The Best Plus-Size Coats to Hit the Runway in 2010

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We still have far too many thin models prancing down the runway, but 2010 is looking good for plus size women anyway, and especially if you want to buy a coat. Here are the trends to look for and how plus size women can use them to make the most of their assets.

The two hottest styles continue to be the pea coat and the trench coat. Pea coats work well for plus size women because the full collar and button-down fronts emphasize the top part of the body. If you want to make your bottom look smaller, the proven way to do that is to make your top look bigger, so pea coats are helpful if your lower body is large. Pea coats also work well because they can be form-fitting, and that sleek look actually makes larger women look good. Sleek shows confidence, and confidence always looks good.

The trench coat style is better for taller plus size women (the taller you are the longer a coat you can wear). Trenches are also excellent if you want to create the look of a waist. And again, the open chest and pronounced collar of trench coats makes the upper body look larger, so if you want to seem more proportional and your lower body is large, a trench coat is a great way to go, especially if you are 5′ 8″ or taller. Shorter women (5′ 5″ and under) will not look as good in the traditional long trench coat, but if you take the trench coat waist and belt asset and move it over to the walking coat length, you’re good to go.

Walking coats did not specifically make the runway hot lists (though you see them on the runways all the time), but walking coat styles work pretty well for plus size women, and for some reason I’m seeing walking coats in stores and in online sites all over the place. There are a lot of nice walking coats around for $150 or less, and plus size women would do well to give them a try on to see how they work. And that’s especially true if the walking coat has a larger collar and buttons, and a belt.

The hottest color for 2010 is definitely camel. Camel is good for larger women, and I’m always grateful when a classic, tasteful style happens to be trendy, too. Please note that camel is not beige — camel has more honey tones to it. Camel hair coats are where the camel color became a legend, and so much of the camel colors that came off the runway were paired with coats. Don’t worry if your camel coat is not actual camel hair… any felt-like fabric will work.

Speaking of camel hair… fur is a serious trend this year. Personally I am anti-fur, though I do have a fox collar jacket I inherited from my mother. Fur is absolutely OK for plus size women, but make sure that you buy a length that will make you look good (short for short women, long for taller women, and knee length for all). If you want your lower body to look smaller, go with a big single breasted style or something with a big collar. If you want to draw attention away from your upper body, go with a coat length that is a little longer.

Source by Cecilia Montrose



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