The winter collections are hitting stores now, and now is the time to invest in statement winter coat. We’ve put together an easy to follow guide to help you find the perfect coat to team with your longline tunics, shirts and skirts that will flatter your shape no matter what your size.
If you’re petite, then floor length coats can swamp your shape if you choose a coat that’s too long or too straight. Make sure your coat falls above the ankle, and look for coats that are well structured across the upper torso and that tuck in at the waist to give you shape.
Tailoring is key when choosing winter coats and if you’re petite you should look for vertical seam detailing that will help to lengthen your shape and give the appearance of added height.
Full length coats were made for you, and teaming a full length coat with our longline tunics and skirts will lengthen your figure even more, and create a really dramatic, flowing feminine look.
The key military trend looks great in a full length cut as the structured tailoring that goes hand in hand with the military look helps you to fit into a commanding long length style without it looking bulky and shapeless. Cinch in with a belt to create a waist too.
Look out for faux fur collars, high collars and statement necklines that all look great on a taller figure.
If you’re lucky enough to have an hour glass shape, you want to show it off in your winter coat, not hide it. The key here is to look for coats that cinch in at the waist. Belted coats are great for this, or look out for single breasted coats that button with just one or two buttons so nip in your shape at the waist.
A-line cuts like the 60’s swing coat and the princess coat are key trends for this winter and they’re wonderful for a curvy shape. These styles are fitted neatly across the chest but swing out from the underarm to create a dramatic but feminine shape that skims over lumps and bumps perfectly.
Where to shop
A lot of the key winter coat trends this season are vintage-inspired – from the peacoat to the military look, the princess coat to the camel coat. If you’re looking for classic vintage glamour, then you can’t do better than getting the real thing. Look to second hand markets and vintage boutiques online and on the high street for unique vintage items.
If you’re shopping on a budget then you’ll find plenty of excellent options on the high street. Try affordable shops like New Look whose new winter coats range covers all of the season’s key trends and in a range of sizes too.