I was asked by Ingrid of Norway how to choose a flattering coat length, and I know all you in the Northern Hemisphere are getting to grips with colder weather, so here is a quick guide.
Longer coats work best on longer people, shorter coats on shorter people. Of course if you live somewhere that gets super cold, who cares if you’re short and the coat swamps you – at least you’ll be warm (which in the end is the most important thing when you’re in sub zero temperatures).
Short coats are great for the petite, as well as average height women or for climates that don’t get too chilly. They also work for spring/autumn weather in colder climates.
Medium length (mid-thigh) coats are good for the more petite, where you want more length for warmth, but not so long they overwhelm your frame.
A 3/4 length coat (one that is just above the knee) is flattering for most average height people. If you’re petite a slightly shorter (medium length) coat is often better.
Long coats – 7/8th or longer than knee length are best for those 5’6″ and over, they are best when shaped at the waist (not necessarily belted) to create a flattering silhouette.
Also consider the fabric and weight of the coat, does is suit your frame and figure? Stiff fabrics stand out and make you look larger. Very heavy or bulky coats will make a petite person look swamped.
Body shape tips:
- Along with the length of coat, don’t forget to consider the shape and where the pockets are.
- If you have wider hips and don’t want to draw attention to them, avoid coats with big pockets on the hips.
- If you have a larger bust, look for a coat with a lower opening, rather than one that does up high.
- If you don’t have a defined waist, avoid belted coats