The centrepiece of a petite’s winter wardrobe, the humble coat gets a heck of a lot of wear in the colder season. Navigating this shopping task can be a minefield for petites; your outerwear needs to be practical yet stylish, comfortable yet cosy.
We’ve done the hard work for you, tracking down the trendiest coats that 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. With our stylish guide you’ve got no excuse.
Who says winter has to be all dark and gloomy? Bring a dash of colour to darker days in this dusty lilac coat from J Crew. A no-fuss winter staple, this tailored wool number is true pastel perfection. The fit flatters a petite body, with its streamlined lapels and tie waist detail. You don’t have to hide your figure just because it’s chilly out, and this is the perfect length to show off the bottom half of your outfit. Add a coordinating 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 shearling biker jacket from Topshop’s petite line. The faux fur collar adds a stylish, fashionable edge to cooler days.
Just looking at this quilted midnight blue 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 nipped in waist belt 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 isn’t too long as to swamp your frame, plus the velvety texture is a key trend for the season.
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. The interior is hypoallergenic and water-resistant, plus the faux-fur hood is removable – bonus!
We adore the classic cut of Boden’s Imelda coat. Boden’s specifically designed line gets petite clothing right every time, without compromising on style. The elegant print of this Italian fabric coat really takes the look to the next level. Printed outerwear has been seen on the runway this season, and who can forget supermodel Kate Moss’ love for leopard print winter wear? Style this on over your favourite petite dress for ample sophistication. Add a belt if desired, and a chic black scarf to finish.
Faux fur bombers
This 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 cool cream shade and cuff and hem details. 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 can make morning dressing a whole lot easier. With the right coat to elevate your outfit, dressing in the winter months will be a whole lot easier. This cocoon coat from M&S 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. M&S’ petite line guarantees that although this is a looser fit, it’ll be a perfectly proportioned fit for ladies 5”3 and under.
This style of coat has been rocking the fashion scene since the Sixties, and was spotted on the runway recently at Gucci and Burberry. The military style, double breasted coat is a true icon. It works for petites with the nipped in waist and V neck lapels – a nod to masculine tailoring. Tap into this season’s trend for layering by wearing a cream polo neck sweater underneath. The colour contrast will add a sophisticated take to your fall outfit.
The camel coat reins in style every season, this elegant version from Kristen Blake 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.
Black bomber jackets
This all American style of outerwear is easiest to pull off in chic black. Petites will relish not being swapped by an oversized long coat, without compromising warmth. This piece taps into the sport-luxe trend we’ve been seeing over the past few seasons. The bomber jacket is a regular fixture on the catwalks and a firm favourite with our favourite petite celebs. This Gap jacket offers a casual take on winter dressing. Black means it will go with everything in your closet, whilst the inside fur collar will keep you warm all winter.
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