Super-Flattering Coats for Your Bodyshape
We’ve been trying to put it off for a while, but we might as well admit it – Autumn/Winter 2011 is definitely here. I personally love Autumn clothing and have a bit of a coat obsession. Here at Snap Fashion we’re working on technology to let you know your body shape and recommend clothes that would suit you. In the meantime we’re here to help, with our guide on how to pick the best winter coat for you!
Do you have athletic shoulders and taper down into a slender frame, al la Cheryl Cole? In that case you’re an inverted triangle. Ok, so it’s not the nicest sounding of all of the body shapes, but you’re very lucky when it comes to picking a winter coat, and clothes in general.
Because of your shoulders, you are one of the few body types that can pick coats there are cut close to the hips and embrace ruffles, pleats, peplums and general volume on your coat of choice (as a pear I am very jealous!)
Think Scarlett, Marilyn, Nigella… all women with fantastic hourglass figures. You don’t want to swamp your fabulous figure in a bulky coat, so we recommend that you pick a coat that’s structured and nipped in at the waist.
The great thing about having an hourglass figure is that you don’t need to trick the eye into seeing perfect proportions. A good tip from us is to look at the clothing on the hanger – if it seems balanced there, and your eye isn’t naturally drawn to oversized lapels or huge fur trims on your hips, it’ll probably look great on you!
The “apple figure” gets a lot of bad press, and we’ll be the first to say it in massive capital letters: APPLE DOES NOT MEAN YOU’RE FAT! It means you have less definition around the tummy area compared to the hourglass figure, and you’ve usually got amazingly toned legs and arms. So, now that I’ve got that out of my system, on to coats!
Stick to structured, belted coats to give yourself a bit more of a waist. As an apple you can really experiment and have fun with your coats. It’s all about creating that hourglass illusion. Want to try out puffball sleeves? Balance it out with an uber-flared skirt – it will draw an eye to your curves and make your legs even more teeny tiny!
As a pear you’re the opposite of an inverted triangle: petite in the shoulders, and wider towards the tip. And this is no bad thing. Celebrity pears include Keira Knightley and Sharika.
As you can probably guess, you want to avoid coats that gather and pleat around your hips, and instead draw the eye upwards, using buttons, lapel detailing and interesting shoulders.