Plus size coats

What style coat is best for plus sizes?

Guide for finding the best flattering winter coats for your body shape

Plus size winter coat shopping can be fun, as there are so many styles and colors to choose from. We're not kidding! Finding one that complements your plus-size figure doesn't have to feel like an impossible task. All it takes is knowing what flatters your build to make the search more fun and successful. Here's a little help.

If you have a large bust, or tend to carry your weight predominately up top, it might feel like every coat squishes your chest. For a little breathing room, search for one with a v-shaped neckline and accessorize with a complementary scarf. Skip any plus size winter coats with belted waists, high necks or breast pockets, which can make your chest appear even larger.

Yes, larger chested women can wear plus size down coats, thank you very much. Look for coats with contoured down patterns in a vertical or v-shaped pattern. Go ahead and zip it up. You'll look terrific.

Speaking of waistlines, belted coats are wonderful on an hourglass figure. Cinching at the midsection emphasizes your shape, playing up some of your best features. Try a wrap coat that ties in the middle and see what you think. If you can't find a belted coat warm enough for sub-zero temperatures, look for a plus size down coat with shaping, including contoured down channels. It has the same visual effect.

Petite women should wear cropped plus size coats that hit a little above the knee. Anything longer can bury you in fabric and make you appear shorter. If you're tall, go ahead and try a long coat; on warmer days, they look great worn open over skinny jeans and a striped top.

Rectangular builds can carry off almost any type of coat – lucky you! Anything with a large collar or nipped waist keeps you from appearing overly boxy. Patterned coats, like something in a beautiful tartan, often flatter figures that aren't super curvy, too.

Plus size women's winter coats that flare at the waist are perfect for pear-shaped gals, who run larger through the hips. Another option is a plus size wool coat with a gentle A-line shape. A coat with detailing at the collar, like wide lapels or faux fur trim, helps create a more balanced appearance. The emphasis is on your smile as you brave the elements in style.

No matter what type of coat you choose, make sure it has a well-made lining. Pockets for keeping your hands warm are nice to have, too, and always make sure the coat's buttons are securely sewn on. Otherwise, you may have to replace them sooner than you'd like.

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