Always the centrepiece of our winter wardrobe, the humble coat gets a heck of a lot of wear in the colder season. Navigating this shopping task and finding styles that don’t swamp us can be a minefield for petites; our outerwear needs to be practical yet stylish, comfortable yet cosy.
So we’ve done the hard work for you by tracking down the trendiest coats that will work for your frame; from high street to high end pieces that’ll serve you year on year. It really is the time to buy, before the weather turns too cold. With our stylish guide you’ll be right on trend in no time.
Who says winter has to be all dark and gloomy? Bring a dash of colour to darker days in this trending rust coat. A no-fuss winter staple, this coat is crafted from a looped boucle yarn for a heavily textured finish and is a true perfection. A classic double-breasted piece is perfect to dress up or down. Easy to style with a simple scarf and gloves as temperatures drop.
There’s something out there to suit everyone’s style this winter. If it’s a jacket you’re after, why not make a trendy addition to your closet with this faux leather biker jacket from River Island’s petite line. The quilted panels collar adds a stylish, fashionable edge to cooler days, and it works with just about every outfit, from midi dress and boots, to casual jeans and trainers for weekend walks. It’s also a great piece to throw on over gym clothes for your commute home.
Just looking at this puffer black with contrast detail coat makes us feel all warm and cosy. You might worry that a padded coat could add unwanted inches; but the straight cut, darker colour and semi-fitted shape all help slim the figure. For colder days, the addition of a hood is a welcome bonus. Whilst the neckline can be done up, it’s equally flattering when left open. This coat covers over the knees for those colder months and the side pockets are super warm and handy!
The classic parka is such a style staple, the trend comes round again every season. That means no worrying that this year’s winter buy will go out of fashion by next winter. J Crew have cleverly created a snowstorm-proof coat, specially designed for maximum warmth with minimum bulk. That is music to a petites ears; all the stylish weather proofing without the excess fabric. It comes in five different colour ways, plus the faux-fur hood is removable – bonus!
We adore the classic cut of Boden’s waterproof coat. Boden’s specifically designed line gets petite clothing right every time, without compromising on style. It’s fully waterproof, with a huggably soft quilted lining and finishes just above the knee. The fitted, feminine cut stays chic no matter what the weather and will last you for many years to come. Style this on over your weekend wear for ample practicality and style. And with the detachable collar, you get two looks for one!
Faux fur bombers
This gorgeous taupe bomber will give you a look of luxurious warmth in winter weather. You can get your faux shearling fix in the form of this cosy bomber from Banana Republic’s petite line. It has been cleverly cut for a smaller frame, whilst retaining room through the chest, arms and waist. We love the slight stand collar and ribbed-knit cuffs. Wear with your best tailored trousers, ankle boots and your favourite handbag. This is Fall dressing done right.
Keeping your winter wardrobe to coordinating colours like black, grey and navy may make morning dressing a whole lot easier. But with the right coat to elevate your outfit, you can add some bright colour to liven up dull days, like this one that comes in eight, that’s EIGHT different colours! This J Crew cocoon coat taps into this season’s IT shape: oversized tailoring. Don’t be scared of this trend, petites. You can pair the looser fit up top with fitted jeans, or add a belt to define the waist. J Crew petite line guarantees that although this is a looser fit, it’ll be a perfectly proportioned fit for ladies 5”3 and under.
Plaid has been rocking the fashion scene as influences from the 90s are making a comeback, inspiring brands across the board. Colorful plaid makes a cozy statement on this versatile coat, lending a feminine touch to any cold-weather ensemble. Tap into this season’s trend for layering by wearing a cream polo neck sweater underneath, adding a sophisticated take to your fall outfit.
The trench coat reins in style every season, this elegant version from London Fog is versatile enough to style with your office wardrobe or to wear over jeans at the weekend. This timeless classic’s streamline cut slims a petite frame, no matter your size. The beautiful caramel colour flatters most skin tones, and can be paired with almost any colour. This coat will give you a multitude of outfit options this winter and beyond.
Faux fur leopard print coat
This coat is the ultimate style winner for winter 2019, ticking just about every box! The perfect length, petites will relish not being swapped by an oversized long coat, without compromising warmth. This piece taps into the animal print trend we’ve been seeing over the past few seasons, combined with the faux fur trend that’s been all over the catwalks and is a firm favourite with our favourite petite celebs and Instagrammers. This super soft coat offers a versatile addition to your winter wardrobe, wear with a midi dress and boots or black jeans for ultimate celeb style.
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