Your winter coat is the most important part of your autumn/winter wardrobe. It’s the one item that you will wear the most and it’s the first thing people will see when you step out of the front door. This makes it even more important to not only get a coat that keeps you warm in the cold winter months, but a coat that looks great and flatters your shape.
Shopping for a plus size coat should start with your body shape and what features are going to make you look and feel fantastic. If you aren’t sure what body shape you are, pear, busty, hourglass or apple, then you can use the shape calculator on Evans.co.uk to find out. Once you know your shape, you can start shopping for styles, features and fabrics that will suit your shape.
This hooded red duffle coat is perfect for pear shapes, as the detail of the hood, toggles and the bright colour draws the eye up and helps to balance the silhouette. As pears are generally smaller around the shoulders and upper body, the detail on your coat should mainly be on the upper body to move focus from more dominant areas.
Busty shapes tend to have less prominent hips and bottoms, so a maxi coat is perfect to balance out a fuller, more dominant upper body, while showcasing a narrower waist. The single breasted style, v-neck and lapels will all flatter a busty or hourglass shape, and the volume on the maxi flare of the skirt will balance and streamline a busty shape.
With a defined waist and balanced hips and bust, hourglass shapes can wear most coat shapes, but fit and flare or belted shapes look especially flattering and streamline the figure. Focusing on the waist and creating a streamlined silhouette, key features to look for in a coat for an hourglass shape is a defined waist or belt, vertical lines created by darts or panelling (as seen above), single breasted design, lapels and a v-neck.
This coat is fantastic for apples, as the faux fur collar and wide turn-up cuffs will add balance to a softer tummy, and move the focus away from a dominant area. The main detailing or embellishment on clothing for apples should be above the bust or below the hips, so an A-line coat with minimal fastening details and lots of detail around the neck is ideal.