How to ensure you dress for your body shape when buying a winter coat
It’s that time of the year where designers, bloggers, editors in fact everyone who’s in the fashion industry pick out the winter coat trends for the season. However have you noticed that similar coat trends come around every year? Military styling is back, or maybe it’s more prominent, funnel necks are in again – I bought mine 2 years ago and the “Parka” (I’m resisting the urge to read aloud with a Lady Penelope accent!) is back – yet I don’t think it ever left us!
Given that similar coat trends return each year then you may decide that a new coat isn’t top of your list this Autumn – you could even hold out for the January sales. However the time will come when you need to bite the bullet and invest in one that will become a wardrobe staple, so it’s crucial that it flatters you perfectly to avoid it becoming an expensive mistake. Read on to discover my straight from the stylist tip, that most don’t know about, and make coat shopping easier and less overwhelming!
Just to be clear I’ve chosen to blog about the tailored coat styles as opposed to the more casual “puffa or padded” coat. One big advantage a tailored coat has over the padded coat is it can be worn over workwear or party wear AND it doesn’t look odd worn with a pair of jeans (re my pinterest board Over 40 & style confident). Whilst I have seen puffa jackets worn over workwear and evening wear somehow they don’t quite hit the mark on the style-0-meter.
My “straight from the stylist” tip, is to use design details (collars, lapels, pockets, buttons & zips) to visually balance your body-shape. Most know through experience the coat shape and colour that works best for them, yet few take account of the details and the optical illusions these create. Knowing which of these details will work best for your figure helps to further narrow down your choices making shopping easier and quicker.
For example if you’re a pear shape your hips will be wider than your shoulders and you’ll have a relatively slim waist. You therefore need detailing on the shoulders to give the illusion that they are wider so as to balance the hips and emphasise the waist – wide collars are good for this.
If you want to look taller and slimmer then choose a single breasted style (buttons or zip) with a funnel neck or high collar to create vertical emphasis and elongate the body.
Wide lapels, patch pockets and double breasted buttons create horizontal emphasis – so pear shapes can use double breasted button details to give more waist definition. This wouldn’t work for apple or straight shapes because the buttons will pull and gape.
Patch pockets on the hips are not great for pear shapes as they create the illusion of wider hips whilst apple shapes can use them to balance a heavier upper torso. Epaulettes, yokes and gathered sleeves are another way to widen shoulders. Deep v-lapels, inverted pockets set vertical or on a diagonal can slim the waist and torso. Fur collars add bulk around the bust, great for adding curves and a half belt, creates a waist so suitable for hourglass or slim straight figures.
Of course styling outfits is my strength and I’d be short changing you on inspiration if I didn’t post my weekly dose of outfit ideas. I’ve chosen these coats, currently on the high street, for their timeless qualities. The plaid with faux fur detailing is a nod to the trends although I’m sure we’ll see plaid and fur again next year!
Here’s my TOP PICKS of the coats and the key accessories to take your outerwear from OK to OFF THE SCALE!
I love hearing from you so feel free to comment and post your questions in the box below. In the meantime – Happy Styling!! Joxx