I have never owned a coat dress. I guess I never found one that was flattering. All that changed when I tried this one by Theory. The dress actually comes with a belt, but seeing as I am so short waisted, I decided to lose the belt, which instantly elongated my body. I love these tights from Wolford, and like all my Wolford tights, they last forever. I have owned these for 3 or 4 years, and only this year decided to splurge on an extra pair. I love wearing skirts and dresses in the winter. Although the temperatures are mild here in LA, I tend to run cold, so I always wear tights. If you have never considered a coat dress because you fiind the belt to cut you in half, try losing it, it will make you reconsider!