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Brave the Elements with the Plus Size Coat Guide

Brave the Elements with the Plus Size Coat Guide

Daylight savings time has forced the cooler weathers to arrive sooner. With weathers dipping into nippy lows, it’s time to bust out those wonderful winter coats. However after perusing your closet, you realize that your wardrobe is in dire need of a new, fun, updated, AND functional toasty coat. To help you out, we’ve created a fun plus size coat guide to help you out! 

We have whipped up handy guide for you to use and reference when looking for that perfect Winter Coat! Now, I must admit, I am a coat hound! For each type of coat I am going to share with you, I have at LEAST one of!

Depending on your lifestyle, budget, and tastes, finding a coat can be had. There are a few categories of coats and must know tips that we must tackle and understand before you jump out there to shop! You have to know what you want and what to expect yes? YES.

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Remember the quality in plus size fashion post, we shared last week?

Well revisit the Quality post and keep those tips in mind while we tackle what you need to know when you buy a coat. Execution, quality, craftsmanship, and longevity of wear all affect the cost of your coat.

So, when you are choosing the fabrication and style of coat, be mindful for the differences!

Fit and Fabric

Fit

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MARY KATRANTZOU Oates Plus Size Coat with Faux Fur at 11Honore.com

The proper fit is crucial when buying your winter coat. When you are shopping for your winter coat pay attention to these tips:

 

  • Wear layers, a sweater, or knits to ensure that your jacket will be able to keep you warm AND fit
  • Cross your arms in front of you and give yourself a hug, your coat should feel comfortable across your back.
  • Button or Zip up the jacket. Move around a bit. Your coat should have room around your chest, hips, and the armholes (if the slightest uncomfort or pull, take a size up). The whole purpose is to protect you from the elements! In love with the coat and it does not fit right? Ask for a size up or have them order it for you in your size- or worst case, find another one.
  • Your sleeve length is another factor. Sleeves should ideally fall an inch past your wrist. This allows your coat to cover your arms while you are moving!

Fabric

Dependent on the level of warmth, comfort, and allergies, your winter coats’ fabric can be fashioned in cotton blends, tweeds, wools, furs, leathers, and suede. Dependent upon your lifestyle, budget, and style, the fabric of your coat you should LOVE as you will find yourself in this fabulous choice throughout the season!

To note:

 

  • When shopping, know that there is a difference from the $600 coat and a $100 one. Alpaca Wool and a wool blend will have significant differences in wear! Wool jackets are lined, as most people’s skin (like myself) itch like crazy with wool!
  • Leather and suede should be pre-treated to withstand the many elements (check and double check to make sure!)
  • Furs are usually stored in a temperature controlled vault and require more maintenance, while furs provide the most warmth and style. Faux fur is always a great, while furs provide the most warmth and style. Faux fur is always a great alternative to this!

What’s Your Style?

So, now that we have covered the basics of fit and fabric, let’s jump into the fun part: THE STYLE. With so many options, inspirations, and fashion perspectives to wear, but where do you begin? Here are the general categories and some of my favorite picks for you!

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I WILL SAY: Throw out your notions that you cannot wear this style or that style because, that no longer holds true! While there may be certain styles that work BEST for you, that does NOT mean that you cannot wear a specific style over another… find what works for you!

Leather, Suede, and Fur (Faux too)

  • Evidenced from my plentiful posts about leather, my most recent leather giveaway, and the examples below, plus size leather does exist!
  • Prices will range greatly based on the quality of leather, the retailer, and the execution of the coat.
  • Always have your coat pre-treated- especially for suede and leather (if not already done for you). This protects your coats lifespan in your closet and on your curves.
  • Fur has transformed itself into a variety of cuts which plus size women can wear without looking bulky. Real fur requires special upkeep- think a temperature controlled vault in off seasons, making faux fur a great alternative!
  • Many plus sized women shy away thinking this style will only add to their curves, but with talented and curve conscious designers fashioning great coats, you can don a puffer coat!
  • Look for the stitching making sure it creates a waistline and the spacing between the stitching lands at favorable places along your curves.
  • Whether a vest or coat, your coat should be lined, so that the down feathers do not poke you nor shed on your clothes, and fall at the top of your hip for day to day casualness or knee length for chic appeal.

 

Puffers and Parkas

  • Many plus sized women shy away thinking this style will only add to their curves, but with talented and curve conscious designers fashioning great coats, you can don a puffer coat!
  • Look for the stitching making sure it creates a waistline and the spacing between the stitching lands at favorable places along your curves.
  • Whether a vest or coat, your coat should be lined, so that the down feathers do not poke you nor shed on your clothes, and fall at the top of your hip for day to day casualness or knee length for chic appeal.

Pea Coats and Double Breasted Coats

  • Fit here is critical. The jacket MUST be able to close over you bosom.  It has to!
  • Opt for hip length coats for an everyday casually chic wear, and knee length for a more sophisticated look!
  • Wools are often used in this shape as it provides you both fit and function
  • Look for reinforced buttons. If they are falling off now, then they will not last you through the season. This is usually indicative of wear and the level of quality. Put it down and walk away- OR ask for a discount.
  • The finishing detail- THE BELT. Trench coats are fabulous for creating a waist on just about everyone and the defining detail is the belt!
  • Lining is another element with your trench and rain coat. Lining protects you from the elements and allows an added layer of warmth to your coat. Removable linings are an extreme plus!

 

Raincoats & Trenches

  • Look for reinforced buttons. If they are falling off now, then they will not last you through the season. This is usually indicative of wear and the level of quality. Put it down and walk away- OR ask for a discount.
  • The finishing detail- THE BELT. Trench coats are fabulous for creating a waist on just about everyone and the defining detail is the belt!
  • Lining is another element with your trench and rain coat. Lining protects you from the elements and allows an added layer of warmth to your coat. Removable linings are an extreme plus!

 

 

Did I miss anything? A good place to start- yes?

Have you found your Winter Coat?? Where did you get yours and what was it?

Still looking? What are you looking for?

View Comments (6)
  • How about those of us who are short, have no defined waist and are making their first trip to Chicago for Christmas? (I live in CA) I don’t want to look like the Michelin Man, nor do I want to freeze. Any suggestions?

  • Do you or anyone have any tips on plus size petite coat ideas? Most trench look like garbage bags on me, even with a belt and I feel like I look stumpy and unshapely. I hate buying a coat almost every year. there are a lot of cute slim fit styles on amazon but they are all garbage quality direct from china pieces that only last one or two wears, but I don’t want to spend anything over 200 either. A lot of plus size stores have just something that fits me vs something that is stylish.

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