Fashion

The perfect trench coat

A trench coat can take you from season to season, year after year. Its secret: structure and simplicity that bring out the best in every size and shape. This spring’s new renditions come in jazzy shades with updated details. Look for bracelet sleeves, rounded lapels or a belled bottom to add swing to your silhouette

The perfect trench coat
A trench coat can take you from season to season, year after year. Its secret: structure and simplicity that bring out the best in every size and shape. This spring’s new renditions come in jazzy shades with updated details. Look for bracelet sleeves, rounded lapels or a belled bottom to add swing to your silhouette
Petite

Have fun with this season’s punchy pinks and corals. And venture from a knee-length hem to a three-quarter or blazer-length style. That way, you’ll flatter rather than overwhelm your figure. Adding bold colour is easy with accessories. Have fun with coral espadrilles or a neon clutch.

Esprit cotton trench, $130, sizes 0–14.
Part Two silk-cotton tunic, $119, sizes XS–XXL.
Part Two cotton-Lycra pants, $79, sizes 32–46.

Pear

Look for an A-line trench that’s cut to accommodate your curves. Remember to choose a coat with flat or invisible side pockets to avoid putting extra emphasis or fabric on the hips and thighs. High heels create the illusion of longer legs, as do same-coloured tights. You’ll look inches taller.

Tristan cotton-nylon trench, $225, sizes XS–XL.
Part Two dress, $169, sizes 32– 46.

Busty

A no-frills trench is universally flattering – aim for a V-neck style that suits a bigger bust. Don’t cinch your belt too snugly; the smaller your waist looks, the fuller your bosom will appear. Chunky, stacked or wedge heels help make you look taller and slimmer.

Reitmans cotton trench, $80, sizes 5–15.
Style & Co. Women shirt, at the Bay, $52, sizes 14W–22W.

Apple

This coat’s open neckline and lapels help create the illusion of an hourglass figure. Belting the trench also suggests a defined waist. And note: Black and white layer well with any hue. Flatter your complexion and your outfit with a pretty scarf.

Black Bedo polyester trench, $169, sizes XS–XL.
Mac & jac shirt, $69, sizes XS- XL.

Plus

Try bright colours instead of predictable beige, but avoid oversized prints and too much volume in the body. Pair with dark bottoms to create a balanced look. Don’t super-size your satchel. It adds bulk to your figure.

2Xpose nylon trench, $175, sizes XS– XL.

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