The ultimate guide for finding a figure-flattering coat

Text: Nandi Ndlovu; Photography: Courtesy image

April 15, 2016

How to find the perfect winter coat for your body shapeWhen the days get shorter and the evenings cooler, you know it’s time to pull out your winter threads. But keeping warm doesn’t mean you have to look frumpy. Here’s how to choose a coat style to complement your frame.

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If you’re pear-shaped…

Place emphasis on your upper body. Choose a coat with a faux-fur collar to draw the eyes upwards, steering attention away from your hips. Keep the cut straight and the length below your knees.

If your body type is an inverted triangle…

Keep away from double-breasted options. Go for linear shapes with a V-neck instead – this will accentuate your best assets.

If your body type is a triangle…

Opt for a coat with padded shoulders to balance your top and bottom halves.

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If you’re apple-shaped…

Don’t choose a coat that clings to your body. A wrap-style or linear single-breasted coat will help create an A-line shape and won’t draw attention to your midsection.

If your body type is an hourglass…

Show off your curves tastefully in a single-breasted coat with a flared bottom. Adding a wide belt will accentuate your waist too.

If you have an athletic build…

A long, tailored coat will look flattering. Add a thin belt to create the illusion of a waistline.

If you’re petite…

It’s important to choose a coat that doesn’t swallow up your small frame. Go for knee-length or shorter in a double-breasted style.

Not sure what to pair with your new coat? The answer is always boots! Find your perfect pair here.

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