Chic coats for cold nights

The Sun (Malaysia) - - STYLE -

faux an­i­mal skin, to mil­i­tary style, to sporty parkas, there's a style of coat to suit ev­ery taste and fig­ure. Don't worry about not fol­low­ing a trend as, thank­fully, no sin­gle style dom­i­nates the lat­est coat de­signs.

Our ex­perts give their opin­ions on which coat to wear when out and about.

The tight-fit­ting tai­lored coat is the most clas­sic of all coat de­signs.

"There are plenty of coats in this style," says per­sonal shop­per An­drea Lake­berg. "They in­clude the blazer, the bathrobe-type coat with a belt or wide-shoul­dered coats." Wear a coat with a waist­line to achieve an op­ti­cally taller look.

"As long as it's not too long, this jacket can look per­fect on a slen­der woman," says stylist Katha­rina Star­lay.

Pat­terned jack­ets and check jack­ets are re­ally in fash­ion this year.

"Clas­sic black and white Prince of Wales check is com­ing back into fash­ion as well as in colours," says Lake­berg. No mat­ter what pat­tern is cho­sen, it must suit the wearer's fig­ure. "Tall women can wear large pat­terns bet­ter small women," says Star­lay.

"Faux fur re­mains in fash­ion," ob­serves stylist Maria Hans. Fake an­i­mal skin is most pop­u­lar in a leop­ard skin pat­tern.

"This has be­come a clas­sic in its own wright," says Hans. It's of­ten worn in bright colours such as red, sky blue or turquoise.

Be­cause it's an eye-catcher, the fake skin jacket should be com­bined with clothes that won't at­tract much at­ten­tion. Fake fur tends to be quite vo­lu­mi­nous so it can make the wearer look heav­ier, ad­vises Star­lay.

A mil­i­tary-style jacket with a belt and two rows of but­tons will strike a rather serious look. These coats usu­ally come edged with ei­ther green or red pip­ing and gold or sil­ver but­tons.

"These all en­sure that this type of coat draws looks," says stylist Ritchie Karkowski. "By wear­ing this type of coat you will be the cen­tre of at­ten­tion. The rest of your out­fit should be more muted."

A leather coat is per­fect for cre­at­ing a rock­star look. Trench coat style leather coats in ei­ther matt or shiny leather are in fash­ion. The most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber here is that the shape must match the wearer's fig­ure. – dpa

A mil­i­tary-style coat with gold but­tons. This one in navy blue wool is sold by Basler.

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