Our cold-weather dressing strategy is simple: Stay warm, look chic. And, while we never want to sacrifice our silhouette for the sake of a toasty coverall, we admit it can be daunting to find a trusty topper that actually flatters your shape. Until now.In an endless sea of outerwear, we narrowed down the options to find the fits that truly complement each and every frame. The best part? The season’s most-loved trends — military, cocoon shapes, and car coats — also happen to be some of the most flattering. Old Man Winter, bring it on.
Hourglass — The trick to finding the perfect coat for you is selecting a cut that flatters, not flattens, your best assets. Choose single-breasted options with skirted bottoms and a thick belt to tie it all together while showing off your tapered waistline.
Steve Madden Brownstone Boulevard Coat, $139.99, available at Modcloth.
Petite & Compact — Because your frame is small, pick something that won’t completely engulf your body. The length should extend no further than your hips and you should avoid super-dramatic embellishments — instead, opt for rich, bold colors.
Burberry Brit Brushed-wool coat, $995, available at Net-A-Porter.
Pear-Shaped — Choose a big, dramatic collar to draw the eyes up toward your shoulders and décolletage. The straight shape of this car coat will also help perfectly balance your awesome below-the-waistline curves.
Miss Selfridge Textured Car Coat, $150, available at Miss Selfridge.
Busty — Steer clear of the billowy or double-breasted options. Instead, opt for linear shapes with a V-neck that will streamline your look and keep you warm without hiding your figure.
Étoile Isabel Marant Delphe Coat, $610, available at My Theresa.
Short Torso — Blazer coats are not only on-trend, they also happen to flatter a range of body types. This shape, with its long lapel, will help elongate a short torso. Just remember to pick a hem that’s nottoo far past your hips, so you can show off the length of your legs as well.
Paul and Joe Sister Coast jacket blue spirit, $495, available at Net-A-Porter.
Swimmer’s Shoulders — Forgo any structured, tailored options that may not comfortably fit your strong-shouldered shape. Select a softer shoulder and oversized lapel.They’ll flow gracefully instead of straining across your delts.
Merona Wool Coat and Shawl Collar and Belt, $59.99, available at Target.
Apple-Shaped — When choosing a coat, in general, it’s best to avoid shapes that cling to your largest measurement. This wrapped number with an all-over pattern creates an A-line shape that will flatter without drawing any unwanted attention to your midsection.
Allsaints Check Gaboury Parka, $650, available at Allsaints.
Ballerina Body — Your long and lean stature is perfect for pulling off an equally long-lined coat. Choose a funnel neck to further accentuate your streamlined shape.
Wallis Fashion Stone Minimal Funnel Neck Coat, $100, available at Wallis Fashion.
Boyish — Create instant curves with this military-meets-peplum number. While the strong shoulders and double-breasted details will flatter your top, the belted-peplum middle will work the same magic on your lower half. Voilà!
Topshop Contrast Peplum Military Coat, $190, available at Topshop.
Botticelli Babe — This asymmetric cut is inherently flattering because it’s designed to wrap the body. This fit will be hugging your curves in allthe right ways.
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Asymmetric Red Wool Coat, $796.38, available at Van Mildert.
Short Legs — Maybe we don’t all think about our legs when it comes to coats, but if yours tend to be on the short side, there is a trick to lengthening those gams with a topper. Choose a piece that’s covers your hips and has a belt that ties above your natural waist. Ta da! An instantly higher waist begets instantly longer legs.
Dorothy Perkins Natural Texture Frock Coat, $119, available at Dorothy Perkins.
Rebecca Taylor Ombre Leopard Coat, $650, available at Rebecca Taylor.
Illustrated by Gabriela Alford
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