Can We Lesser Mortals find a stylish coat which suits our body shape?
Temperatures have dropped, and Lesser Mortals are feeling the need for a warmer coat, to keep their coccyx warm.( my Mum always said “wear a vest”). It’s easy to be attracted to a cheaper fashion version, but you will only get one or two seasons wear out of them. I do think that it’s worth spending a little more money on a better quality coat, which will last longer. And we all know the first 20 seconds of some-one’s impression is the most important. What does a pilled, dirty, cheap fur trimmed coat say about your work ethic? And what will a sharp, well cut, quality coat say about your personality? We all know the answer, but many of you will be thinking of the cost. SO this is what I do….I try on the exact size and style of the coat I want, and I sit with my finger poised on the computer keyboard, waiting for the first day they go on sale. Of course there is a risk associated, but if you heed my advice as an ‘image consultant” and have several lined up on your “want” list, then you are bound to score with one of them. And without the effort of fighting through the shops just before Christmas Day. And you don’t have to worry about returns, because you have already tried on the right size. Anyway, good luck – no-one said it was easy looking good…..!! And if it works?? Well, that’s why you follow a “fashionblog”.
Here are a few ideas I have clocked on my journeys round the High Street.
- Collared neck overcoat. £85. Marks and Spencers Collection. Sizes 8-22. Polyester, viscose, elastane. Dry clean only. A striking long length coat with contrast detail, which folds at the lapels, to break up the chest area, and belts in underneath to slim the overall silhouette, so suits top heavy ladies. Quite long length, so suits taller women.
- Double breasted wool-blend coat. Reduced to £79.99 from £119. Mango. Sizes XS to XL. Wool, polyester, polyamide, acrylic mix. Dry clean only. Trench styles really suit hourglass figures, as they accentuate the chest, waist and hips, but they can also give shape to boyish and pear shapes.
- Annamae double breasted wool coat. £369. Ted Baker. Leather sleeves, and wool, polyamide, acrylic, polyester body. Dry clean only. Sizes 6-16. I love the cheerfulness of this coat, with its mix of edginess. Why fade into the background?! It is cut slightly wider over the hips, so if it’s not too baggy it will suit boyish figures, and slight pear shapes.
- Maddison coat. £100 reduced from £150. Coast Available in blue and black, sizes 6-18. Wool, polyamide, cashmere mix. Dry clean only. This could suit boyish figures, but the puffed shoulders, mean it will suit pear shapes too.
- Avenue coat. £195. Coast. Sizes 6-18. Polyester, wool, acrylic, viscose mix. Dry clean only. Faux fur trim. A fabulous glamorous coat which you shouldn’t just save for “best” as it is so classic in its cut. Would suit hourglass and boyish, but other shapes may find it suits, if their hips or shoulders aren’t too big.
- Phoebe boucle coat. Reduced from £99 to £69. Monsoon. Sizes 8-22, but many sizes sold out on line. Wool polyester mix. Dry clean only. This would suit apple shapes, and is a good price. Make sure it fits snuggly though, or you’ll just make yourself look enormous. Wear with a bright scarf.
- Elsa boucle coat. £129. Monsoon. Polyester, wool, viscose mix. Sizes 8-22, though many have sold out on line, and you may have to locate in stores. Yes – completely impractical, especially as you have to dry clean it, but there is a “wow” factor to this lovely retro styling, with three quarter sleeves and funnel neck. Probably a sale purchase, for use in drier (less dirty) weather. Suit apple shapes and boyish.
So what do you think. Let me know which is your favourite. I won’t bite and it’s great to get some interaction going. And come on ladies – be brave. A cheerful coat really gives you confidence, especially on a cold rainy January day. Don’t forget to check out We Lesser Mortals in Pinterest and Instagram. They are really easy apps to use, not much effort, and great for stalking your kids on. Don’t fight the technology…you don’t want to be that old granny who can’t internet bank!! For a one to one, or GIFT VOUCHERS, then contact me through www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk.
Best winter coats: Telegraph on line
womens coats: The chic fashionista
8 of the best winter coats: Etsy uk blog
cool coats for autumn: give as you live