Coats/Jackets/Blazers

How Not To Look Humongous In an Oversized Coat

For fall and winter designers from Céline to Burberry sent their models down the runway in cozy cocoon coats and billowy trenches. The look this season is all about oversized outerwear with voluminous shapes and exaggerated silhouettes.

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While it’s great to stay on top of the hot new trends (especially one that keeps you toasty warm in the cold winter weather), it can be difficult to rationalize adding extra volume to your frame. Let’s be honest, isn’t that the opposite of what we’re trying to do?

So how do you master the volume so the so coat doesn’t wear you? Here are a few tricks: 

1. Keep Everything Else Skinny 

The oversized look can be quite elegant if styled the right way. The key here is balance and proportion. Play up the big shape by contrasting it with narrow pieces. For example:

  • Opt for a slim-fitting pant. A cigarette or skinny style pant will balance out the heavy look of the coat.
  • A fitted sheath dress or pencil skirt also balance out your look.
  • Keep the hemline on the shorter side to help elongate your legs. If you still find the silhouette to be too overwhelming, try popping a wide belt over your coat and fix it at your waist. This will break up the massive look of the coat at the smallest part of your upper body.

2. Define Your Waist

To take control of a generous cut all you need to do is define your waist with a belt. Suddenly everything up tops looks more balanced.

3. Pair with a Sleek Shoe and Bag

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Big over skinny is the key to this look.

Finish off your look with feminine footwear like a chic ankle boot or a classic heel with a pointed toe. Be sure to stay away from anything too chunky or embellished. The idea behind the oversized look is one of minimalism: It’s all about clean lines and simple shapes.

The same rule will apply to your bag. Try a structured bag or a large clutch with minimal detail. Avoid soft, shapeless bags or a bag with a cross-body strap which can cut up the clean silhouette of the coat.

4. Choose a Length that Suits Your Body

Be careful to select a length that works with your figure type. A long, calf-length coat may look great on a 6-foot model, but for a woman of more average height, it can have a dwarfing effect. Look for a length to complement your height. For instance, a coat that stops at or above the knee works better on a shorter woman.

Chic and fashion-forward, an oversized coat also lends itself to another extremely practical use in the winter: you’ve got extra room underneath that coat, so use it to your advantage – layer! Though oversized outerwear may seem intimidating at first, playing with volume and shape is a great way to experiment and have fun with your Fall/Winter wardrobe.

5. Enjoy the Drama

These are wow coats meant to make a statement. This style of coat has presence, so have fun with it. Attitude is everything!

*This article by Guest Contributor Chantelle Collier.

Images courtesy of style.com

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