Every fashion-conscious shopper who wants to look good understands that the golden rule to dressing well is to know your body shape; the same applies when searching for the perfect jacket. With a growing number of retailers specialising in clothing for all body shapes, such as La Redoute, women of all shapes and sizes can have fun with fashion.
When looking for the perfect item of clothing, the most important thing is to know your body shape. With TV style gurus Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine now claiming that our figures are no longer confined to the classic Pear, Apple and Hourglass, but to twelve body shapes, including Apple, Hourglass, Skittle, Vase, Cornet, Lollipop, Column, Bell, Goblet, Cello, Pear and Brick, it is now as easy as ever to find the shape that best describes you. It may be tempting to opt for a jacket that you love the look of which doesn't necessarily flatter your body shape, but it is important that you avoid doing this. After all, the more compliments you get from wearing a perfect coat, the better you will feel.
If you are an hourglass shape - your chest and hips are in proportion but are larger than your waist - you may find that a coat in a classic cut that nips in at the middle allows you to get the most out of your look. Belted coats are also good for showing off beautiful curves.
Alternatively, you might be a pear shape: where the widest part of your body is the hips, bum or thighs. The key here is to balance out your bottom half, to make your figure appear in proportion - this will also have a slimming effect. Coat designs with detail and structuring in the top part of the garment, like coats with fur collars or buttons through the breast line, are best for pear shapes. If you want to save money and instead create this look with an old coat, why not invest in winter accessories like a faux fur stole or collar to the same effect?