The other day, with an hour to spare, I did a trawl of the Winter Coats in Peter Jones (a branch of John Lewis). Yes, I know it is August but if you are needing to invest in a coat for the Winter, now is the time to do it so you are not disappointed to find your size has gone. As last year, there are many without lining The unlined coat or "coatigan" can be a useful between season garment, though. I have one and have worn it at all times of the year when it is not really cold but I just need a bit of warmth in the evening.
The tips I gave last year for ideal shapes for your body are relevant for any year so I have edited them to suit this season's coats.
10 Tips for Buying a Winter Coat
A winter coat is an investment purchase so worth taking time to choose one that really works for you.
- If you have a "straight" body - i.e. you don't have a clearly defined waist, go for a coat which hangs straight. (Weekend Max Mara below)
- If you have a waist, you will suit a fitted coat with or without a belt. (Somerset by Alice Temperley below)
- Semi-fitted is best if your hips are bigger than your bust. (John Lewis below).
- If you want longevity and warmth from your winter coat, check that it is lined unless you specifically want a coatigan.
- Petites are best in shorter coats (John Lewis own brand below) and tall people in long coats.
- Double breasted coats work better for ladies with a small bust and shoulders. (Gerard Darel)
- Patch pockets at hip level are not flattering if you are broad of the beam. Of course, if your hips are small, pocket details at hip level will work well.
- If you have broad shoulders you can wear raglan sleeves (See John Lewis cocoon coat below) which are not so good for those with sloping shoulders.
- A big collar will suit a tall "dramatic".(Bruce Oldfield coat below) If you are petite don't let yourself be swamped - keep it simple.
- Here is one for "romantics" with a bow detail at the neck.(Goat Coat below)
Finally, if you are someone with strong contrasts in your colouring and you like to look both funky and dramatic, there is the furry Marc Cain coat and if you have a windfall to invest and are more of a "classic", go for the Max Mara camelhair - both below.
If you are not sure what shape you are or how to choose an important investment piece like a Winter Coat, book a Style Doctor session with me or come to my next Style workshop. Details of Style Doctor here and Style Workshop here
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