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Spring Preview: Solve the Coat Problem for Triangle Figures
February 20, 2015


Kimono-inspired coats for Spring-Summer 2015 will be a boon for broad-shouldered and triangle-figured women.

The trenchcoat with its epaulettes and flared yoke does not do right by this body shape, and it has been challenging to find other styles in recent years.

The simple, less structured lines borrowed from Asian design solves the coat problem for broad-shouldered gals.

More innovative coat styles may remain scarce except at higher prices, like this Karolina Zmarlack at Halsbrook for $1795: Cotton and Silk Textured Woven Coat

Two style details recommend it: The collarless silhouette keeps eyes away from the neck and shoulder and the crisp black trim draws eyes downward to appreciate a feminine waistline cinched by a matching self tie belt, another trend this spring.

A lightweight transitional coat, it moves from the end of winter to the beginning of summer in a trendy black-and-white cotton-and-silk tweed. Easy to wear either with a dress or slacks.

Ellen Tracy Outerwear Wool Blend Car Coat - Faux-Fur Trim (For Women)

This black Ellen Tracy wool-blend car coat uses similar design elements: keep the collar small and provide a strong center focal point, this time with faux-fur trim.

The kimono influence is absent, but the design works just as well.

Hidden snap front keeps you cozy in this car-coat length style.

Michael Michael Kors Hooded Raincoat

The principle is always the same: Use line and color to draw eyes where we wish them to focus.

A coat or jacket with a wide collar or a boat (bateau) neckline stretching straight across the collarbone do the opposite, drawing eyes across the wide area we wish to minimize.

Epaulettes are like placing rulers on the shoulders, begging observers to notice their breadth.

Michael Kors keeps it simple with a more traditional all-weather car coat in eye-catching orange.

Its best feature is the zipper with logo pull that draws the eye to the center and down.

The intensity of the solid color also serves to eclipse bone structure with color.

Worthington Faux-Leather Moto Jacket is another good choice for the triangle figure.

The stand collar and vertical zipper draw the eye inward. Avouid big lapels and shawl collars that emphasize shoulder and upper-body width.

This is a casual jacket to wear with slenderizing jeans or slacks and boots.

It is not a good choice if you are spending time outside in freezing weather. It works fine for transitional season wear.


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"'I do not have a sensational figure but I can look slim if I pick the right clothes.' Hey, Jackie had issues just like the rest of us. . . .

"Jackie thought long and hard about what worked. . . . She conformed to no fashion standard and ushered in a streamlined silhouette. . . .

"She stuck to solid colors, classic lines, and sporty clothes. She wore empire-waisted gowns to lengthen her legs and boat-neck tops to draw eyes to her elegant collarbone." -- Ellen T. White, Simply Irresistible: Unleash Your Inner Siren and Mesmerize Any Man, with Help from the Most Famous--and Infamous--Women in History


Sometimes there seems to be a feeling in the air, and the same idea becomes noticeable wherever I look -- kind of like buying a new car and then noticing how many of that color and model are all over the roads.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how little touches -- earrings, lipstick, a scarf -- can make me feel pulled-together and ready to face the world, even on a run to the market.

What stands out for me in the Spring-Summer 2015 fashion summaries in the theme of simplicity.

But I can't be sure that this isn't what psychologists call the self-fulfilling prophecy: Chances are I will find what's on my mind, screening out competing information. That filter is called selective attention.

It's a defense against the onslaught of information that assaults us every day.

Lately I find myself attentive to smiles and moments of grace. A few kind words, an unexpected compliment, helping someone pick up a file that has scattered papers all over the floor -- these seemingly inconsequential moments bring a sprinkling of fairy dust to the fleeting and ordinary in my days.

I invite you this week to use your selective perception to mark those shiny glistening moments of love, smiles, laughter, and gratitude -- those that you give to others and those that you receive.

It really makes my life a little sweeter every blessed moment.

Wishing you golden fairy dust, peace, and blessings,

Enid Sefcovic, Publisher
Fashion After 50
3700 Inverrary Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33319
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