I Love a Roomy Blazer—These Outfits Look Better With One In the Equation

While I genuinely believe that anyone can wear absolutely anything so long as they feel comfortable doing so, being petite does present its own unique set of dressing challenges. That doesn't mean anything is off-limits. Still, as a 5'3" fashion editor who has also helped countless other petite women hone their aesthetics, I know that it's not quite as easy for us to copy and paste every trend onto our frames—at least, not without a bit of extra consideration. Often, I'll reach out to my petite followers on Instagram and ask them which trend or piece they could use some styling pointers on. Their latest request? Oversized blazers.

Oversized blazers are one of my favourite items to wear—at least, they are now. When they first started trending, I was admittedly stumped. I'm also pretty curvy with an hourglass silhouette, so I'd spent the best part of my adult life dressing in more tailored or nipped-in silhouettes under the pretence they balanced out my frame better. Still, I wanted nothing more than to add an oversized blazer to my wardrobe. So I ordered one, and I started assembling outfits around it as soon as it arrived. Some worked, some didn't, but what quickly became evident was that petites could wear oversized blazers just as well as anyone else. And you know what? I have proof.

Below, I've assembled an edit of eight chic (and easy!) oversized-blazer outfits anyone can wear, be they 4'11" or 6'6". Scroll on to see them. Soon, you'll want to supersize all of your clothing.

1. White Shirt + Straight-Leg Jeans


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Style Notes: Balance out the oversized silhouette of your blazer with a pair of classic, straight-leg jeans. 

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2. Column Dress + Mules


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Style Notes: Elongate with a column-shape dress is a dark block colour to draw the eye up and down the entirety of your look. 

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3. Minidress + Chunky Trainers


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Style Notes: Mirror the oversized silhouette up top with a pair of chunky trainers on your feet. This look works particularly well with miniskirts and dresses. 

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4. Leggings + Fancy Bag


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Style Notes: Blazers and leggings have become a favourite fallback outfit for many a fashion person over the last few months. Add in sporty touches and then balance things out with a slick shoulder bag.

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5. Crop Top + High-Waist Jeans


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Style Notes: Over time, I've come to love the combination of a crop top and high-waist jeans. Throw in an oversized leather blazer and you've got the perfect "fashion person" uniform. 

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6. Matching Separates 


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Style Notes: It completely depends on my budget, but I always buy matching pieces in any set if I can afford to do so. Not only does a two- or three-piece suit look sleek, but much like the white ensemble above, it can help to balance out your entire look, allowing it to work as one instead of having single pieces fighting for attention. 

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7. Simple Vest + Knitted Skirt


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Style Notes: Adding in different textures is a subtle way to break up an outfit. I love the way knitted skirts and dresses sit on my frame, and they make for a slinky addition layered under an oversized blazer. 

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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. 

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.