Jackets and coats can keep you warm during cold winters, but are you wearing the right jacket for your body type? Find out as we explore the different styles and cuts that flatter each body type. I have collaborated with Fashionmia.com to create this style guide on jackets, just for you.
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Hourglass body type
Your figure can stand up to a bit of structure, so tend towards more tailored coats and jackets that nip in at the waist.
You need to choose jackets that are well fitted, if you wear bulky jackets, they will spoil your pretty figure.
- Choose tailored ,single breasted jackets with defined V-necklines.
- Boy friend jackets can be worn only if you style them right. Find one that’s more tailored than boxy, wear it open or belted at the waist, scrunch up the sleeves and add heels.
- Keep your jacket unbuttoned because the long lean line that is created in front of the body is elongating and slimming.
- Always go for jackets that follow your body line and draw in toward the waist.
- Look for form-fitting and belted jackets. If your jacket does not come with a belt, just add one around the waist.
- Look for fitted A-line coats, trench-coats and long coachmen styles.
- If your coat has embellishments around your bust, make sure you have enough volume around your hips for balance.
- Puff-sleeves or epaulettes to emphasize your shoulders are great.
- Boxy and straight coat styles hide your waist, for some adding a belt works whereas for others, that adds too much bulk around your waist.
These can be tricky for an hourglass. Trench coats tend to be rather square in cut and have lots of voluminous folds. Select one with a nipped-in waist and flared-out skirt. Shoulder “flaps” add width and balances out the entire silhouette. Just make sure you wear the top few buttons undone to open up that chest area and create a V-shaped arrow of skin pointing directly to your little waist.
Collars and Necklines
Ideal Coat and Jacket Length
Short jackets that stop just above your hips accentuate your curves. Beware however, of the full length coat with little or no tailoring, this length may not nip in enough at the waist and spoil your entire outfit.
Ideal Tailoring and Fit
Fitted or tailored coats and jackets is one of the best choices for you. Well fitted jackets will slim down following the figure line into the waist and this will emphasize your figure beautifully. Any length will look great on you, so experiment with a variety of lengths. Tailored longer coats can work well too, especially with belts or small pleated waist detail.
Shoulders and Sleeves
The slim hourglass may want to create further curves by wearing padded shoulders and a slight flared coat bottom. Whilst the fuller hourglass should stick to a smoother lined coat style with no padded areas. Try small, neat sleeves to soften your usually fleshy upper arms.
Pear shaped figure:
A good coat or jacket is an essential in a Pear wardrobe. Go for structured styles with well-defined shoulders.
Jackets are great for pear-shaped people because they usually have interesting details around the neckline and give more structure to the shoulder area, where you’re trying to direct the focus. When wearing a jacket, choose one that ends past your hips, not at them. A longer jacket, such as a cute blazer, creates a long, lean line and covers the hip area.
- Details around the neckline, collars, pockets, single or double breasted, shoulder pads are excellent.
- When choosing a jacket, consider one that ends past your hips, not before or at the hips. A longer jacket, such as a cute blazer, creates a long, lean line and covers the hip area.
- Cropped jackets, such as trapeze jackets, also look great. They add width to your shoulders with structured fabrics and highlight your slim waistline.
- Sticking to a cropped cut that ends at your waist brings attention to your most slender parts while showing off your curvy, hips. Be sure to keep cropped jackets fitted at the shoulders and matched with a longer and slimmer layer underneath.
- Accessorize your jackets with vibrant scarves or broaches.
- Go with a coat that sits right under your hips and mid-thigh to show off your beautiful body.
- Like jackets, choose dark colors to make your silhouette appear sleeker.
- Sporting a coat with a nice floral print draws attention to your face and creates balance with your lower half.
- Embellishments, such as small front pockets and epaulets, help proportion your upper and lower body.
- Princess and high waistline coats in an A-line are your best bet; fitted waistline and coachmen coats also look lovely.
Trench coats work great for a pear shaped body. It is usually worn with the strings tied in the back to help define your waist. It creates proportion between your shoulders and hips causing them look less full. However, watch out for shoulder enhancing details, big lapels, wide collars, double breasted styles (great with empire shaped coats).
