Shopping for a plus size coat doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you keep a few key points in mind, you will be able to select a slimming plus size coat that will compliment your figure as well as your wardrobe.
Take Your Time
Your outerwear is often the first thing people see you in, and sometimes it is the only thing. So be sure to invest some time when shopping for a coat. Don’t try to shop when you are feeling rushed or depressed. This can lead to coming home empty handed or worse yet, with a regrettable purchase.
Know your Needs
Before you hit the malls, be sure to have an idea of where and how you will be wearing your new coat. Do you need a coat to keep you warm in very cold weather? Do you need a lightweight, versatile coat for travel? Keeping your needs in mind while shopping will help to prevent you from getting sidetracked and make the decision process easier.
A coat that is either too small or too large will make you appear bigger than you are. A well fitting coat should lie smoothly over your clothing without any bunching or binding.
The length of a coat can be a matter of practicality. For example, you may prefer a shorter style if you spend a lot of time getting in and out of cars. But, length can also be used to accentuate your best features or to cover up those that you are not pleased with. Do you have less than stellar thighs but slim shapely calves? By wearing a knee length coat, you will draw attention to your great lower legs and appear much slimmer.
Shape and Proportion
The shape of a coat can be used to visually sculpt the figure. If you have an hourglass shape, a belted coat will accentuate it. If the smallest part of your body is under the bust line, a coat with an empire waist will draw attention to this area and help to give you a slimmer look.
Look for details in a plus size coat that will create a slimming effect for you. Patterns, buttons and seams can make or break the look of a coat. A pattern that visually draws the eye up and down will be more slenderizing than a horizontal pattern. A coat with a single row of buttons is usually more flattering on a busty figure than a double breasted coat. Well placed seams can be used to visually whittle the waist and lift the bust.
Don’t Make Do
If you have been trying to lose weight, you might be tempted to make do with your old clothing until you drop a size or two. This may seem like a practical thing to do. But more often than not, this type of thinking will work to keep you further from your goals. Looking and feeling good about yourself now will give you the confidence you need to meet all of life’s challenges.