Find the Best Winter Coat for Your Body

By  December 09, 2013

During the winter months, a good-quality jacket is your best bet for making a style statement. The key to finding a jacket that’ll flatter your figure can be as subtle as the size of the buttons or as simple as the right cut. Despite an endless array of outerwear available in stores this season, we’ve curated our favorites to help you find a fit that complements your frame. — Hallie Wilson, corals + cognacs

ASOS Curve Exclusive Fit-and-Flare Coat ASOS Curve Exclusive Fit-and-Flare Coat $114.34

If you’re curvy. A face-framing collar is best for highlighting your neck and collarbone. A fit-and-flare style will flatter your gorgeous full figure, but stick to full-length sleeves and steer clear of baggy pockets.

Zara Funnel-Collar Coat Zara Funnel-Collar Coat $139

If you’re busty. A tailored, linear coat that draws the eyes down will streamline your look—and you. Unfussy buttons, small lapels, and quiet hardware are your bust, err, best bet.

J.Crew Color-Block Funnel-Neck Coat J.Crew Color-Block Funnel-Neck Coat $320

If you’re tall. Temper your chic-and-sleek frame through strategic color-blocking or an interesting detail at the waist.

J.Crew Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat J.Crew Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat $350

If you’re petite. A solid-color style that hovers at the hip or just above the knee will give a lengthening illusion. Steer clear of double-breasted styles — excessive flourishes will only engulf your shorter stature.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Wrap, Double-Breasted Edwardian Cape Lauren Ralph Lauren Wrap, Double-Breasted Edwardian Cape $150

If you’re pregnant. Capes are in! Opt for a formfitting style with some stretch to give your baby bump room to grow. And, yes, you can rock a “regular” jacket—stick to a belted style to create an adorable Empire-waist affect.

Fit & Flare Jacket with Faux Leather Trim Fit & Flare Jacket with Faux Leather Trim $37.49

If you have a boyish frame. Create the illusion of a nipped-in waist with a belted jacket. A frame-softening, princess-shaped silhouette will mimic an hourglass figure.