So autumn is properly upon us now and coats are starting to appear on high streets across the British Isles. Now coats are the ultimate clothing item. Everyone wants a coat that will last forever and keep them warm over winter. This translates into being more willing to pay more than normal for the perfect coat.
However, I have been lucky enough to end up with two coats. My wonderful white trench coat was a Christmas present five years ago and has remained stylish throughout. My black oversized coat is a more recent acquisition due to a generous housemate who no longer wanted it. (Tip: Cultivate friendships with the generous and stylish, as self-absorbed as that sounds.) That means that my biggest issue, as regards autumnal outerwear, is whether oversized or belted is the preferable style.
In the defence of my faithful belted trench, the cinched waist does provide that ladylike hourglass silhouette. However, the black oversized wins out for several reasons. Its thicker material means I need fewer layers underneath to keep warm, thus avoiding the michelin man look. Plus the added practicality of black needing a wash less often than a white coat. But at the end of the day, the oversized shape not only makes you feel slimmer but it also provides the same optical illusion when worn open. And anything that makes a fat day more bearable gets a thumbs up in my book.