Fall in Love… With Belted Coats


It’s easy to look frumpy during the winter when you’re hidden beneath layers upon layers of clothing. But you don’t have to be a fashion victim just because the mercury dropped. Instead, take a cue from Burberry Prosum and Diane von Furstenberg and belt that bulky coat of yours! Defined waists are coming back in a major way for 2012, which makes belted coats the perfect transitional piece for this trend. I love the belted look because I think it’s a nice way to create a waist when it’s cold. And I love the understated femininity of the look as well. As a matter of fact, I even designed one for an upcoming Paper Crown collection (stay tuned!).

The belted look can be achieved a couple of ways: Simply cinch your coat or jacket at the waist with your favorite belt or buy a pre-belted (or waist-tie) coat/jacket. You can even work this trend with a closed blazer and cute belt too. The belted coat works for all body types. It’s universally flattering and adds the ultimate chic-factor to drab winter wear. The best part? It’s a cinch!

Here are a few of my favorite belted coats:



Which one is your favorite?

Also, how do you feel about the belted coat look?

XO Lauren

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  • Lauren Hoffman

    I have quite a few belted coats, I don’t buy coat unless they have a girly shape to them. Nothing worse than being a bundled up, lumpy, shapeless mess!

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    <3 Lauren

  • Sarah Heckle

    LOVE the BB Dakota coat. Bleted coats are a trend I’m loving too!


    Pink + Red outfit – my new outfit post!

  • Sofiya Jee

    Oooh, I love the Topshop coat! Must check it out:))

  • Jasmine Matthews

    I love these coats! I have always had one but never thought I could pull it off since I’m only 5’2 thanks lauren !

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    Oh my goodness I’m in love with the first picture! super super cute!



  • Rosely C

    Love the Military belted coat. Unfortunately where Im from its hot every day of the year. I really think I was made to live in a cold place because I love boots, sweaters, coats. Ill definitely have to relocate lol

  • Melissa Panici

    I love the one on the left! I love the belted coat look:) Thanks Lauren and can’t wait to see your paper crown one! xoxo

  • Megan Smalt

    I LOVE the coat from Urban Outfitters and I CANNOT believe it is only $29.99!



  • Bronwyn Arthurs

    love the vanessa bruno coat! the simplicity of it is gorgeous! belted look is always flattering no matter what your body type is!

  • debora f

    I love this look, the coat with the belt is amazing! great post lauren

  • marissa pawlak

    I really like the Topshop Military Coat. I feel as if belted coats are always the best option. They are very feminine and give women an hour glass figure, which pulls the overall look together and prevents a sloppy look.

  • Karleigh Sergio

    Love the Military coat by Top Shop!!

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    Love the belted jacket trend. Thanks Lauren!


  • samantha karastamatis

    I’m a sucker for belts they do wonders to shapeless coats, tops, dresses… I love the military look, thats me 😉

  • Allison Bland

    I love the yellow one!

  • jennifer madison

    I love the military trend so this weekend i am going to get my coat because i was saving up for it
    Thanks for your blog post lauren

  • Andrea Lenderman

    Im obsessed with belts especially with a fur vest. The top shop military jacket is amazing.

  • Lisa Chang

    I love everything from Top Shop!

  • Shellz

    I like the military coat! Belted coats in general are so chic and trendy!


  • Jennie Raimo

    Love love LOVING the camel coat :)

  • melissa cowie

    i love the topshop military belted coat, your eye for fashion is amazing lauren! i always follow your tips on how to always look good.

  • Kimmy S

    I seriously LOVE this idea! I don’t have a pre-belted coat but now you’ve inspired me to tie one of my own belts onto this black coat I have… LOVED this post!

  • Shanny Shoelace

    Such a great idea to spice up a plain and not to flattering coat! I love the dark green military coat :)

  • Sarah Little

    I love the feminine twist a simple belt can give a dark, edgy look. That Top Shop jacket is perfect! Love the color and leather trim!

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    I agree with all of you, the belt is an amazing touch!



  • Vivien Harmat

    I have a black one and I love it. I bought it when I lived in Hungary but here in Houston I can’t really wear it. It hangs in my closet and I feel sorry for it because I love it. :)

  • Karlea Lewis

    Love the BB Dakota coat <3

  • Monica Cunha

    love belted coats! It is a very polished look!

