Bargain Oversized Coat & Tips for Wearing It

by Donella Crigger | November 4th, 2013 | Bargains of the Week
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saleHere, there’s a chilly bite to the air whenever you step outside. We’ve already had a few snowflakes flying, and that means it’s time to get a coat. The holidays are also approaching, so you’ll be happy to know that one of the hottest styles this season are oversized coats. Many of the runway styles come at a hefty price, though. Don’t worry if you can’t drop several hundred dollars on a coat, there are still plenty of stylish choices available at a reasonable price.

Overstock.com offers a beautiful plus size oversized coat from Excelled. It comes in black or gray and has an oversized shawl collar. It hits just about mid-thigh or a little longer if you’re shorter. It’s roomy to accommodate layers of clothes and to hide those few holiday pounds that most of us tend to put on. As of this writing, the coat is only $79.99 with free shipping – a real steal considering similar costs cost upwards of $150 or more. This oversized coat is perfect for wearing over a sleek, form-fitting dress for a date night. It pairs equally well with a casual top, jeans and a great pair of black or gray boots.

You’ve probably seen the oversized coat labeled in other ways, such as the “man coat” or the “boyfriend coat.” In general, these coats are straight in the back and torso, but are structured in the shoulders and hips. Personally, I’d stay away from coats that are too oversized unless you’re fine with purchasing a coat for just one season. Some of them are so large that all sense of shape is lost. Not many body types can pull off a completely shapeless, oversized coat.

Keep in mind that with an oversized coat, the look has to be intentional; otherwise, it just looks like you bought a poorly fitting coat. Look for colors and styles that are in right now and make sure it drapes across your body in a flattering way. It shouldn’t overwhelm your frame, and in general, should be worn with form-fitting clothing to make the look seem more purposeful.

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