The Perfect Fit For Winter Coats

7 Dec

As the single most essential garment in the winter season, we often forget that the winter coat can both be practical and stylish.

Here are some guidelines to help you find the perfect fitting coat.

coat lengths

Ideally for a long sleeve, it should end at just below the wrist.  If the sleeve is too long and starts engulfing the hand and makes the whole jacket look too big.

If the sleeve is too short it will look like you’ve grown out of the jacket, so ideally if this is a problem, push up the sleeves or roll them.

The most common alteration on a jacket seems to be the sleeve length, my tailor has quoted me a price of $40 for each piece to adjust them properly.  My tailor does amazing work and she always does it right!  Forty dollar is not an outrageous premium to pay for peace of mind if you trust the tailors work and care about the jacket/suit in question, especially if you are always happy.

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How to Choose a Flattering Coat Length:

Hip-length or cropped jackets in patterns, brocades or fur also work with many dresses; they are a great topper when you’re in a cocktail dress or gown.


Medium length (mid-thigh)  The mid-thigh, tailored winter coat always works with pants, but it can get tricky when you wear a dress.  The most versatile style is a structured coat that is the same length as your skirt or longer, giving you a long, unbroken line. Lengths that fall right below the thigh work best for sheath dresses or pencil skirts.

A 3/4 length coat (one that is just above the knee) is flattering for most average height people.  If you’re petite a slightly shorter (medium length) coat is often better.

Long coats – 7/8th or longer than knee-length are best for those 5’6″ and over, they are best when shaped at the waist (not necessarily belted) to create a flattering silhouette.

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Body shape tips:

  • Along with the length of coat, don’t forget to consider the shape and where the pockets are.
  • If  you have wider hips and don’t want to draw attention to them, avoid coats with big pockets on the hips.
  • If you have a larger bust, look for a coat with a lower opening.
  • If you don’t have a defined waist, avoid belted coats

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So which coat will suit your shape and your lifestyle?

Spend some time deciding exactly what you are looking for – a beautifully  cut, floor-length velvet coat might look fantastic for an evening at the theatre  but it’s not at all practical when driving to work or going to the supermarket  at the weekend.

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Think of your coat not as a neutral cover-up but as a bold stand-alone—and consider crimson, mustard or purple instead of camel, navy and black.

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