If you missed the first installment of this post, read it here! It covers brands I’ve found that are cut fuller for a big bust, puffy down coats that don’t make your bust look insanely huge, and styles/features that seem to work more often than not with DD+.
I’m going to recap the relevant styles/features info here so you don’t have to click between the two posts. Besides being good for down coats, these styles and features are often a good starting point when I’m looking for wool and leather coats, too.
STYLES/FEATURES TO TRY
- Zippers. Zippers seem to be far more forgiving than buttons especially when you’re wearing a sweater underneath your coat. I also like a zipper-button combo, with a zipper underneath a set of buttons, because it seems to pull the bust in enough that the buttons lie flat.
- Asymetrical closures. Buttons and zippers that close up the side instead of down the middle don’t seem to pull or smush nearly as often in my experience, especially when they’re on a bit of an angle. Mackage does this very well.
- Coats with shape to them. Last year I bought one of those big sleeping bag coats to fight the zero degree wind chills. It seemed practical, but it was so blob-like it made me depressed every time I put it on. Whenever I saw women wearing coats with a bit of shape, either waist details or sewing that DID something with the fabric instead of leaving it to hang, I felt a stab of envy.
WOOL COAT IDEAS
My dream versions:
Sigh… If only I could buy everything I find. This is one of those coats that makes you feel instantly pulled together when you put it on. I would feel like a million bucks even if I were wearing my pajama top underneath for a coffee run (I mean, not that I would ever do that!). It comes in black, toffee, and taupe in sizes xxs-l; the medium worked great on me. Here’s what I found super flattering for DD+:
- An asymmetrical zipper lies nicely without pulling around or smushing the boobs
- A sharp leather belt waist detail that starts at the vertical darts gives this coat great shape
- Diagonal pockets draw the eye up to the cinched waist
- Leather detailing here and there–a signature of Mackage coats–give this a sophisticated finish
I love the back belt detail, too:
Another classic Mackage style is the asymmetrical zipper and belt combo. I nabbed one in this style at an absurdly low price at Off Fifth Saks Avenue four years ago that’s held up extremely well, so although these are very pricey at full cost, they are quite sturdy. In stores right now I found these gorgeous options; the Nadine is available in xs-l and the Isabel in xxs-l in both cocoa and black:
Mackage “Nadine” coat, $890
- Asymmetrical zipper again lies really nicely over the bust
- The belt cinches in the waist and hits under the bust line instead of sort of running into it. The belt also makes it versatile since you don’t have to always zip it up and can just belt it and go on warmer days.
- The oversized funnel collar, when worn down, is an eye-catching feature that also opens up the bust line. When you flip the collar up on colder days, it frames the face and still works well with the bust.
In the Nadine I tried the small since the medium wasn’t in stock. It fit well but I’d probably go for a medium to accommodate layers and bulkier knits.
$890 is a steep price point, so personally I’d go for the shearling trimmed version for the same price.
Cole Haan also has a cute, shorter version out, too, but the price is still pretty high. This is a size 6:
Cole Haan Asymmetrical Belted Coat, $595 (on sale for $416.50 at Bloomingdale’s through 11/28)
DISCOUNT STORE FINDS
While I didn’t have as much luck at the bricks-and-mortar discount stores in my area for wool coats, Bluefly had two great options and, surprisingly, Forever21 had a steal of a coat, too.
The asymmetrical zipper is a ringer for Mackage style, and although it doesn’t have a leather belt like the Mackages do, it does have a nice sewn waist detail and a similar oversize collar that are just as flattering. I like the angled zippered pockets and the epaulets at the shoulders–it makes this feel a little edgy. I’m wearing a six, but it goes up to a size 14.
Even though this had a button closure, I ordered this based on the asymmetrical lines, the seaming at the waist, the gorgeous fit-and-flare shape, and the nice, open collar. This is why I think you really do need to play around and try on styles that you think may work with coats–even though I usually don’t have much luck with buttons, on this coat, for example, the other details worked together so that the buttons fit my bust well and closed without gaping. The zippers on the cuffs keep it just this side of uber-girly. It comes in black and camel and I’m wearing a size 8.
