Rebecca V. wrote: "Hello, Outblush! It's getting cold outside... and I stumbled upon the cutest coat in the whole wide world this weekend at my local Macy's. The blue is an amazing sapphire that the photo does not do justice. It is refreshing in the mix of blacks and gray fall coats. Double breasted coats are so classy and perfect for me to wear to work. The empire waist and full flare bottom creates the most wonderful silhouette. I have been looking for a coat like this for years! The problem? The XL is about 1/2" too small for me to wear with sweaters. It fits... but only if I am wearing a thin shirt and standing up the whole time. I run about a size 16 on top... (but you know how sizes don't match through different brands). I asked a tailor about moving the buttons, but he said that usually that will make the coat look funny when buttoned up, especially on a double breasted coat. Can you help me find something like this in an ever so slightly larger size? I'd be willing to pay up to $350 for it. Thank you! Rebecca V"
Ah, the classic coat conundrum: how to create a flattering tailored silhouette with something that fits over your heaviest sweater while maintaining a better range of motion than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man has. Not easy, that. So I tried to find coats available in a wide range of sizes, with similar blue colors and waist-nipping details, that will give you the perfect combo of winter warmth and figure enhancement. Enjoy!
1. The Original: Anne Klein Coat, Double-Breasted Empire-Waist Wool-Blend ($140 on sale)
2. Apt. 9® Solid Wool Peacoat ($130 on sale)
3. ASOS CURVE Military Fit and Flare Coat ($158)
4. Avenue Pleated Double Breasted Coat ($148)
5. GUESS Military Wool-Blend Coat ($170 on sale)
6. Giacca Wool Walker Coat ($165 on sale)
7. GUESS Double Collar Coat ($160 on sale)
8. Avenue Belted Asymmetrical Wool Coat ($158)
9. Worthington® Colorblock Reefer Coat ($75)
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