Hello again everyone and welcome to the seventh Corporate Curves Report. The autumn has arrived, one of my favorite seasons, so thought I’d talk a bit about coats. I’ve always been addicted to coats as I always want my coat to match my outfit, but before discovering Pepperberry, it was a nightmare trying to find nice coats that fit properly. In this post, I will be showing some of my before coats as well as current coats.
(Winter is still an issue, but then again, it’s so cold up here in the North that staying warm requires serious professional clothing, or – like it or not – fur. But I’ll do a winter coat post later on when winter arrives, so let’s stick to the lovely autumn. Appropriately, I’m home sick with theÂ flu and looking out the living room window at the glorious colors on the maple leaves.)
So then, first up is the classic trench coat, or mac, or however you want to call it. These were an absolute nightmare before as the buttons over the bust would not close if the waist was a good fit, but thankfully Pepperberry has had them in their autumn collections. I got the taupe one in 16RC last year (my shoulders are very wide, so I need a 16RD in anything with sleeves and non-stretchy fabric, but my normal size is 14SC). It actually has a zipper, and the buttons are just decorative. The navy trench coat is from their current collection and in the mail on its way to me. Initially I thought I would not order it since I already have the taupe one and also because the navy one is too short to wear with dresses. But then Irealized that I don’t have any good coats for autumn that are pretty with trousers, so I ordered this gorgeous coat then anyway.
A few other early autumn coats that I often use are a denim jacket from Pepperberry. Previously denim jackets were another absolute no because the buttons would not come even close to closing if the jacket fit otherwise! Thankfully last spring Pepperberry made one, and I ordered it immediately. I love it because it goes with just about anything. The red mac is from the time when Pepperberry was a part of Bravissimo, but it’s still a coat I wear often.
But what did I wear before Pepperberry? I could not find pictures of the worst examples, but this jersey coat was one of the best fits for its stretchiness. Now I’m looking at it and going, “Oh gosh!Â Did I really wear that so often?” I got it from some store in Auckland, New Zealand and the pics are from New Zealand as well.
Next up is wool coats. They are always stylish and warm and go from autumn to early winter. I wore this Zara one for a few winters but have to admit that it was tight around the bust and squashed my bust, but it was the best fit I could find. The pictures are taken in Paris, one in the morning exiting the hotel. One late afternoon with sore feet from all the walking (the suffering facial expression 🙂 ), in front of the Picasso museum.
No surprise that Bravissimo/Pepperberry replaced my Zara coat. I have received quite a few compliments on these, and strangers have asked where I bought them, simply because of the fit!
So now you have seen a part of my coat collection, and we’ll return to this subject when winter comes. Meanwhile, I hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying this season. And sunny spring to everyone in living in the southern hemisphere! 😉
Be lucky you fit into Pepperberry . . they only go down the the equivalent of a US size 8. They are consistently 4-5 inches too big even on the waist for me, let alone that I’m short as well. I haven’t felt like the shipping was worth the risk with that big of a size gap.
Katie, are you US size 6 youself? You might have luck with the DDAtelier coats if you are. And BiuBiu has worked for quite a few girls for whom Pepperberry UK size 8 is too baggy. Also with Pepperberry, technically they do go to US size 6 but as their sizes tend to be on the big size then true size 6 women will find some items too big. That fluctuates a bit so checking with their FB page helps to know which items are really UK size 8 for real. I can also provide info on the fit of several of their items as know size 8 girls who regularry go shop at Pepperberry 🙂
And yes, I am in luck that Pepperberry clothes fit me really well. Only my broad shoulders ever cause me trouble. Hope US companies will start doing more bust friendly items on a bigger scale too.
Thanks for letting me know about DDAtelier Tina. If you just go by waist size I’m either a 4 or 6 depending on the brand . . but with wide shoulders and a larger chest I usually size up to an 8 or more. I do tailoring when I can, stretchy fabric and baggy waist when I can’t. I’m worried about the quality of BiuBiu given their pricing, but have heard good things.
No problem, glad to help whenever I can. BiuBiu being polish most likely just has low production costs as I’ve never heard anyone complain about the quality – unlike with Pepperberry, sadly.
Oh, I love the outfit with the aubergine skirt and the over the knee boots! Such a flattering look for you!
You have a fantastic eye for coats, they all look fantastic!
thank you Chloe x one of my favorite looks as well 🙂