What Body Types Can Wear a Trench Coat?

Because of the variety available, there's a fashionable trench coat out there for you.

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It's the super stylish outerwear that holds a spot on that exclusive list of wardrobe classics alongside tailored black trousers and crisp white shirts. Season after season, trusty trench coats pop up everywhere, from the hottest catwalks to the best budget boutiques. While it's trendy but timeless, you might be wondering if you have the right shape to pull off a trench. Designer brand Burberry might have created the original design, but the good news is that this trend is not just for the slim, rich and famous. Women of all shapes and budgets can pull off a trench coat.

Styles and Fabrics

Trench coats come in a vast array of fabrics and styles, and you can find one to flatter any silhouette. A belt is the secret weapon. The little feature will make any figure will look great, creating curves on small figures but also flattering curvier frames. Single-breasted trench coats generally look good on all body types, while double breasted styles can sometimes be a little trickier for curvier ladies. Some trench coats can feel bulky if they have been made with too much fabric or the fabric is very heavy, like wool. A lighter fabric, like cotton twill or silk, will be more forgiving, and select a style that is well-structured and fits close to your body.

Celebrity Proof

Look no further than Hollywood for proof that this is one trend we can all rock. Perfectly groomed celebrities of all shapes and sizes have stepped out in the style, including curvy Queen Latifah, leggy Uma Thurman, athletic Katie Holmes, svelte fashionista Olivia Palermo and petite Harry Potter actress Emma Watson -- they all adore the style and have been regularly spotted in their trench coats. Trench coats have even won the royal seal of approval -- super slim Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton is also a huge fan.

Mix It Up With Color

Khaki or camel is the classic color for a trench coat, but it's not your only option. Trench coats come in a huge array of colors including black, white and even bright bold colors like red and pink. Black is always slimming so is a good option for ladies with something to hide, while block colors can help give the illusion of curves.

Your Perfect Fit

You don't need to be able to run a marathon in your trench, but it is essential you invest in one that fits you properly. Make sure it won't pucker across your chest when it is buttoned. You should be able to move easily in your coat -- raising your arms to shoulder level and picking stuff up off the floor should be a breeze. If you're petite, look for a coat that isn't too long and with a neatly sized collar -- otherwise the trench coat will swamp your figure and make you look like you're wearing your dad's. You might even want to consider a short trench that ends at the waist to help show off your legs to the maximum. If you're taller, make sure your coat is long enough in both the arms and length. A good tip is that full-length sleeves should generally reach your first knuckle.

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