How to Choose A Winter Coat for Your Body Type?

"Here is our guide that will lead you to the perfect winter coat. You can make the right choice for your body shape following the tips we give."

Finding outfits that complement our unique frames gets harder especially when it is winter. We all have a hard time making decisions when trying to stay warm without sacrificing style. This guide will show you the best ways to choose the right coat. You really need to pay attention to the fit when it comes to coats. Understanding your body shape is the first step you should focus. Also, please don’t forget that body shape is about your bone structure, not your weight. You can be any body shape at any age, weight, or size. It is quite possible to feel stylish in winter with the proper cutting and fabric, avoiding the styles that highlight the points that you do not want to draw attention.

Here is our guide that will lead you to the perfect winter coat. You can make the right choice for your body shape following the tips we give.


If your hips and bust are equal in size and you have a narrower waist than both, you have an hourglass shape. Since your legs and upper body are probably considered proportionate, opt for form-fitting, double-breasted wrap coats.

If you like sporty outfits, you can wear straight cut sporty jackets and coats with a belt to highlight your waist. Jackets and coats ending at the waist are also ideal to emphasize your curves. When you want to look taller, you can choose knee-length coats.

Padded jackets and coats can widen your shoulders and make you look one size larger. Instead of thick padded ones, you can choose styles with thin pads that will complement your body shape.

You can choose any of kind of wrap fit and flare coats with a wide shawl collar or hooded styles. If you’re short, be careful to choose lengths that do not fall below the knee.


Your hips and thighs are wider than your upper body and your shoulders are narrower if you have pear shaped body. When choosing coats, you should choose styles with different details that do not draw attention to your hips and thighs. Styles with padded shoulders will provide balance in your proportion.

Don’t wear short jackets and coats. These styles end directly at waist height and you would highlight that area you want to hide. If you need to wear this type of coat, you can pair it with a similar color flared-pleated skirt or dress. Thus, attention will not be concentrated on a single point.

If you have short legs, be careful not to choose coats that are too long. Otherwise, you may appear fatter and shorter than you are. If you have coats that end below the knee, try combining them with a belt to look slimmer.

Since your upper body is narrow, you can easily wear shoulder detailed, wide collared coats. Opt for pocketless types to minimize the emphasis on hips and thighs.


Do you have an apple body shape? You should prefer neither too loose nor too tight clothes to balance your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips.

Flowy fabrics that don’t tend to stick to the body and asymmetrical cuts are ideal to create the illusion of height. However, this is unfortunately not an option when choosing coats. Therefore, avoid oversized quilted coats as much as possible. Opt for straight-cut coats to have a simpler yet stylish look. Try to find just the right amount of fabric so your coat doesn’t appear overly bulky. 


If you have rectangular-shaped body, your bust, waist and hips are roughly equal, and your waist is straight. So, opt for styles that add volume to your bust and hips.

Choose a collar and shoulder detailed, thin padded coat to make your upper body appear slightly thinner. You can prefer a-cut, asymmetrical, double-breasted winter cap and jackets. You’ll look stunning in structured pieces.

Inverted Triangle

If your shoulders and bust are larger than your narrow hips, you have an inverted triangle shape. Avoid coats with shoulder details, embroidery, epaulettes, and thick paddings to balance your proportions. Opt for A-cut trench coats falling below the knee rather than short coats.

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