The Best Winter Coats for Your Body Type
Let’s face it: A coat that looks good on you is a winter must-have — it’s the one thing people will see you in for months. To find out this year’s trendiest coat styles that work best for various body types, we enlisted Topshop creative consultant Geoffrey Finch for help. Whether you’re tall, petite, lanky or curvy, there’s a style that’s made for you. Keep reading to find out which one you’re meant to rock!
Tall ladies know coat shopping can be tricky, because often the sleeves aren’t long enough or the fabric pulls too tightly under the shoulders. “Proportions are really important. Avoid crop styling and shorter sleeve lengths,” Finch tells us. “There are so many great longer styles this season, which will be perfect if you’re blessed with a longer leg.” Dusters are so in right now and will also show off your enviously long legs. (via Topshop)
If You’re Curvy
Finch advises women blessed with curves to pick coat styles that will emphasize your waist and show off your curves. “Belted coats are not only key this season, they’re also super flattering,” he says. “Otherwise, check out our waist-cinchers.” The key is to keep things fitted. (via Eloquii)
If You’re Petite
“Best to keep those lines right,” Finch advises women on the smaller side. “Look out for waisted styles, as they can end up in the wrong position. If you want a roomier look, keep it on the neater side by trying a smaller size than you would normally go for.” Just like with curvy girls, petites can’t go wrong with a fitted style. Something baggier — like a blanket or cape — can swallow a small frame, making you look even more petite than you actually are. (via Topshop)
Coats That Look Good On Everyone
Luckily, there’s a big trend going on that’s basically foolproof and looks good on anyone: crombies, the three-quarter-length style of overcoat made famous by British coat brand Crombie. “Single-breasted crombies always work, and you can always add extra details like fur collars and belts — and they love to be layered,” Finch says. Warm, stylish and looks good on everyone who wears it: Now, that’s a winner. (via Topshop)
What trendy coat style are you loving this season? Tell us in the comments!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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