Womens Jackets & Coats
"Fashion Advice on How to Buy & Wear Jackets"
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Womens trench coats to blazers - womens jackets and coats are a big part of your daily wear, and buying the right style for your body figure is crucial to looking your best.
On this page you'll find shopping tips on selecting the best jacket and coat styles for your personal style as well as fashion advice on how to get the most for your money!
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Note: Jackets and coats will be mentioned interchangeably and also be referred to as "outerwear"
What Jackets & Coats to Invest In?
With me, I always make sure that my jackets and coats are simple because I would rather focus on the clothes underneath them, and of course, the accessoriiies!
You're going to take your jacket off anyway! (Well, except for blazers if they're a part of your ensemble) I simply use a coat to layer over my clothes when it's cold or when I need to tone down a trendy outfit.
How to Build a Solid Jacket & Coat Closet
Versatile womens jackets and coats are simple in cut and color.
If you're on a budget or want to make it easier to mix & match your clothes in the morning, you'll discover how cost-effective and time-saving jacket essentials
really are :-)
Secure them in neutral solids such as black, dark brown, dark navy blue and beige/camel - which work well with absolutely everything you have in your wardrobe. Learn more about neutrals
For example, compare a classic black pea coat to a red coat. Red creates a fashion statement and often limits what you can wear it with.
Plus, basics serve as outfit fixers - so if you find your outfit to be "too much" or "out there", a plain blazer jacket will tone it down.
Express Your Personal StyleAfter securing the basics it's time to go over to trendier styles - with details, and in fun colors. Or simply go for an updated look of your basics. Let your personal taste reflect your choice of outerwear and set yourself a part from the rest! Learn more on finding and defining your personal style.
Here are a couple of jacket and coat examples
Classy Clothing Personality
Courtesy of Forever 21, John Lewis
If you have a classy (also dramatic) then these types of womens jackets and coats will help reflect that.
Romantic Clothing Personality
Courtesy of Coast-stores, ModCloth
The cute and frilly details accentuate your romantic style. Balance out the look with slim and modern bottom to avoid going all cute on the look.
Trendy Clothing Personality
Courtesy of TheOutnet, Urban Outfitters, Jades24
If you're a trendsetter and love creating fashion statements, then these will draw attention and showcase your sense of style. Just go slightly easy on the color combos and accessories of your outfit to avoid distracting people from the details on the outerwear.
Create a Statement with a Bright Color
When it's dark and gloomy outside, and everyone's wearing black and grey coats - pull out something bright such as a pea coat in red or a cream winter wool coat. This'll cheer yourself and everyone up!
Make your coat a focal point - avoid any exaggerated details on the shoes or hat. If you want to create a fashion statement with a colored coat, take a look at the complementary color wheel for some color scheme ideas.
For example, if you're wearing an orange or red wool coat - wear it with olive green pants. And perhaps throw in a pink shawl for a maximum statement effect.
Or simply create a two-toned color impact with black and white/cream.
For example, wear a cream coat with a black beret hat. Throw in a bright colored handbag for a splash of color. Or go the classy way with a leather handbag in basic brown.
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Dress Your Body Shape
I recommend you to take a look at your body shape and scale. It will give you better idea on what type of womens coats and jackets suit you.
Remember that it's all about balance. If your silhouette isn't proportional, then one of your body parts (upper, mid or bottom) will look heavy and become the prominent part of your silhouette! Click here for more fashion advice on how to dress your body shape
Here are a few examples of what jacket and coat styles complement the various body shapes:
To really bring out your proportional body shape, I suggest that you avoid straight lines from your bust to your hips because this'll make you look boxy. Look for jackets and coats with a drapey fabric.
Wrap and shawl coats are some of your best bets. Also, opt for jackets that extend just below the hipbone or past the thighs.
The best jackets for you balance out your wide hips and thighs. Details on top help and so does rounded collars, along with a cut that accentuates your well-defined waist.
Look for details such as: Puffed shoulders and breast pockets. And select jackets that extend just below the hipbone or past the thickest part of your thighs.
Earrings, scarves and nice eye makeup also help draw the eye upwards.
Hip-length or longer jackets with flared hemline will flatter your body figure, because they create curves on your hips.
You're better off with womens jackets that have minimal details on top and more volume at the hem to "fill" out the narrowest part of your body.
You can also bring the attention down to your great legs with
details and colors on the shoes or boots.
You look great in jackets that skim past your waist (eg. swing coat) and floats away from your hips to create hips. Also look for womens coats and jackets with interest around the shoulders and hem.
I also suggest winter wool coat nipped right below your bust (the area above your midriff). This helps conceal your heavy midsection. Clean and tailored help draw attention away from your waist.
Try simple, tailored jackets with a nipped waist or flared hemline, to create curves.
You can also experiment with various details such as pockets, shoulder details, large buttons and double breasts usually enhance and add more weight to your upper body. Just make sure you keep your waist trimmed.
If you're petite avoid color-blocking and focus on adding texture.
Advice for Petites
Super-long and bulky coats swallow up your petite frame. However you can always add a pair of heels and wear a bottom that blends with the outerwear to make them work for you. Check out the Womens Petite Clothing Style & Shopping Guide for more fashion advice and recommendations
Advice for Full Figure Women
Also look for details and prints that are scaled to your body size such as big lapels and prints. If you're Petite opt for medium scale but with vertical details.
See Shopping & Style Guide to Womens Plus Size Fashion for more fashion tips and recommendations.
How a Jacket Should FitMeasuring the dimensions of your body is quite vital when selecting a jacket. Unless you're going for that boyfriend-oversized look, knowing your body measurements is crucial to finding a jacket that fits and creates a pleasing, sleek line.
Time to Shop for the Latest Womens Coats and JacketsNow that you've gone through my fashion tips and shopping advice on jackets and coats, it's time to shop!
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