When temperatures drop, it seems like there’s a lot riding on choosing the right coat for winter. You need one that’s warm enough for the temperatures you’ll be dealing with on a daily basis (Which is easier said than done in some climates.) You also need a style that you won’t hate wearing everyday. So usually, that means finding a coat that’s flattering for your figure and your body type. And yes, that’s possible even if your city’s so cold that you’re shopping for a puffer coat.
Cuts and kinds of coats are pretty numerous these days. So when you hit the mall, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. Fortunately, learning which styles will be most flattering for you is an easy way to get moving in the right direction. It also helps you avoid the frustration of trying on a bunch of coats that just don’t look right. Ahead, we’ve assembled some of the best outerwear styles for every body type. Temperatures are dropping, so make sure you’re prepared.
1. If you’re tall, try on a cocoon coat
Tall women, whether they’re curvy or not, have the perfect body type to rock an oversized silhouette, like a cocoon coat. These cozy styles are cut with a boxy frame, which makes them perfect for those days when you need to wear a million layers but still want to look chic. We love J.Crew’s Stadium Cloth Cocoon Coat, which has a warm and modern stand collar.
2. If you’re petite, think about a cropped coat
Those with less height to work with should pick a cropped coat. It may not be conducive in every climate length-wise, but if it works for the temperatures you’re anticipating this winter, a cropped coat is an extremely flattering style. It keeps things looking tailored, which is key when you’re small. Banana Republic’s Melton Wool Classic Peacoat is a luxurious number with a flattering double-breasted silhouette.
3. If your hips are larger than your bust, aim for an A-line
Anyone with hips larger than their bust knows that picking the right coat, especially if you need or want a long coat, can be pretty tricky. Consider an A-line coat as the solution. Look for a coat that defines your waist, but has enough fabric to accommodate your hips without uncomfortable pulling or gaping. An A-line is a flattering silhouette on a wide range of body types, but is definitely one with which you can’t go wrong with if the lower half of your figure is curvier than the top. Kristen Blake’s Wool-Blend Walking Coat features a belt-like inset to accentuate your waist, plus a defined A-line silhouette.
4. If you have a large bust, go for a coat with a defined waist
Women with larger bustlines can have trouble finding a style that fits in the chest but still flatters their figure. The easy solution is to go with a coat that has a defined waist and plays up your hourglass shape. Belted coats of all kinds are great at this, and can even help you get a better fit. Or, if you don’t want the hassle of a belt, just look for a tailored coat in an A-line silhouette. You can go for a small collar, or even go collarless to keep the silhouette long and lean. One of our favorites is GUESS’s Wool-Blend Trench Coat, which offers a military-inspired take on the profile.
5. If you want to de-emphasize your middle, try a coat with an empire waist
We’re not saying that anybody should try to downplay any part of their body because there’s so much to love about every type of figure! But if you’re self-conscious about your stomach, you may find it useful to know the most flattering silhouette will be one that emphasizes the narrowest part of your body, right beneath your bust. An empire waist coat or a swing coat are styles to try, particularly if you can find one that skims over your body without adding volume. Larry Levine’s A-Line Babydoll Coat features a swingy, retro-inspired cut that’s sure to flatter.
6. If you aren’t curvy, consider a peacoat
For those who’d consider themselves less curvy, a peacoat will be an incredibly flattering way to go. Especially for those with smaller bustlines, a perfectly tailored peacoat with a large, dramatic collar is extremely flattering. It may not work as well for those with larger busts, so if you have the figure to wear this style, we’d say go for it! We like Banana Republic’s Ombre Wool-Blend Peacoat, which offers an oversized lapel to add drama.
7. If you want to play up a boyish figure, go with a topcoat
Not everyone with a straight figure wants the illusion of more curves. If this sounds like you, you might want to consider going with a menswear-inspired classic like a topcoat. Look for a coat that’s slim and tailored, and unless you’re pretty tall, keep it above the knee to keep things fresh and flattering. This is a great silhouette to wear cut close to the body, but make sure that the coat leaves enough room to layer a sweater or a blazer underneath. Ralph Lauren’s Wool-Blend Reefer Coat offers a slim take on this menswear silhouette, with a notch collar and fitted profile.