How to choose your winter coat?
New York seems to be freezing while in Paris it is still summer but, no matter what weather you have, every shop in the Northern does display this big item right now: the winter coat.
You might have already one in your wardrobe, probably even several but there is always a time when they get all tatty and you need … to buy a new one.
Which is not the easiest purchase: it is an investment and you are gonna wear it for at least 3 years – if you are a conscious fashion girl just like me – so you should better choose one that suits you ^^
1.1 Hips lenght coat (or shorter)
Wear this kind of coat if you do not live in a very cold country or for a sunny day/ at mid-season.
They will be your friend if you wanna show of your legs in winter.
If you have large hips and/or a belly, avoid them because they will make those look larger.
1.2 Mid tights lenght coat
A length that will flatter everyone and will not make you freeze (well, if you do wear something underneath).
The best choice if you are petite or/and do not have long legs.
1.3 Knee lenght coats
French connexion (on Asos)
Around knee-lenght coats are also very flattering for a lot of ladies.
Go for them if you are on the tall side and/or have long legs.
1.4 Extra long coats
Under the knee coats are super risky for the silhouette.
You really should be slender to try those on and, even with that, they are often not very flattering when worn closed… Which explains why you’ll see many fashionistas wearing them open (which is cool for streetstyle pics but NOT when it is minus zero).
2.1 Tailored “men’s style”
Ganni (on Asos)
This kind of cut will always make you look sleek and elegant.
2.2 Loose “boyfriend”
The difference with the first coat “men’s style”? Its shoulders cut. See how low they hang here? That is what is specific to this boyfriend relaxed cut. This kind of coat gives a boho casual look to your outfit.
Careful if you are petite. You could look like you are really “lost in your coat”.
2.3 Tailored with defined waist
A “très féminin” choice. Perfect if you do own a defined waist no matter if super slim or curvier.
But if you are an H or and O shape with no waist do not try to create a “waist effect” with those, that would only set the focus in this area.
Same as 2.3
Both feminine and elegant, this coat suits every lady.
Its shape might be straight or slightly trapeze
I advise you to wear it without scarf to reveal its beautiful collar line.
Gloverall (on Asos)
Feminine but very large, the cape suits ladies with pretty legs.
Attention Mesdames: it is NOT easy to wear a bag with a cape!
This very casual coat will suit every of you for laid back outfits.
By “chunky”, I mean those very warm winter coats made of super thick fabrics that often have a “cushioning” effect.
In order not to look like a teddy-bear with those you can:
– choose them short and wear them with slim pants or tights
– choose them fluid (yes a fur or a sheep-skin can be fluid)
If you are a plump girl avoid the fabrics that are too fluffy or too stiff (again, in order not to look like a teddy-bear ^^).
3. Colors and prints
3.1 Neutral and plain colors
In order to be able to match each and every of your outfits with your coat and not get bored with it, you should own one that has a shape that suits you AND a neutral color
Black, navy blue, grey, beige, chocolate…
For a winter coat, white is not really a neutral color as it really stands out and might (will probably soon) get dirty ^^
3.2 Prints and/or bolder colors
Only when you do own this perfect coat, can you consider other more creative options such as prints and fun colors 🙂
Last year candy cotton colors such as sugary pinks and blue introduced by Carven were the big trend. Why not? As long as you think you will be able to wear them ^^
If you want to play it safe but still have some fun, go for classic prints such as animals or tartan and prefer darker shades like emerald or bordeaux.
4. Decolletage and buttons
If you have broad shoulders and/ or are a busty girl, prefer coats that have decolletage to create a vertical line. You can complete them with a scarf.
It is also better to stay away from double breasted or billowy options.
You should go for high quality fabrics when it comes to coats. Yes the price will be higher but your coat will look way more classy plus you’ll get to wear it for years, and, if just as it is for me, coat shopping is not your favorite thing, that is why you prefer to own long lasting ones!
And you? What is your coat staple? Do you also own some fun coats?