If you look through the September and October magazines, you will see several ads and articles about coats for fall. Prada and Chanel both have great tweed coats, which I’ve talked about before. There are parkas and wool pea coats. But finding a fall coat is dependent on personal style and body type.
I think magazines bank on the fact that in the fall and winter months you start to understand that the coat IS the outfit. A cute coat goes very far in fall and winter when it may become like a second skin.
I have already shared that tweed is back with a vengeance. You can see it in several famed fashion houses. But outside of buying the “it” coat because it is on trend, what truly makes a great fall coat? Well, it depends on a few different things.
Is it a great shape for your body? Are you pear shaped – you may want a coat that floats away from the hips and has some embellishments up top to even you out. If you are an inverted pear, you definitely want to have something that minimizes the broad shoulders. Go for sleeker lines and maybe some that cinches at the waist. In the fall, I am a fan of the trench coat in the same way many women are fans of the wrap dress. It covers a multitude of sins. I like trying different belts with my trench coats because different belts give a bit of flare.
When selecting your fall coat, I also like the idea of considering location. I don’t think enough fashion magazines pay attention to the fact that fall in NY is different than fall in CA – and winters in NY or places in the Midwest are much much different than winter in CA or FL. So let’s not pretend location doesn’t matter.
Do you feel good in it? This question is becoming more and more important to me.
The coats I have shown above are coats that I like and feel they fit my style and my body type. I have them paired with shoes and bags. Though fall is often browns and auburn colors, I want to incorporate color this fall. I particularly like the green with the burgundy.