Fall 2013 Trends - Coats and Outerwear  - but will REAL women wear? Photo Credit: Stylecaster.com

Fall 2013 Trends – Coats and Outerwear – but will REAL women wear? Photo Credit: Stylecaster.com

According to StyleCaster.com, the fall 2013 trend for outerwear is dramatically oversized coats. The runways showed dropped shoulders, enormous lapels, and extra long cuffs.

Designers like Stella McCarney, Carven, and Celine all showed their own version – many looking like they’d been pilfered coats from their father’s closet. But can a coat that looks cartoonishly large on a waif model look attractive on a plus size woman?

Fall 2013 Trends: Oversize Coats – But What Will REAL Women Wear?

I say no. That much fabric would be insanely heavy and look too much like a tent. But you can go with the trend by choosing a winter coat that has one of the features from the on trend runway looks. Be sure the coat just skims the body and isn’t tight fitting. Pick a color that flatters your skin tone or one you feel fabulous in. Belt it or add a scarf to add additional flare and style.

Here are my picks for plus size outerwear that bring in the fall 2013 trend of oversize coats:

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What to Avoid When You’re Plus Size

Avoid voluminous materials and stiff fabrics. They’re not very flattering. Also avoid very tight, very thin, and stretchy material. So what to wear? Medium-weight fabric that holds some shape but has some give as well. Prints or solids, whatever you feel best in but avoid tiny prints and very large florals. Stripes are best if they’re vertical and if you must wear horizontal, choose them for your smallest area.

Being plus size doesn’t mean giving up style. Choose items that fit well and you feel wonderful in and your inner beauty will shine no matter what you’re wearing. But a good fit can go a long way to making you feel great. Make sure the coat you choose for this fall fits your need for comfort, style, and then worry about whether or not it’s on trend.