Honest, Practical, Style Advice

Planning a new coat for winter, what should you be looking out for?

  1. Start with colour –

Do you know what colours suit you best (or which colours to avoid)? You don’t want to be investing in a black coat if you know it looks a bit severe and aging on you (even if you think it will go with everything). Perhaps a lighter shade would work better, but what shade; grey, camel, navy or do you go with a bold splash of colour? Give this some thought and if you’re not sure, I’m always happy to help!

One thing to bear in mind is that any solid dark colour will show marks/fluff etc. I’m forever having to roller my black coat to keep it looking pristine, so not a good choice if you don’t have the time or inclination or have young drooling kids!! Snot looks much better on a blended fabric!!

  1. What about fit?

If you’ve got an hourglass figure, look for a coat that has shape and shows off your curves.

Pear shapes will look good in military style coats, double breasted and wide lapels will work well.

If you are an inverted triangle shape go for simple tailored lines, sharp and structured, nothing too fussy.

Apple shape bodies should avoid belted coats. Look for a style that emphasizes the shoulder-line and isn’t too bulky. Avoid raglan sleeves.

Don’t compromise on fit; there are loads out there!

These are some examples:


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boden199karlieBoden £199
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  1. How much should you spend?

Well, it depends on you lifestyle and what you are buying the coat for. The old adage ‘you only get what you pay for’ is true and remember, you want to still like it next year!

As always, do send me an email or pick up the phone if you need any individual advice or help! 


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