Ideal Coat or Jacket Length
The length of the coat can be either waist length or three quarters, which will cover your hip and bottom area without making you look bulky. Avoid shorter jackets and coats that end at your bum though as this will draw the eye to your larger middle section with a horizontal line.
Ideal Tailoring and Fit
Stick with coats that are fitted and have design around the top half and looser plain styling around the bottom half. Double breasted coats will give the desired balanced look along with also a pattern or detail to the cuff area or breast area of the coat. Avoid side pockets at hip height as this will add extra bulk, where as breast pockets will be an added benefit as balance for the pear shape lady.
Shoulders and Sleeves
Shoulder detail can be flattering here and jackets and coats that look best on a pear-shaped body will have shoulder pads, tucks or pleated shoulder designs. Pear shaped body types also tend to have sloped shoulders so jackets with shoulder pads will enhance your shoulders and balance them out with your hips.
Coat and Jacket Necklines
Choose coat and jacket designs which have detail around the upper half and neckline, this can be with a contrasting or fur collar, buttons or lapels as lots of detailing around the tighter top section is good for drawing attention
Apple body shape:
Use a structured hip-length jacket to add definition to your upper half or a long coat to elongate your lines.
You look best in single breasted structured jackets with V-shaped lapels that button below the bust line because the “V-shape” that is created in front of the body has an hourglass effect. Make sure that it’s snug on the shoulders and nipped in at the waist. Also, leaving your jacket open creates a slimming vertical line down the front of the body.
- Jackets are better short (hipbone short) and with structured lines and fabrics, with buttons below the bust line.
- Make sure that it’s snug on the shoulders.
- Sometimes, leaving the jacket open will create a long vertical line that cuts up the width of your torso.
- Avoid belted and double breasted jackets, unless the belt is just under your bust (empire style).
- Examples for great jacket fabrics for an apple body type: cord, thick Thai silk, tweed, monk’s cloth, melton, homespun, canvas, boucle, brocade and gabardine.
- Single button – ideally placed under your bust and above your tummy, simple empire line or straight line that hangs from your shoulders, should have a deep neckline or be worn open, shoulder pads.
- When it comes to jackets, choose single breasted, V-neck jackets, to give the illusion of a smaller, longer upper body. Belted trench coats help to create more definition in your middle.
- The easiest way to define the waistline is to layer a structured and tailored jacket over a top because it draws attention away from the midriff and creates curves in all the right places.
Coats with A-line or small lapels are great as well as empire cut coats. Long straight coats worn open look great, especially if you wear a contrasting color top underneath. Tailored knee length belted trench-coats and classic long coats with opened buttons are okay for an apple body shape. A-line, cardigan style, worn open, big lapels (that sit on your décolleté and not bust line), shoulder pads, vents in the back.
Rectangle body shape:
Your more boyish frame looks great in structured coats and jackets but make sure you highlight your waist.
Stick to structured and shaped with round lapels and/or neckline.
- Blouson silhouettes look great on you as they drape around you like a blouse would and cover your straight waist and then fall on your slim hips.
- Look for bomber jackets, Eisenhower type jackets, jean jackets and blouson jackets.
- The cardigan sweater is fabulous for rectangle body shapes with its soft fabric and blouson style form.
- Straight lines on jackets are very flattering as they follow your natural form. You can also wear more fitted jackets; just make sure they are not too fitted around the waist.
- Double breasting adds volume on the top, as well as plackets, belt carriers, button-downs, pockets, cuffs, flaps and hoods.
- Avoid very short jackets that end above your waist, as they will emphasize your straight waist.
- Ethnic styles are fabulous on rectangles: have fun with ponchos and blankets. As they add volume on the top, just ensure to put on a slim skirt or pants.
- Straight coats and slightly fitted coats flatter your beautiful shape.
- Pea coats, safari coats, trench coats and dusters are great.
- If you want more waist definition, add a unadorned belt in a dark or muted color.
- Look for coats with belt carriers, pockets, cuffs, flaps or shoulder shawls to add dimension to your straight body.
- Form fitting and belted coats are also great for rectangle body types, just make sure they are not too fitted around the waist. Straight lines with some emphasis on the waist; empire line, uncluttered lines.