Lower temperatures in fall and winter means now is the perfect time to start shopping for a new coat. Different trends of coats are always in fashion but finding that perfect coat for your body shape will compliment your overall style. Shapes, colour and lengths can all be taken into consideration when shopping for a coat that is going to flatter your body type. Here are a few pointers on what styles will suit your body shape.
Narrow body frames will suit long tailored coats, such as this Reiss Margo Coat. Shorter styles are best avoided as they can make the body look longer. Boyish frames should opt for peplum styles, belted or military trends. Bright colours can also add the appearance of curves to a smaller frame as do ponchos and layers. Bulky shaped coats on the other hand can swallow a boyish frame.
Curvy figures look beautiful in belted and flared coats. These create an illusion of a smaller waist and balance the figure. Baggy styles are ones to avoid for curvier shapes as these can make the body appear larger and shapeless.
Petite women should consider coats that sit just above the knee. Many stores offer styles tailored to petite shapes, such as this Topshop Parka Jacket.
Petite shapes should avoid bulky styles and longer length coats, which will swamp smaller frames. If you’re pear shaped (smaller on top) then coats with details are the ones to look for. Styles that feature a fur collar or embellishment around the neck, detract from a larger waist. Similarly, double breasted styles and coats that are belted, help to balance the shape of your body and make the hips look smaller.
Finding a great coat can be time consuming but knowing which styles to go for makes it much easier to find something that will enhance your best features. Our guide on how to shop for the right clothes can also help with your search.