Hello! It’s great to see you today. For petites, coats and jackets are the hardest thing to shop for. Why? Well, mostly because so many great coat styles are not available in petite sizes! And, unlike pants, it’s not just an easy hem to make a coat or jacket fit properly when you go with a regular size.
That said, I have had some good luck with regular-sized jacket styles from a few brands. Typically these are cropped, short jacket styles that end up fitting me perfectly.
Today I want to share a few tips for online-shopping regular-sized jackets for petites, and some petite offerings from my favorite brands.
Today Kelly shares tips for online-shopping regular-sized jackets for petites
Plus Kelly’s favorite brands for petite jackets and top picks
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I often have pretty good luck with regular-sized short style jackets from Madewell. The reason why is that typical Madewell style for jackets is slightly boxy, with shorter, or cropped sleeves. One recent example of this is the Washed Leather Moto Jacket from Madewell. Another is the Quilted Lightweight Lady Jacket from J.Crew. I wore both of these jackets (which are perfect for layering) during our trip in Paris.
To get the gist of what a jacket will fit like, look at the model. Despite size inclusive models, we still never see short girls modeling clothes. Alas, if the sleeves are coming up short on her, the style will have shorter sleeve lengths and should fit a petite at the just the right spot on the wrist. I have had good luck judging how something will fit by making this observation.
My favorite regular-sized jackets from Madwell are their denim jackets. Of which I have a few. I wore their slightly boxy Denim Jacket in Lunar Wash recently.
Madewell is a good go-to for workwear denim jackets, like their Chore Jackets. I recently wore a Madewell Chore Jacket with a sweater dress. The overall length of the jacket should hit at my waist. It doesn’t but look how the sleeves hit just right. I am ok with a slightly longer length in a loose-fitting denim jacket style like this.
Long jacket styles like trench coats, overcoats and stadium coats really do (or should) be purchased in petite sizes. It’s just too expensive and difficult to alter a regular long jacket into a petite long jacket.
More great petite coats can be found at Talbots and Ann Taylor. Personally I haven’t had the best luck with Banana Republic’s Petite sizing lately. But they might be worth a try too, depending on the style.
Loose-fitting sweater coats or boiled wool coats are very forgiving when it comes to wearing a regular size as a petite. One example I love this year is the Ella Open-Front Long Sweater-Blazer from J.Crew. I have a similar light coat that is great for layering.
When it comes to playing it safe with petite sizing, blazers are worth seeking out in your petite size, just like longer coat styles. Especially if you’re looking for a fitted style. The shoulders, sleeves and length will be adjusted to a petite frame. While it may be easy for a tailor to hem a sleeve; shrinking shoulders and length will be tricky and expensive.
Over the years, I have had the best luck with J.Crew Blazers. I recently purchased the Petite Going Out Blazer in Stretch Twill. I really love this blazer; it fits well and is so easy to throw on over anything for an instantly elevated look.
I am a big fan of sweater blazers because they look polished and can elevate a casual outfit with ease; yet they are comfortable and not too fussy-feeling.
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