A classic coat that has a narrow silhouette, shaped waist, torso princess seaming and a slight flare towards the hemline.
May be double or single breast.
Best worn with skirts and dresses.
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A coat is one of the most expensive items of clothing you will ever purchase and should be considered an investment piece. Purchase the best quality you can afford in fit, cloth and cut. Take time to consider your needs and lifestyle to find the most appropriate style. Use the following guidelines along with your personal portfolio advice:
For long-term value, select styles that are simple and without extravagant detailing. Avoid oversized collars, yokes and pockets as well as styles with lots of buttons. Long coats should be longer than your skirt or dress by approximately 1.5 cms (1/2in), and boots should be high enough to disappear under the hemline. Shorter coats are best considered as short-term investments as they are often part of a fashion fad, e.g. a short satin trench coat. Coats may be found in many different fabrics from plastic-coated cottons to animal furs. In general, the bulkier the fabric, the heavier you will appear. Some classic coat materials include: cashmere, soft wool, camel hair, gabardines and poplins.