How to choose a Winter Coat according to your Body Shape

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

Buying a new winter coat is an investment, so you want to make sure that the style you choose is flattering to your body shape. For this reason, ensure that you choose that right style (one that is not going to go out of fashion next winter) and that it works for your body shape.

There are numerous styles of coats in the store, but what is on trend may not necessarily be the right choice for you.

Rectangle Body Shape

This body shape has the hips, waist and bust approximately the same size, with the waist not clearly defined. If you are tall, you can opt for voluminous coats, provided they have a belt, so as to create the illusion of an hourglass figure. If you are petite, choose more feminine styles that taper at the waist but flare out at the hemline.

Triangle Body Shape

This body shape has narrow shoulders and waist but wider hips.

If you have this body shape, choose styles that have large lapels, collars, padded shoulders and even detail (such as fur accents) around the collar. Statement collars will draw attention to the top half of your body and away from the hips. If big collars or lapels aren't your thing, look for trench coats or jackets with epaulettes or gathered, voluminous sleeves. One style to avoid is peplum style coats which draw attention to your hips or any coat or jacket that ends at your hips (your widest point).

Oval Body Shape

This body shape has its widest part around the waist, so when choosing a coat, you need to draw attention away from the waist. Open styles are best, since they create a vertical panel down the centre of the silhouette. Another type that suits Oval body shapes, are the swing coats, which flare out below the waist. Muted patterns also have an effect that draws the eye away from the mid-section of your silhouette. Styles to avoid are oversized coats in heavy fabrics.

Inverted Triangle Body Shape

This body shape has the broadest part across the shoulders, so when choosing a coat, we need to balance the top and bottom of the body.

Attention needs to be drawn away from your widest part (shoulders) so avoid large lapels and collars.

The coat shape of choice is one of flared silhouette, which gives the illusion of curvier hips. Choosing a coat with minimal details above the waist, but detail and pockets on the bottom half is preferred.

Hourglass Body Shape

This body shape has the hips and shoulders approximately the same size with a clearly defined smaller waist. The coat of choice is one that skims your hourglass silhouette, such as a wrap styles with a belt. Belted coats or trench coats work well for this body shape and styles to avoid are boxy, oversized, shapeless coats.


If you are short in stature, you want to make sure the coat does not overwhelm your frame, so the coat of choice is usually a shorter one. Coats that end between the hips and knees, will lengthen the legs and elongate the frame . Styles of choice include peacoat or cropped jackets.

Investing in a good quality coat forms the cornerstone of every Winter Wardrobe. Wearing a well fitting and shape appropriate coat, will instantly up the ante and inject style quality to your outfit.

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