  • tinamarie

    love the military jacket, but the urban outfitters jacket is amazing. one of my favorite colors is mustard yellow.

  • Ashley Curtin

    So cute! I love that white coat!

  • Stephanie McDonnell

    Ooh, yay! I’m wearing mine today. Black with white polka dots. Picked it up at TJMaxx last year and I get so many compliments on it, it isn’t even funny!


    I loooooove this look! See more looks here- http://ohsoprettythediaries.blogspot.com/search/label/the%20LOOK

  • Rachel Swiatek

    the yellow urban outfitters one is so cute!! and its on sale for $30! but they don’t have the yellow anymore, just the ivory.

  • Lina Logotheti

    LOOVE the camel belted coat!!!

  • Emma Kathleen

    that topshop military coat is gorgeous. These reviews always make me want to buy things!

  • Sana kay

    Loving these coats, no matter what layering will keep you warmer!

  • Kelly Burt

    This look is adorable. LOVE it.

  • Michelle Le

    love the one in the middle!

  • May Zayan

    SO glad this look is in! I’m bringing back my mom’s vintage belted coats from the 70’s :)

  • Danielle B.

    I love the belted coat it really looks cool!!

  • Isabella g.

    yeah it really create a waist! i loved the black coat with some boots hmmmmmmm omg i want it hahahaha its summer here tho.

  • Julia Mezzavilla

    this look is adorable, but its definitely not warm enough for canadian winters 😛

  • Rehana S

    I love belted coats. It adds a more feminine touch

  • Klaudia Klanyi

    I love the yellow coat ^^ it’s pretty :)

  • Connie Lofska

    the 2nd one is my favourite !

    and I ‘ve just bought “”Cinch Waist BSK Coat”” from Bershka and it’s exactly the style that you’re saying !

  • Maria Ige

    I love the camel color coat. Its just classy and it goes well with anything!

  • Amber Phelps

    The yellow coat is my favorite! I love this :)

  • Renos Fy

    love the vanessa bruno coat! the simplicity of it is gorgeous! belted look is always flattering no matter what your body type is!


  • carena klerkx

    Love the belted coats. XO

  • deren demirel

    The green coat is very nicee and style:))

  • Laura Ledesma

    BB dakota is my fav!!!!!

  • karly goins
  • Madalyn Titus

    LOVE LOVE LOVE them all!!!

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    the first jacket is AMAZING!! :)


  • Amanda Pfeifer

    Belted coats are my favorite! They’re all I wear in Winter.

  • Kalie Henry

    I’m loving the belted look. It’s feminine, sophisticated, stylish and accentuates our womanly figures. It’s a great look right now and it’s fun. Love the yellow one for spring or the chocolate one for a night out.

  • Gretta Buckley

    I love the belted look. Its totally adorable! My favorite is the topshop Military coat! It is in one of my fave colors!

  • Catherine Love

    I love the color of the Vanessa Burno coat, however I love the look of the Topshop coat. The belted look not only for coats but for all clothing is so hot right now, and i love it! I am constantly belting my own looks. Its give the body such a hourglass figure. To die for!

  • Gaby Mendez

    I love the bright color coats like the yellow! especially with some neutral colored boots/shoes. The fun scarf can’t be left out, and the hair up in a bun!! lol

  • Jo Taylor

    I had a belted winter coat last year. I was going to get something new this year but knowing it’s bang on trend, I might just update the belt and I’ll be good to go! You’ve possibly just saved me a fortune! Thanks


  • Isabelle Glass

    LOVE the Belted Coat! Perfect way to express individual style!

    I have a gorgeous Collection of Hand dyed belts with snaps. Yea…that’s right…change out the buckle to coordinate with your outfit.

    At http://www.isabelleglass.com, we create oh so pretty fused glass belt buckles to go with our belts. We have narrow 1″” belts to regular size 1 1/2″” belts that work perfectly with the colored cords and jeans…

    Made in America…1 buckle at a time…enjoy, isabelle

  • Annie Jones

    I love all 3 belted coats.they all are Adorable.Recently i brought one Modish & striking cotton trench coat which has amazing waist belt,belted cuff & belt loops.you can wear it at any event to grab the attraction.you can check out here for better Trench coats:http://www.leatherfads.com/modish-and-striking-cotton-trench-coat-2627.aspx


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