Fall Outerwear – Accentuate Your Body Shape

After moving to So Cal for law school, I realized how lucky people are here to not have to endure the ordeal that is winter on the east coast. Even though that’s the case, I’ve noticed that angelenos LOVE to wear coats on days that are on the “chillier” side…aka 50s-60s. In honor of the chillier days that we had last week (which were followed by three consecutive days of 90+ weather) I want to talk about wool coat silhouettes and how you can use them to accentuate your curves or lack thereof (coughmecough).

1. Pear Shaped – larger curves below the waist, concentrated around the butt and hips.

Look for:

(a) Structure or detailing around the neckline to draw the eye upward

(b) Narrower on the top, and gradually flares to the bottom

Example:

Mackintosh Kilmany Coat ($950)

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2. Hourglass Shaped – curves in all the right places…

Look For:

1. Prominent Pockets to enhance both upper and lower curves

2. Slim sleeves to emphasize the silhouette of the body

Example:

Asos Minimal Coat with Buttons ($174.60)

3. If you want to de-emphasize your curves you can go for a more structured, linear look

Example:

Yigal Azrouel Double Faced Wool Coat ($1,470)

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3. Flute Shaped - less curvy all around, wider shoulders than hips.

Look For:

1. Contoured seams that create the illusion of a shapelier figure

2. A belt that will create a narrow waist

3. large collar to fill out the upper body

Examples: 

Maison Martin Margiela Wool Shawl Coat ($2,395)

Asos Fit and Flare Coat with Faux Fur Collar ($157.14)

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4. Apple Shaped – wider around the midsection, and slimmer around the chest and hips.

Look for:

1. Deep-V neckline, the “V” will de-emphasize the wider midsection, while emphasizing the neckline

2. Flared bottom, along with the deep V neckline will create the illusion of an hourglass shape

Example:

Pepe Jeans Faux Fur Trimmed Suede Coat ($349.20)

This fall, look for a coat with a pop of color, or an unexpected silhouette! A good wool coat will last you many many years to come. If you can find one that accentuates your body type, you’ll want to wear it even if it is 65 degrees outside!

Happy Coat Hunting!

~Deb

2 Comments

  • Reply October 26, 2011

    Lisa

    What is my category? :)

    • Reply October 26, 2011

      DHa

      Probably flute shaped :) Although for more petite sizes I would choose a different type of jacket.

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