Originally Posted by Daisy Grey
About 1.5 years ago I began a diet and eventually lost around 26 lbs. Last winter I purchase a couple of new winter coats and ditched my old ones because they were so big that they swam on me. I did keep 1 old coat that was sized PXL as a knock around coat for doing dirty chores like snow shovelling and cleaning off the car.
I gained about 10 lbs back so the new coats I purchased last year were really getting a little too snug (still wearable but the pockets were gaping and I just hate that!), but the PXL coat was still too big. I went looking for a replacement coat and was shocked--and PO'd--to discover that I could just about zip up the size large AND X-large coats, and in some cases the hip was cut so narrow that the I couldn't get the coat around to button it up. WTF?? I am on the short side so I can't go up any more sizes without my shoulders drowning in fabric and the sleeves falling down to my knees.
I don't know who manufacturers are making clothes for anymore. Certainly not your average American woman....
I noticed this trend, too. Instead of an A-line shape to coats, there seemed to be a straight up and down shape on the ones I tried on. I hate those gaping pockets, too!
And consider that I'm not an especially hippy woman. But women do have wider hips than shoulders, so a coat, which has to go over winter clothes, should be A-line shape, I should think, for ease of movement, sitting, getting in cars and such.
I did manage to find a couple of new coats (I was long overdue), but I had to try on a lot of dogs before I found them. I found a cute red car-length coat, London Fog. Perfect fit. Then I found an awesome full length Anne Klein with hoodie. Both were A-line shape, but just slightly. Both were at great prices, too. I was lucky, but I did have to look a LOT and try on a lot.
Some of the coats had wider shoulders than I need. They looked odd.