Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Coats 101 & buying the perfect coat

Its that time of the year; when you cant quite leave the house without a coat (at least here in Utah). Some people dread winter because of the mere idea of adding bulky items to their wardrobe and think its not possible to look stylish during the winter. I'm here to tell you otherwise:).  You can definitely look cute bundled up in a winter coat. Its all about finding the right coat to fit your body type and of course your wallet. 
    When trying on coats, I mostly look at the arms/shoulder, neckline, and waist. I just want to make sure that the coat is fitted in those areas, because the right coat should look like it was made just for YOU. The neckline is a very important thing to pay attention to, because if you have too much obstructing your neck, it can make you look stockier(at least, that has been my experience).
  Here is the general coat check list:

1. Consider where you want to wear your winter coat most often. You want something that is going to fit your daily activities. 
  • If your weekly routine includes dressing up and going into an office, church events, you would be better off with a classic tailored wool coat
  • If your day involves taxiing your kids to music lessons and sports practices, then you may prefer a sporty parka. Or, you may be shopping for a weekend coat. If that means going to the theatre in the city, you'll want a long coat with pretty details.
  •  If the weekend means tailgate parties, you'll want something that can stand up to the elements, like a down coat.
2. Pick a color that accentuates your skin tones.
3. Choose a coat that fits your frame
  • If you would like your coat to help you  elongate your frame, make sure to get a coat that is above your knees.
  • If you're like me and need a little help creating curves, try a belted coat. Belts will cinch in the waist, creating a feminine hourglass shape.
  • If you are more of an apple shape, consider a single-breasted coat.
  • If you have more of a pear shape, try an A-line coat.
  • If you have broad shoulders or a large bust, look for a coat with a V-neck.
                                            Banana Republic Blazer                                                        Banana Republic Bow Belt Coat
                                     Banana Republic Trench Coat                                  Tommy Hilfiger Classic Crombie Coat
                               Tommy Hilfiger Down Parka                                                     Tommy Hilfiger Pea Coat

Hope that was helpful:)! What are some of your favorite styles of coats and why?