My Plus Size Winter Coat Collection

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A Plus Size Fashion Rant– Finding the Perfect Coat:

Every November (just before I freak out that its December) I start casually looking at coats. Every year, I am disappointed. I look around at my slimmer girlfriends in their trendy, colorful coats and jackets, but when I shop around, I find either very warm coats with no style, or very trendy coats that wont keep me warm! I am on a mission for fashionable-yet-functional outerwear, but each year I see a lot of:

Plus Size Bubble Jackets: These coats are super warm, but the added inches to your body all around must be considered! When a New York City Plus Size girl like me is trying to casually wedge herself into a seat on the subway, every inch counts!

Plus Size Pea Coats: Yes these coats are classic but with the shoulder pads and double breast design, they make me feel boxy and boyish… also, over the years I have had a pea coat in 3 different colors… I’m ready for something new! The same goes for the standard Single Breast Button Down Coats

And while I’m at it, why do plus size coats only come in Black, Grey and Red? For once– I would love to see a pink, belted, cap sleeved, well designed coat in a true extended size (no more “3X” labels that are actually made to fit a a 14-16, instead of a 22/24).

What makes a Great Plus Size Winter Coat?

Living in New York City, I have learned that it’s good to invest in a great plus size winter coat. Your coat needs to keep you warm no matter what and needs to be something you actually feel good in too—after all, it’ll be your outer layer for a good portion of the year. What makes up a great plus size winter coat? We’re glad you asked. Your coat should be warm, comfortable, easy to layer, easy to travel with, and well-made enough to be the only one you need for years.

Where to find a Stylish Plus Size Winter Coat?

I understand that the plus size coat selection these days may leave much to be desired, I have slowly put together a plus size coat collection that I am super proud of. One thing I’d suggest is that you change your mindset around shopping. When I was in a rush for a coat and needed one right away, I was rarely happy with what I found. But, as I’ve started to practice slow fashion (I follow Ms. Beltempo for good guidance on a slow fashion) I can honestly say that it has taken me years to build a my New York plus size coat collection that I’m happy with. Some of these coats I stalked for years in my size, some of these coats I stumbled upon at a luxury sample sale. I broke a lot of fashion rules to find my coats– like trying things on that may not “technically” be my size.

For reference, my sizes are top: Size 14, bottom: size 18, height: 5’10, shoe: 11W

Since it’s the only part of your outfit you’ll need all season, there’s no reason your winter coat can’t be as fun as the rest of the year’s clothes—and I’ve found the best plus size pieces to prove it.

Here is my plus size coat collection, (use the arrows to click through the slideshow):

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  1. I agree 100%! In past years its been hard finding a really cute coat.. but this year i’m seeing lots of cute styles and colors for us PSP’s!! I found cute patterns and colors at Lane Bryant and Old Navy… Dept stores like Macy’s has had some cute ones as well. I put my pea coat back in the closet and wore more of my cute trenches and short swing coats this winter… well, so far!

  2. Some of my favorite items of clothing are from brands that I would never in a million years think of buying. It just goes to show you how much the “image” of a brand influences how you think of the design.

  3. Ha, I feel your frustration! I am a size 6, and I hate the way most coats look on me. They either make me look enormous or dowdy. I always look for a cinched waist, or belted detail, and try to find coats that will keep me warm without being too puffy. Really long coats don’t work for me since at 5’4″-5’5″, I’m not tall enough to carry them off. I’ll try to experiment more with colour in the Fall though, I always disappoint myself and choose the safe black or grey coat.

  4. It's almost November… Old Navy is stepping their game way up, as well. As for me, well… I've got size 20 shoulders but a size 32 hipline so my coats will be custom made by own hand… *le'sigh*

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