<p>Jenna Marie Wakani</p>
Chilly weather calls for bold and beautiful coats! Our curvy fashion expert, Meredith Shaw, rounds up the best outerwear picks to keep you looking chic and cozy.
Your outfit is perfect. Your accessory game is strong. You know you look, and feel fabulous. But wait, it's winter—in Canada—and your styling efforts are about to get smothered by your winter coat. Every Canadain woman is well versed in this struggle: Be warm or look cute? For me, the latter often wins out, but this season I want both—no more basic black or months of being concealed under a boring puffer. Our curves have never had more options.
By the way, my name is Meredith Shaw, and this is the beginning of our beautiful (and stylish) friendship. Consider me your personal full-figured style guide. At long last, the fashion industry is getting hip to accepting different body shapes and reinforcing that curves are awesome. Not to #humblebrag or anything, but I'm a professional model and a style expert on TV. I've also experienced fashion at almost every size, from 8 to 22 and back to 14. One of the most important things I've discovered is to feel good about the body I'm in now—not 10 pounds from now—and so should you!
But back to coats. When the temperature dips, I get excited about transitioning to outerwear. There's something about a perfectly tailored sleeve and the smoothness of a fine wool scarf against your cheek. I've learned to go bold or go home with my outerwear—and I wish more curvy gals would embrace that, too. Rather then blend in with the crowd, choose something that will help you stand out and walk a little taller through the slush and snow.
Structure is our friend
Steer clear of baggy oversize coats, which can make you appear larger. Instead, look for details that provide structure—like banding, darting around the waist or built-in shoulder pads—which, in turn, gives you shape.
Coat (sizes XS to 3X), $52, justfab.com.
I think puffer jackets are a winter-wardrobe must, especially in a fun colour. Stave off any Michelin Man effect by keeping puffers fitted and snug.
Active Zone reversible down coat (sizes X to 6X), $160, penningtons.com.
I once thought capes were only for superheroes, but they're perfect as a transitional piece. Buy one in a neutral tone and opt for texture over pattern—you'll get more wear out of it.
Hide Society cape, $875, toniplus.com.
Pick a colour—any colour
Canadian winters are long and grey, so do us all a favour and wear a splash of colour.
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Chicken is a go-to for weeknight meals, but f you're making the same meals over and over again it's bound to get boring. Instead, shake things up with these tasty recipes.
A hearty mushroom filling adds elegance to boneless skinless chicken breasts, giving you more bang for your grocery buck.
Get the recipe: Stuffed Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Lemon Broccoli
Sub in different vegetables depending on what you have in your crisper.
Get the recipe: Chicken and Avocado Brown Rice Sushi Rolls
Cooking potatoes in the microwave is a real time-saver for busy weeknights.
Get the recipe: Honey-Mustard Chicken and Broccoli Skewers with Cheesy Potatoes
A little chicken (less than a pound) goes a long way in this rich creamy dish.
Get the recipe: Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta
This decidedly springtime pasta dish comes to life with lemon juice and zest.
Get the recipe: Lemony Penne with Chicken and Artichokes
The sweet, sticky, spicy glaze that coats these chicken bites has all the flavours associated with deep-fried chicken wings without any of the guilt.
Get the recipes : Spicy Honey-Garlic Boneless Wings
A hot, buttery sauce delivers all the sticky satisfaction of buffalo wings, but using whole chicken breasts means there's no need for wet wipes.
Get the recipe: Grilled Buffalo Chicken
A few dollops of light sour cream are all you need to add richness to this dish.
Get the recipe: Creamy Chicken and Green Bean Toss
If you're making this fresh and flavorful salad ahead of time, store it in a large shallow airtight container for easy tossing.
Get the recipe: Cold Chicken Noodle Salad
Need to eat fast? These tacos come together in no time and use ingredients you probably already have in your fridge.
Get the recipe: Weeknight Chili Chicken Tacos
This deliciously healthy stir-fry is packed with flavourful veggies.
Get the recipe: Chicken and Swiss Chard Stir-Fry
If you love schnitzel you're guaranteed to enjoy this variation.
Get the recipe: Crispy Herbed Chicken with Apple Slaw
These saucy knife-and-fork burritos are a family-friendly twist on the traditional Mexican-style wrap.
Get the recipe: Barbecue Chicken Burritos
Grilling broccoli may seem unorthodox, but it makes for a crispy texture that's simply addictive.
Get the recipe: Strawberry-Basil Chicken with Grilled Broccoli
This recipe can easily be left to simmer away in the slow cooker for eight hours before adding the chicken.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
These bites are amazing hot out of the oil but are equally great warm or cold.
Get the recipe: Fried Chicken Bites
On a cold, dreary day, there's no dish more soothing than a steaming bowl of chicken soup.
Get the recipe: Thick and Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
This fun twist on chicken tikka masala packs the richly spiced flavours of the popular Indian-style meal into a fresh and easy salad.
Get the recipe: Chicken Tikka Masalad
This aromatic Thai-inspired soup is the perfect comfort food to warm a cold winter evening.
Get the recipe: Thai Chicken and Coconut Milk Soup
When time is of the essence, a filling dinner can be a real life-saver. We've jazzed this one up by cooking the chicken in a tasty mix of sweet honey and tangy balsamic vinegar.
Get the recipe: Honey Balsamic Chicken and Goat Cheese Salad
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