I was kind of shocked to find a coat at Forever 21 as half their clothes look miniscule. But this navy coat had an asymmetrical closure, a belt that hit at the right spot, and a great collar. Plus, HELLO! $54.80???
F21 uses the security tags to attach the belts to the coats, so annoyingly you can’t move them and I couldn’t play around with where the buckle was. It was bugging me so I undid the belt to see how it looked without one, and it still kinda rocked it. Maybe you could wear this knotted instead of buckled once you got the security tag off.
WOOL COATS WITH FAUX-FUR TRIM
Since faux-fur is everywhere this fall, I had to include this. I thought the collar might be a bit too much on top of big boobs, but I thought this looked polished on both myself and my 32DD friend.
My dream version:
- The buttons hit perfectly below the bust
- Vertical darts and angled pockets give this a feminine shape
- The faux-fur collar is removable for two looks in one
On the left is my 32DD, 5’3″ friend in a size small. I’m wearing a medium. The small fit but the outer button pulled just slightly; the sales girl recommended if I went with that size to move the button over. Has anyone ever tried this before?
Jennifer Lopez Faux-Fur Jacket, $112.50 on sale now
I was a teensy bit curious to see what JLo’s Kohl’s collection looked like in person, and this coat was a steal of a find. The wool was thick and sturdy and it had a nice hook-and-eye closure instead of any buttons to mess around with. It also comes in tan.
This coat runs big and is quite long. It was actually too large for me above the waist (!!! a first time for everything!) in the small, and the extra small fit better throughout the body but was too tight in the shoulders. Even though the fit wasn’t exactly right for me, the quality of the coat for the insane price make it worth including here. Because it’s cut so generously, I think it might work even better on a size 8 or 10+. The long length might not work with petites.
LEATHER COAT IDEAS
My dream version:
If you don’t have to bundle up quite as much as those of us with wretched winters do, a leather coat can take you right through the whole winter. I fell head over heels in love with this soft, buttery, scrumptious Veda coat at Intermix. The lines are so simple, it zips closed, the undersleeves have rib knitting, and I love the high collar and pronounced shoulders (oh shoulder pads, welcome back!). The hem comes to a soft point in the front, elongating the torso and somehow minimizing the bust. This is a medium, but the small also worked, too.
DISCOUNT STORE IDEA
Returning to reality from planet Veda lust, this Marc New York version also has a high collar, rib knitting on the undersleeves and on the sides, and a zipper closure. The back has some gorgeous seaming going on, and the leather, while not quite that supple Veda, is still super soft. I say a pretty good “steal” version all around.
WHERE TO FIND DEALS
I have a tendency toward champagne tastes, but I just can’t bring myself to shell out the big bucks for coats. Here’s where I turn to meet somewhere in the middle:
- Bluefly. Prices are always discounted and they almost always are running a sale with an additional amount off. Great for Elie Tahari/Tahari and Andrew Marc/Marc New York, although I’m not crazy about their Mackage selection right now.
- Off Fifth Saks Avenue. This is where I bought two of my three Mackage coats at great bargains.
- Nordstrom Rack. My local Rack has loads of Andrew Marc/Marc New York in right now, including coats that are in Bloomingdale’s at full price right now! They tend to have MUCH better inventory in person than online.
- Last Call by Neiman Marcus. They have a pretty good selection of coats online including some Andrew Marc/Marc New York and Elie Tahari/Tahari.
- Century 21 on the East Coast.
- Sale alerts from Shopittome.com and shopstyle.com. If you don’t use these sites yet, here’s why I love them: you select labels you like and they’ll send sale information right to you. I have Mackage included on my sale alerts and was able to buy this trench coat last spring as soon as the price dropped. A fantastic resource!
A final thought: Tina over at Curveissa swears by Pepperberry, a UK store that cuts clothes specifically with a big bust in mind. I’ve never ordered from them so I can’t speak to style or fit yet (believe me, this is definitely on my posts-to-be-researched-soon list!), but they do have coats/jackets available on their site. If you’ve tried their coats, I’d love to know what you think in the comments!
What have you found for this winter? Any brands to add to the mix that seem to just click with a full bust?