As the colder weather begins to loom you see more coats and jackets come in view. Coats not only keep you warm, they help you make the fashion statement of the season. However, that only depends on how well you’re able to pull off the style with the winter coat you’re putting on.
The type of coat or jacket you wear can change the mood of the your overall outfit. Just like almost every item of clothing I experimented with coats of different textures, colours and lengths to come up with styles that are not only fashionable but versatile as well.
Here are some ways you can wear your outerwear this season.
- Keep it balanced
When it comes to selecting the right outerwear or your outfit of the day, you’ve got to take balance into consideration. A bulky coat requires slimmer clothing underneath while a coat that sits very close to your body gives room to something wide or flowy.
For example, cape coats are voluminous at the bottom. To balance the effect such a coat would create it’s best to wear it over a pair of skinny jeans, fitted skirt or cigarette-style pants.
- Belt your coat
It is a popular trend now to belt your coats. The coat most suited for this purpose is the trench coat. Almost every fashion conscious woman has at least one trench coat in her wardrobe.
Belting a coat like the trench coat gives a lot of dimension to your shape. It accentuates your waist giving it a very flattering look.
You can basically style your trench coat with anything. Usually trench coats come with their own belts but you can add your own twist to it by using a chunky belt. To clearly define your shape, you may opt for a belt of a darker shade like dark brown or even black to create the needed contrast that will suit your outfit.
- Choose coats that complement the length of your outfit
Coats come in either short or long styles. But it’s important to note that you should carefully pile what to wear underneath the coat.
For example, a cropped coat, which is a very short coat, works perfectly over a maxi dress or skirt. They complement each other as they balance each other out.
However, when it comes to knee-length coats, a maxi dress will be a big “NO”. Knee-length coats best work with outfits that are slightly shorter than the coat itself. This gives the illusion that the coat’s doing all the work in looking fashionable.
A floor-length coat won’t really mind the length of the outfit underneath especially when you intend to keep the coat all buttoned up.
- Make a statement
Coats don’t have to bore your outfit. And just because it’s getting cooler, you have to retreat to dull or dark colours. Don’t be afraid to make a bold statement with your coat. Make your coat the focal point of your ensemble.
Instead of just sticking with neutrals or monochrome, get adventurous with bright colours like red, yellow or orange. Style your bright coats with darker outfits so that they don’t distract attention from your bright coloured coats.
Aside from opting for bright coloured coats, try out coats with fun styles like the duffel coat which will make a good change from the popular trench coat. It’s not only fun, it’s laid back and chic. It works well over more casual outfits like a pair of jeans and a simple jumper or shirt.
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