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Oh my goodness, I’ve had SUCH a problem writing this blog post. I LOVE autumn and I LOVE winter coats. Trying to whittle down my selection has been torturous!  I don’t view a winter coat as a garment to keep me warm and dry, I see it as a whole outfit. After all, when you are out and about wearing your winter coat and boots that is your outfit. No-one can see what’s going on underneath. (Did you see my blog post on boots? Read it here)

So with that in mind, I’m sharing my top tips on choosing a winter coat that is PERFECT for your body type…because we are all beautifully different and we suit different shapes.

Hourglass

First up, if you have an hourglass figure type (evenly balanced with a small waist), you will look fabulous in a belted coat or one that’s fitted. If you are very busty its best to avoid faux fur, shearling or other ‘bulky’ detail around the collar which will just have the effect of enlarging that area. Contrary to popular belief, not all hourglasses have big boobs. It’s not about the boobs, it’s about your shoulders and hips being evenly balanced.

Your clothing style will determine which kind of ‘look’ works best but here are some great options.

  1. This classic coat is very elegant and the neutral colour means it will work over any outfit. The fitted shape and the buttons at the waist draw attention to your smallest part. Very flattering.
Somerset by Alice Temperley Fit And Flare Coat, Grey £260

Somerset by Alice Temperley Fit And Flare Coat, Grey £260

  1. This one is great if you suit a natural/dramatic style. (If you aren’t sure on your clothing style click here for a free gift that will guide you in identifying your personal style rules.)The elasticated belt draws you in at the waist highlighting your best feature. It also has the advantage of being quilted (read WARM), yet not overly bulky.
Jaeger Belted Long Quilted Jacket, Black £250

Jaeger Belted Long Quilted Jacket, Black £250

  1. And this would be an AMAZING dress coat for special occasions. The length makes it uber-glam (you’d need to be pretty tall to carry this one off well), all that faux furriness around the collar gives it the ‘specialness’ factor and the colour of said fur is very ‘in’ right now and looks great against the black fabric. If you’ve had your colours done, this is perfect for winter colouring.
French Connection Wonderland Faux Fur Collar Coat, Black £180

French Connection Wonderland Faux Fur Collar Coat, Black £180

Top Heavy

If you carry your weight on the top half of your body, typically around the tops of your arms, your bust and/or your tummy (you probably take a bigger dress size on top), you have a top heavy figure type and you’ll do well to avoid a lot of ‘fuss’ around the top of your coat. Opt for a straighter shaped coat if your waist is thick and avoid belts. This way you can bring attention to your lovely slim hips and legs.

  1. This is a great classic option that would be very versatile in terms of what it goes with as well as the type of occasion.The straight shape is very flattering and the neutral colour is very wearable. Of course you can easily add a scarf to bring some colour to the outfit.
Mint Velvet Boucle Coat, Grey £169.

Mint Velvet Boucle Coat, Grey £169.

  1. This casual option will work if you have some natural in your clothing style. (Remember for help in determining your authentic style get this free gift). The ¾ length is very flattering on straighter figure types as it skims over your middle and the hemline draws attention to your slim thighs. And, it feels like a cosy duvet. Mmmmmmmm.
Mango Quilted Coat, Black, £59.99

Mango Quilted Coat, Black, £59.99

 

  1. It goes without saying that this is the dramatic, statement look for top heavy figure types. It definitely won’t work for everyone but if you suit a strong statement look, you’ll look and feel totally fabulous in this!
Mango Animal Print Coat, Black/Multi £89.99

Mango Animal Print Coat, Black/Multi £89.99

 

Bottom heavy

And last but not least, if you’re bottom heavy – a dress size larger on your bottom half – you have LOTS of options! This year faux fur and shearling are majorly ‘in’ and it’s your figure type that does this best. You’ll need to have elements of natural or drama in your clothing styles (remember you can get help on this by clicking here).

  1. The ‘smart’ or classic option I’ve picked out for you is this very stylish high-necked coat. You are the only figure type that almost always suits a higher neckline.The colour is very classic and versatile (and looks amazing if you have ‘spring’ colouring) and the length means it will work over dresses, skirts and trousers alike. The belt will show off your waist.
Four Seasons Wrap Stand Collar Coat, Biscuit £299

Four Seasons Wrap Stand Collar Coat, Biscuit £299

 

  1. My casual option is a parka with a waist. This is a great one for every-day warmth and ‘coolness’! The faux fur keeps the attention high up and away from your lower half. Khaki works best with those with ‘autumn’ colouring.
Whistles Tyler Parka £180 

Whistles Tyler Parka £180

 

  1. And finally, here is a gorgeous ‘dressy’ coat for those occasions when you want to feel more glam. As a pear shape you may feel safer in longer coats that cover your bottom. I promise you that a shorter coat can look AMAZING as long as you have the right shaped trousers or skirt underneath. (Remember you can get help on this here).ALERT! Never, ever allow the hemline of your jacket to sit across the widest part of your bottom or thighs. This draws attention and makes that area look wider.
Oslo Faux Fur Coat, Grey £139

Oslo Faux Fur Coat, Grey £139

 

 

Do leave me a comment and share your favourites.

Warm wishes,

Helen x

 

 

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