 4 must-have's for every woman's wardrobe! 

With multiples of these four (4) items below; any woman can look fabulous for ANY occasion.

4 pieces for every woman's wardrobe:

1. A structured jacket

2. Straight-leg slacks

3. An A-line skirt

4. A classic quality shoe


Your best "Figure Fixer"... a structured jacket!

A jacket can add an edgy vibe, make a casual outfit appear more polished...BUT even better; the right jacket balances your shape!

Talbots Flannel Blazer-6 colors-petites, misses, plus


What?!? Your body's not "perfect"? Shocker. Well, here's a not-so-surprising newsflash... a "Perfect" body is extremely rare. So, relax and just be YOU...and wear the right jacket for your shape! This week we focus on one of the four must-have's for every woman's closet: A structured jacket and how it can 'fix' your figure!

Wear the right jacket! The right style is a figure fixer for you. It's also an important style tool you can use to balance your shape. That's why a structured jacket is a must-have for every woman's wardrobe. If you have larger arms or shoulders, a full bust or a small bust, the correct jacket will help you balance your upper body. The right style will have a slimming effect on your upper body. A structured jacket can also cleverly disguise an undefined tummy. The right length can help adjust your body's proportions too. Isn't it amazing what the right style of jacket can do?

Add "instant style" with a jacket. The right jacket style can magically change even the simplest outfit into something more dressed up and special. Use a jacket not only as a style tool to balance your shape, but also as a great way to "sassy up" even the most basic outfit. Who needs a closet stuffed-full of clothes when you have a few structured jackets that make you look fabulously balanced and stylish everytime you wear them?!!!

From business to stay-at-home mom. There are jacket styles for every body type as well as every lifestyle! By adding a jacket to any outfit you will automatically look more pulled together. Choose from denim and twill fabrics if you have a casual lifestyle. Or if your lifestyle is more professional, your jackets should be ones in a fine wool gabardine or similar dressier fabrics. Regardless of lifestyle...be sure to add your right jacket style to help balance your shape and get your sassy look going.

Find your best figure-fixing jacket that flatters your body's shape. This week at MSP~ the jacket color, length, style, and your body's shape (as well as height/weight) are all important factors when selecting the right jacket for you. On Thursday (in the Personal Profile sections) I'll break down the best jacket choices for you this fall!

Love, Leslie MSP

Rediscover your sassy style with a MSP weekly Personal Profile


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

This week's Style Mission is to care for what you already own. NO shopping allowed!

Think about how many clothes you have relegated to the back of the closet (or shoved up on your top closet shelf) because they are missing a button, or the hem is coming undone, or the zipper needs replacing? Wouldn't you LOVE to put these clothes back into rotation?

It's anti-procrastination week at MSP! This week I challenge you to gather up all the clothes that need mending/altering...and get 'em done!

For a minimial cost, you'll get these clothes (previously just stuffed into your closet shelf) back into rotation. It will be like you've got 'new' clothes again, LOL!

Love, Leslie MSP


What SYSters are Saying


I am slow to change and accept my body type. I don't have a weight issue and look slim to everyone else, so I couldn't accept being a Cute Curve type. After soliciting the help of a wonderful females sales person - giving her my needs to jeans and my color preferences - she quickly offered to pull some items together for me to try on. Last week's article on jeans and fit was so helpful to me. I bought the NYDJ and it fit the best of any I have tried on, teaching me that Missus Smarty Pants recommendations are about shape - not about how much I weigh. I got to take a look at how I have been judging myself and comparing myself to so many women I know. 

Following your recommendations for my type in addition to those for tall women - helped me finally gain more comfort and confidence and I learned to ask for help from a very sweet sales person who saved me so much time. I appreciate what I am learning and hope to learn to shop for a few items at a time, learn about which stores carry brands that work for me and cultivate relationships with helpful staff. 



MSP HERE: Dear Janis,

By accepting our bodies, that's when our style really comes together! Sounds like you just had an "AHA" moment.  

The "Cute Curves" shape is named that for a reason, LOL! I'm glad you are now seeing the light...you are beautiful just the way you are! Enjoy your new sassy jeans. I'll bet you look fabulous in them <smile>

Love, Leslie MSP


P.S. By the way the jeans article Janis is referring to "The Right Jeans for Your Shape" is still posted on all 5 Personal Profiles along with: 

Both Fall Preview Style Guides

Proper Fit

Inspiring Fashion Icons

(And on Thursday) Fix Your Figure With a Jacket


"Got rid of 100 things!"        

Dear Leslie, 

I just want to THANK YOU!! Your advice and help have been wonderful. I cleaned out my closet this week and got rid of 100 things!!! I had clothes that didn't fit right and things I was just hanging on too. Now I know what type of clothing looks best on me, I know what basics I need to buy, and I am very picky about my purchases. I stopped by a new thrift store to check it out today and laughed when I saw some of my donated clothing in there. Thanks again for all of your help!