Thursday, December 2, 2010

Find Your Perfect Coat

Winter coats don't have to be bulky and unflattering. Our expert shares tips on finding a cold-weather cover-up that flatters your body shape. Someone who's dear to me once said, that I can still feel comfy and warm but look fab! Of course, we want to be walking light and warm in between -30 or 40, right? Between you and me? I prefer CANADA GOOSE winter coat! Voila!!

This season is all about quality fabrics and luxurious textures. Jackets and coats for winter are romantic and feminine but incorporate a modern edge. There is such a wide selection of outerwear this season that there’s something spectacular available for every woman and every body type. This is definitely the season to invest in new outerwear. You can find any colour, from bright vivid hues to dusty neutrals like camel and creamy oyster to soft whites and everything in between.

If you’re petite, you’ll want to look for a few styles in particular. For style with an edge, go for a military-inspired coat. Choose a shorter style that will not overwhelm your frame. Another fun, casual option is a shearling or leather aviator jacket. Again, choose a short style. It is a perfect complement to casual layered knits and jeans on weekends. If you are in the mood for something more luxurious, opt for a minimalist statement coat in a short or 3/4 length style. Pick a neutral colour. Stay away from overly voluminous or long options. There is an array of gorgeous cashmere/wool blends in a variety of colours, so be sure to choose your perfect tone.

If you tend to carry your weight in your lower half and have a few curves, and are interested in a more fashion-forward look, try a military waistcoat. It will highlight your slender upper body and slim waist perfectly and give you an overall slim silhouette. You can also choose a belted cape option, which will flatter in all the right spots. If you want an investment piece, go for a minimalist statement coat in a sumptuous fabric. This will complement your feminine curves beautifully. You can find everything from camel to grey, taupe, beige, tobacco, soft whites, oyster and black. It is a classic, feminine look with a modern twist. Single-breasted, belted styles are your best option.

If your physique is on the straighter side, choose a cape-style coat. This style will give you the illusion of curves and provide an overall fuller silhouette. Capes are the perfect finish for any business-casual outfit as well as a super-casual look with jeans and tall flat boots for the weekend. On chillier days, complete your outfit with matching gloves in a similar shade. For more of a fashion statement, opt for a military, double-breasted style that hits at the waist or mid-thigh. If you're looking for an investment piece, go for a neutral long coat. The bigger the collar, the better.

If you find you carry your weight on your upper half and around your middle, choose a slim cut that creates a slimmer waistline and avoid double-breasted styles. Choose a neutral shade that complements your natural colouring and it will work with everything in your wardrobe.  (Courtesy of Kelly Millar via yahoonews.)

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