The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - STYLE -


you’ve dressed, and be­fore you leave the house, look in the mir­ror and take at least one thing off.

Thank you Coco Chanel, but brrr. . .ing on the coat, be­cause with the chilly win­ter we’re hav­ing I don’t think any of us will be shov­ing ours to the back of the wardrobe any­time soon.

Yet so many of us get it wrong when choos­ing a coat be­cause the last thing we put on be­fore we leave the house is of­ten last on our win­ter wardrobe musthaves list.

A coat can make or break your out­fit. And while you don’t have to break the bank when buy­ing one, it’s worth in­vest­ing in the best you can af­ford be­cause when you find the right coat you will want to wear it ev­ery win­ter. So, here are my tips for a top coat: Pick wool or cash­mere rather than synthetic be­cause it will hold its shape bet­ter.

Speak­ing of shape, a coat with a nipped-in and or belted waist flat­ters all body types.

A coat that sits on or slightly above the knee will work well over dresses and pants.

For­get about a long coat if you are short and in­stead opt for one that sits on or above the hips to elon­gate the body. Yours ver­ti­cally-chal­lenged truly once made the mis­take of buy­ing a floor-sweep­ing coat the colour of musk Life­savers, which was any­thing but sweet. Let’s not sug­ar­coat it – I was down­right roly-poly in that coat.

Black is slim­ming, but, if your coat is cut right a bright colour can be just as flat­ter­ing . . . and fun.

To be sure of a good fit when you go shop­ping for your new coat, dress in what you plan to wear un­der it.

Or don’t, if you’re look­ing at get­ting this sea­son’s hero coat – the cape. Un­struc­tured rather than boxy, it not only suits ev­ery body shape and can be thrown on over prac­ti­cally ev­ery­thing . . . it also has room for dessert. Su­per. [email protected]­ver­

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