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The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Most Flattering Coat For Your Body

Want to stay on-trend this season and play up your best assets? Read on.
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The Internet was up in arms late last week over Melissa McCarthy's Elle Magazine cover. Not over the fact that she was on it, but rather, what she was wearing on it: specifically, an oversized, grayish coat. To us (and McCarthy herself, who apparently chose the coat), it looked comfy and editorial--but others saw it as oversized--in a bad way--and intentionally masking McCarthy's body to please the thinspiration-loving fashion crowd.

Uproar or not, the big coat controversy got us thinking about outerwear--and how to choose the the right style for your frame. We consulted Lucky Magazine's market editor and all-around stylish lady Laurel Pantin for a few tips on picking the right coat for your body type.

Read on for her advice and our shoppable suggestions.


For a taller frame, Pantin recommends looking for a coat with a loose, oversized shape. "I'm really into a longer, oversize drop-shoulder/cocoon coat, which I think works best on a taller frame, whether you're curvy or boyish," says Pantin. But petite girls should avoid voluminous shapes: "If you're on the shorter side, it might be overwhelming."

1. Zara, $159.99 2. J.Crew, $350 3. Vanessa Bruno Athe, $885 4. Topshop, $100


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For women with smallish bust lines, look for tailored coats with exaggerated collars. "I'm eternally on the hunt for a navy peacoat that's cropped just mid-thigh and has beautiful little tailored shoulders and big curvy lapels," Pantin explains. "The crisp shape works for a lot of body types--but stay away if you're super busty."

1. Zara, $59.99 2. Topshop, $150 3. Madewell, $295 4. Rag & Bone, $795


Have a hard time finding coats that flatter your chest? Look for styles that exaggerate your hourglass shape. "If you're well-endowed, I'd look for a ladylike, super tailored coat with a nipped in waist," advises Pantin. "So sexy!"

1. MICHAEL Michael Kors, $178 2. The Row, $2293.98 3. Donna Karan, $3,995 4. ASOS, $124.59


And for those of you on the shorter side? Pantin has just two words: "Cropped peacoat!"

1. Banana Republic, $198 2. Holmes & Yang, $1,995 3. Burberry, $1,095 4. Ella Moss, $278