The cold season is approaching in many northern regions and countries, so it is time to take out your coats. If you don’t have one before the arrival of the season, start arming yourself with a good model that will serve you to combine with many garments.
But coats have the particularity of being a wide garment. So, selecting the right size can be somewhat complicated. Because of this, it is necessary to know your body very well. The measurements, as well as the various sizes, and what is there to select the that best suits the silhouette.
It is essential to know the size since, with the rise of online shopping, you need to be clear about this. And thus be able to make a purchase safely and without the hassle of making any changes or returns later.
Steps to choose the coat size
The first step toward a good choice is taking the measurements of the body. For this, it is necessary to use a measurement tape and proceed as follows:
- Surround the bust area by its most voluminous part.
- Similarly, round the waist with the tape measure.
- Record your hip measurements by placing the tape across your midsection.
- By arranging the tape from the shoulder to the wrist, you will be able to know the length of your arm.
- To find the width of your back, take the tape and measure from the end of one shoulder to the other.
Know the sizes according to the region
The size is also determined according to the country in which you are or the page or store where you will buy. So it is very important to know how to calculate it according to where you live or buy.
In the case of Latin America, the sizes of coats range from number 26 to 38. But in the case of Europe, it would be necessary to add 10 numbers to find the equivalence. That is, for a size 26 in Latin America, in Europe, it would be 36.
To learn more about the sizes that are handled in different countries, follow this table and learn to know your size according to where you are, or you are about to purchase the product:
- Europe: from size 34 to 38
- Latin America: 44-46
- United States: 2
- Europe: from size 38 to 40.
- Latin America: 48
- United States: 4
- Europe: from felling 40 to 42.
- Latin America: from size 50 to 52.
- United States: 6
- Europe: 44
- Latin America: 54
- United States: 8
- Europe: 46
- Latin America: 56
- United States: 10
- Europe: 48
- Latin America: 58
- United States: 12
Choose the coat size according to your body type
The shape of our body and physical characteristics are also decisive when choosing the best size for our coat. So, it is also essential to take into account the following:
In cases of short stature, the goal will always be to lengthen the figure visually. So, bulky garments are contrary to achieving what we want.
For this reason, coats with vertical lines are recommended for people of short stature. Short models, tight at the waist or 3/4, covering the hips but not reaching the knees, only up to the middle of the thigh.
Another option is to select models with buttons arranged in a line to create a vertical effect, along with fabrics with movement. And stay away from ponchos and oversized garments.
It is a privileged figure because any design suits it well, so it does not matter to accentuate the height. However, people like this don´t go wrong with short or midi models either.
In the case of tall bodies, but hourglass type, we recommend a coat that fits at the waist and reaches the knees. That is, something that reduces the height a little.
Avoid short sleeves and ponchos. Trench coats and oversize coats are allowed.
Long coats make the figure look slimmer, and the ideal measure is generally the one that covers the length of the dress or the one that reaches above the knees.
Slim and straight figures
This type of silhouette aims to create curves, define the figure from the volume, and mark the waist. It is advisable to add colors and textures to the coat, select those tight at the waist, and define it. Another option is printed in the bust area to give volume to the area and highlight it.
Other way to create volume is wearing a common coat with side pockets, which make the hips look wider. And models with darts and asymmetrical ones that also favor the “appearance” of visual curves.
As we saw in the figures of short stature, the formula of avoiding bulky garments should also be applied here. So, it is preferable to select pieces with a classic and simpler cut. As well as choosing basic and darker colors such as black and Navy blue.
Models fitted at the waist are also recommended to help define it and draw curves. Ensuring that the length is preferably above the knees, avoiding long lengths since they visually enlarge the body. Also, avoid excessive decorations in the front area, wide lapels, double-breasted buttons, and prints.
Wide or large hips are characteristic of pear-shaped figures, usually having a small back. So, the perfect coat should hide the lower area and highlight the upper one. To do this, choose a V-cut coat that highlights this area and focuses attention on it.
The A-cut ones are also accepted for this type of body since they do not mark the waist and collaborate in the task of concealing the hips and thighs, being able to also help by incorporating shoulder pads, belt loops, and furry collars to give volume and attention to the upper part.
And of course, a coat tied at the waist will also help you reduce the size of your hips, flattering your figure in general.
Large bust and broad shoulders
Logic indicates that in this case, the aim is to hide the upper part, which is where the largest size of our body is found. For this reason, everything that highlights this area should be avoided, seeking to highlight, on the contrary, the waist.
Do not choose the use of shoulder pads, prints, or appliqués. Since they will see you bigger in that part, nor a tight coat.
It is better to select an empire-style coat to divert attention and ponchos and capes that are usually A-line and add volume to the lower hips.
For large busts, you should go for one size larger than the same size. And avoid the coat fitting in this area and not only looking tight but also making you feel uncomfortable.
Selecting a coat should not be an uphill or impossible task. You just have to know your body type and size so that your selection is adequate and correct and can look perfect in this upcoming fall-winter 2022 season.