Teddy Bear Coats: A Winter Trend So Warm and Comforting—Here’s How to Rock It, No Matter What Your Body Type

In between Christmas and New Year’s, I spent 24 hours in Vegas (I’m obsessed with that city, but that’s a story for another time). And since it was the beginning of sale season, I made sure to stop by three of my favorite shopping destinations in town—the Fashion Show Mall, the Barneys at the Palazzo, and the Manolo Blahnik store at the Wynn. There are super-amazing deals at all three of these places over the next few weeks, so make sure to swing by if you’re around.

Anyhoo, while I was at the Fashion Show Mall, I made a pit stop at Topshop, where I tried on this Teddy Fur peacoat:

teddy-bear-coat

I fell in love with it at first sight—it’s plush, super-soft, so cozy, and that perfect off-white cream-ish sort of color that looks bright, clean, and modern without being too over-stylized.

But when I put it on? Boop. No go.

I don’t know if you have the same issue with furry jackets and coats—if you’re more apple-shaped, like me, there are a lot of furry silhouettes that don’t work very well. I mean. When I put that jacket on, I loved it, but I looked like a bear.

To be fair, I think a peacoat-cut furry coat would look great on someone whose body type is more straight up-and-down—or even slightly pear-shaped. Same goes with the aviator-type chubby-cut fur jacket, or a super-fluffy longhair retro ’80s-style furry coat.

I always think of the chubby Jennifer Lopez in her 1999 video for “Feelin’ So Good”

For me, and my top-heavier sisters, I’ve found that fur knits—like this faux-fur vest from Ella Moss work much better, mostly because your slender arms are still on show. And longer coats can be great—especially if they come belted and in a shorter hair. I also love a generously sized cape-cut faux-fur overcoat. Or, if you’re in the mood, a super-glamorous wrap coat—feels really Dynasty to me.

 

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