Q: I’m 58 and measurement 14 to 16, and I’m uninterested in the large black puffer coat that I’ve been dressed in for years. It’s like each and every lady’s uniform and I’m uninterested in that. I’m going to stay it just for when it’s in reality chilly. I’m in a position for one thing extra upscale and trendy, perhaps an off-the-cuff fur jacket or a type of lengthy vests—simply so long as it’s now not chubby-looking. —SR, Ridgewood, N.J.
A: Your weariness with the ones ubiquitous puffer coats is comprehensible as a result of they make such a lot of ladies appearance too spherical and extensive. Sure, it’s time for an outerwear makeover, to seem graceful, fashionable and trendy—and keep heat, too. Not more oversize coats or cropped boxy jackets; no giant hoods or patch wallet for you. Get started off via examining each and every taste you check out on from all angles in a three-way reflect.
Fur and leather-based. (Actual and pretend.) No marvel you’re gravitating to trendy hairy types as a result of there’s extra selection than ever in fur, leather-based, shearling and reasonably priced pretend fur and “vegan” look-alikes. The fashionable option to put on fur this present day could also be the slimmest—the fur vest. With out cumbersome sleeves, you’re nonetheless toasty during the torso, making hairy vests sensible in transitional climate in addition to within the wintry weather while you’re most commonly indoors, commuting from storage to storage.
Depart the cropped or zip-front variations to the slim-hipped set. For you: a straight-cut, fingertip-length vest and not using a collar goes to be your profitable silhouette—in velvety sheared rabbit or knitted mink, or pretend variations. While you put on it with straight-legged denims or an extended pencil or A-line skirt with boots, you are going to appearance tall and stylish. Additionally believe hairy jackets that includes sleeves or again panels in cashmere or leather-based, like the ones from fur equipment fashion designer Adrienne Landau. Sheared fur and shearling collars and linings (actual and faux) on hip-length leather-based jackets are any other slenderizing choice. Make a selection a swish knit beanie or felt fedora; fur-on-fur appears simply too thick close to your neck.
Puffer and quilted vests and jackets. Bye-bye, dated black puffers. For the slimmest silhouettes, steer clear of types with broad rows of horizontal channel quilting—that’s the spherical appearance you’re averting. Search for curved channels that move in on the waist, or diamond-shaped quilting, in addition to thin rows of vertical quilting at the aspect panels that trim your waist. How a few zip-off hood? Veto each and every taste with a belt. All the time go for that lean, lengthy profile: the midthigh size, from manufacturers like Eddie Bauer. And ban the black and military: Opt for trendy up to date neutrals like olive, metal brown, bronze or eggplant.
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