Coats Autumn/Winter 2015


With wintry weather on the way I thought now would be a good time to start looking for a new coat. As you may have already found out, not all coats sit well on a flat chest. I sent my gorgeous military inspired double breasted coat from last winter (before BC) to the charity shop last week, as the cut meant it now bulged and sagged. I didn’t think to take a photo of me in it, but below are a couple of coats which would cause a similar problem on us flatties.

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Both of these coats have a princess seam – rounded seams that run from the waist to the arm/shoulder which are designed to add shape and create a tailored fit over a bust – and you can see by the way the cream one is hanging on the rail that the cut of it will cause messy bulges and hollows once on a flat chest. The princess seams on the blue coat are so deep that they cause the fabric to fold over on itself when I put it on!

So, which of this season’s coats do work for us? Quite a few actually, so whether you are looking to create volume, add decoration, or just want a flattering cut, there is a stylish cover-up for you.

Two things before we get started:

– I have been to a few shops for this blog, but as usual I am not promoting any particular brand. I make no money from this blog, and any hyperlinks I add are just to get you to a shop’s website quickly (no commission!).

– I am an animal lover, and as such never buy wool or leather. Some of these coats contain wool but I would never personally buy them. And obviously always buy faux-fur! (The PETA website has lots of information if you are interested).

This Season’s Key Looks

Tailored

Pinstripes, checks or tweed in a boxy cut – perfect because there will be no darts or princess seams – will suit any shape. Look for a shorter length (thigh length) so that it doesn’t drown you.

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Henry Holland at Debenhams

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Faux Fur

Either a full on Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in a cropped style to cosy up in; wide furry lapels to add width, or fur collars to add depth and decoration; all of these will flatter a flat chest.

Dorothy Perkins, all fur coat…

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Monsoon Swing

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River Island duo

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Dressing Gown

These often have a shawl collar or waterfall front which look best on a flat chest. These are great if you want a coat which skims over your tummy or hips (and that you can whip off quickly when a hot flush hits!)

Primark Bargain…

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Dorothy Perkins Drapes

 

Student

Whether you are looking for a preppy style with panels, or student union parka, these styles come around every year.

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Debenhams Duffle

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Peacocks Steal

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New Look Pea Coat

The smart panelled coat will often have interesting detail like contrasting fabrics or definition on the yokes which break up the solid shape.

 

 

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New Look Parkas

Parkas on the other hand are much more relaxed and suit everyone – look for fur collars, breast pockets and drawstring waists to accentuate your figure.

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