The ultimate figure flatterer

Not a gym fan? Our fashion editor has selected five classic black jackets that will take off centimetres, balance out wider shoulders and enhance your curves, no sweat required!



River Island Sleeveless Jacket, R1 299, 6 to 18.

Make the most of those long limbs by stretching them even further! A sleeveless jacket is a great way to show off your shape and turn heads. We love this simple but effective version from River Island. Plus, it’s so on-trend right now: just layer it over black trousers and a grey polo neck for a smart work look, or a long-sleeved midi-dress for a stylish casual weekend outfit.


New Look Marty Blazer, R799, 6 to 16.

Worried about making your shoulders look wider in a jacket? A deep V-front is a great way to instantly draw the eye downwards instead. This stunning jacket from New Look is perfect for pairing over evening wear, or for dressing up after work.


Guess Lee Biker Jacket, R1499, XS to L.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re ‘too curvy’ for a biker jacket. Just choose a more fitted style, like this Guess faux leather version, that will accentuate your shape rather than swamping you. Rock chicks rejoice!


City Goddess London Waffle Texture Jacket with Belt, R799, 8 to 14.

Balance out wider shoulders with a flattering peplum hem, like the one on this City Goddess jacket. Not only will it widen out your hips, it will also make your waist appear tiny. We love the style of this jacket, which would look perfect paired with jeans in the day, while still being smart enough for work.


Trenery Longline Trench Coat, R2 199, 4 to 14.A longer-line jacket is always flattering on you – and a classic and modern style, like this one from Trenery – with storm flaps and tie belt, will always be chic. Wear during the colder months to add instant style to any outfit.


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