Fashion meets function with oversize outerwear
Pump up the volume in your outerwear with an oversize coat.
“The big coat has become quite fashionable,” Nordstrom fashion director Gregg Andrews says. “It also is really practical, especially, if you live in colder climates. It might not be a coat you wear every day, but it is part of the trend today where women have a wardrobe of coats. And, the big coat definitely fits into that collection.”
It might come in the form of a menswear-inspired style to one that has feminine details on a boxy shape.
“Some of the newest oversize coats are double-breasted or wrap styles,” Andrews says. “And, if you are more adventurous when it comes to fashion, don't be afraid to choose a bold color such as blue or red, because it's really about statement coats and about owning more than just a basic black coat.”
Andrews says the best length is at the knee — or just above or below, because, if you go too long, it might not be so comfortable when you are trying to get in and out of a car. Or, if the roads are slushy, you don't want the bottom of the coat dragging.
“Many coats below the knee are hard to pull off, anyway” Andrews says. “Because, they aren't always flattering.”
Oversize coats were on trend during runway shows, which featured a return to volume in everything from the midsection to the sleeves to the entire garment, says Marissa Rubin, senior market editor for People Style Watch. It is a piece that has to be big enough, so if you are wearing something underneath, it fits well. These coats often look like they are designed more to fit a guy's body, but they will definitely come in handy as temperatures dip, Rubin says.
“Some of these coats have a menswear vibe to them,” Andrews says.
Cindy Weber-Cleary, fashion director for InStyle magazine, agrees oversize coats are a great trend for fall, but might not necessarily be right for all women.
“You need to be tall to pull it off to where it looks best,” Weber-Cleary says. “They look great with heels and boots. ... Go with a single-breasted design, because it is classic and a safe investment. I love having many coats. A coat completes an outfit.”
One mistake women make — after spending a lot of time and energy getting dressed — is they just throw on any coat, Weber- Cleary says. They forget to think about how it all looks together. “The coat is a vital part of the outfit,” she says. “Don't be afraid to try a coat you haven't tried before. A coat is a fun way to wear color, and you need a coat every day in the winter, so why not have many styles to choose from in your closet, including an oversize coat?”
Women who wait for a bus or who are outside a lot definitely need a big, warm coat, Weber-Cleary says.
“I feel like the big coat is the hardest shape to wear, so I would go with something belted, and try hard to not layer too much underneath, because you will already look bulky, so you don't want to add on a lot of extra pieces,” says Lindsay Huggins senior fashion-market editor for Self magazine.
The oversize menswear-style jacket is definitely a fresh silhouette this season, says Joanna Douglas, Yahoo! shine-fashion editor.
“It's really modern, and the best way to wear it (is to) really embrace the oversized shape. Keep everything else you wear really sleek and minimal.”
Pair it with skinny jeans with a turtleneck or a shift dress with knee-high boots and dark tights, Douglas says.
“These are all great pieces that will keep you warm underneath without adding more bulk,” she says. “You could certainly get a neutral oversize coat in black, gray or camel. Those are everywhere at a variety of price points. But you're looking for a statement coat, so why not go all out? A bright-cobalt blue is stunning, and can make any basic outfit into a really special outfit. You'll be excited to bundle up each day.”
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7889.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers finalize 53-man roster
- Pitt cruises past Delaware in season opener
- Rams cut Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted in NFL
- Fall preview: Neil Patrick Harris among coming autobiographers
- New heart drug gets top marks in study; cardiologist calls it significant breakthrough
- Decorating touches help retreats sparkle
- McConnell aide quits as scandal brews over 2012 presidential campaign
- Squashing stereotypes has women learning carpentry
- Former Steelers linebacker Harrison retires
- California governor appeals ruling that struck down schoolteacher tenure
- Man sentenced for killing girlfriend after crash