No girl wants to resemble a marshmallow Michelin man in her winter coat — after all, with cold North winters you’re likely to wear it more than any other piece this season. Hint — boxy puffers begone (that goes for all body types). But exactly which shape and style coat should you look for to flatter your body shape? Whether you’re tall, boyish, petite, hourglass, or pear, we’ve rounded up the perfect silhouettes for you to spend the season in style — and warm and toasty.
1. Hourglass. Proportionate curves and a tiny waist look good in just about everything, save for some of the high-fashion maxed out volume shapes. The key to showing your sexy waistline even in outerwear is to choose a coat with a nipped in waist, whether it’s through seams, belts or buckles. Playing with colour has never been so comfortable with the stretch wool of this brilliant blue Sonia By Sonia Rykiel coat.
2. Straight And Narrow. We prefer “straight” to “boyish”, because there is nothing masculine about a slender, lean frame, even if your curves are not as apparent. You, lucky lady, are fortunate enough to be able to pull off the season’s retro cocoon silhouette. Keep bottoms super-skinny to show off those slim legs, and the volume up top will look balanced. This full volume Sandro coat in the season’s trendy winter white has your name written all over it.
3. Petite. For shorter frames, creating the look of long legs is all about tricking the eye into thinking the waist is higher than it is. So, wear slim-fitting dark jeans or skinny pants with a mid to high rise, wedge or stacked heel ankle boots, and this semi-cropped H&M jacket. Avoid long, overwhelming styles. With the jacket falling just above the hips, all we’ll see is legs, and you’ll look inches taller.
4. Tall. We envy you, because many styles look best on ladies with height. After all, they’re shown on the runway on models with your stature (or height, at least). One style we think looks dramatic and gorgeous, but takes a bit of height to really wow, is the below the knee, belted robe-style trench. This luscious Joseph coat is long enough to avoid ever looking shrunken on your limbs. That said, avoid anything shorter than mid-thigh length if you must go shorter.
5. Pear-shaped. There are lots of coat styles to flatter a pear shape with voluptuous hips and a smaller up-top. Tailored styles should fit closely on arms to show off your upper bod, while a middle zip or buttons draws eyes inward. The most important thing, though? Find a style that is fitted to the small part of the waist, then flares out softly over your curves to slightly mask them. Your little waist will shine in a dark-hued, simple coat like this Steven Alan.
Bonus: ANY Body Type!
What coat is guaranteed to flatter any body type? One that slims, while creating a waist, with some feminine details and a mid-thigh length, of course! We’re head over heels for the versatility and glamour of this universally-flattering grey wool trench style with peplum and belt, by Topshop at Nordstroms.