Wanted: Disappearing Hips
The A-line swing coat, flaring generously from the shoulder, is the 1950s' gift to pear-shaped women—and that's a lot of us. "It's made me more open to vintage looks," admits Valerie Broussard, 32. Treat this camel-and-white bold houndstooth topper as an accessory, layering it over dark, simple stuff like long gloves, skinny pants, and matching knee-highs and heels.
Wanted: Slightly More Height
Precision fit and scaled-down details—a becoming funnel collar, belted waist, poufy abbreviated sleeves—ensure that this glamorous brown twill won't swamp a small, curvy woman like 20-something Candice Cooper, a self-described coat addict. When more leg shows, you look taller, so a hemline that doesn't drag is another key for the petite.
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