Womens Jackets & Coats

"Fashion Advice on How to Buy & Wear Jackets"


Camel cropped sleeve jacket
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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.


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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?

A denim jacket is a good investment for any fashion-forward woman
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If you want to get the most out of your money you first need to secure outerwear in neutral colors and without any super complicated details (if you have a rectangle body shape then you may be an exception to this) that cover your major daily activities and all occasions.

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 :-)

The Jacket & Coat Closet Essentials:

Wardrobe essentials outerwear jackets and coats
  • Black leather jacket
  • Blue denim jacket
  • Black blazer - dark navy blue also works as a dark neutral
  • Lightweight cotton jacket that works as a transition garment from Summer to Fall and can also be worn for Spring
  • Trench coat
  • Rain jacket/windbreaker
  • Parka coat keeps you warm during the harsh winter months
  • Wool coat for daily wear
  • Classic outercoat


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.

Trendy red blazer versus a versatile classi black blazer

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 Style

After 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

Womens jackets and coats for women with a Classy Clothing Personality
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If you have a classy (also dramatic) then these types of womens jackets and coats will help reflect that.


Romantic Clothing Personality

Womens jackets and coats for women with a Romantic Clothing Personality
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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

Womens coats and jackets for women with a Trendy Clothing Personality
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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.

How to wear a bright red trench coat


Or simply create a two-toned color impact with black and white/cream.

How to wear a white wool coat


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

5 main body shapes


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:

Hourglass
Best womens coat and jacket styles for Hourglass body shape
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Your focus is to show off your well-defined waist. So look for womens jackets with a nipped waist. Belted coats look great on your body frame.

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.

Learn more on how to dress your Hourglass body shape



Pear
Best womens coat and jacket styles for Pear body shape
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Your goal is to draw the eye away from your wide hips by adding interest and creating curves on top.

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.

Learn more on how to dress your Pear body shape



Inverted Triangle
Best womens coat and jacket styles for Inverted Triangle body shape
Courtesy of Isabella Oliver
Your goal is to soften your wide shoulder line and make it look narrower.

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.

Learn more on how to dress your Inverted Triangle body shape



Apple
Best womens coat and jacket styles for Apple body shape
Courtesy of House of Fraser
Your goal is to slim down your mid-section and draw the eye to your shoulder/chest-area.

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.

Learn more on how to dress your Apple body shape



Rectangle
Best womens coat and jacket styles for Rectangle body shape
Courtesy of Zara
Your focus is to break up your silhouette to create curves from your waist up and waist down.

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.

Learn more on how to dress your Rectangle body shape


Advice for Petites

Best womens coat and jacket styles for Petites
Courtesy of Macy's
If you're 5'3 or shorter, I suggest jacket and coat styles that feature:
  • Minimal details to help you maintain a long, lean line
  • Nipped waists to keep you looking trim
  • Shorter lengths - the longest being below your thighs but not close to the knees
  • Vertical details that draw the eye up and down

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
    fashion tip Tip: Shop at stores that offer a petite clothing range such as JCPenney, Ann Taylor LOFT and Macy's. PS. to retailers: We’ would like more choices, please!


Advice for Full Figure Women

Best womens coat and jacket styles for Plus size
Courtesy of Nordstrom
The right jacket for your size depends on your body shape. But you should focus on coats and jackets that extend past the thickest part of your hips and thighs, to avoid widening your body frame.

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.




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How a Jacket Should Fit

Measuring 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.

A big jacket can dwarf your look and a tight jacket can emphasize parts of your body that you don't like (plus it looks a bit tarty). Learn more about how to tell if a jacket fits

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Time to Shop for the Latest Womens Coats and Jackets

Now that you've gone through my fashion tips and shopping advice on jackets and coats, it's time to shop!

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