What are the best coats for petite ladies?

While petite sizing can help alleviate common coat-buying concerns, there are certainly ways to get the most out of these cold weather essentials. Consider these tips when coat hunting to get the most flattering fit for your petite frame!

Two things to look for in a coat for petite ladies: 

  1. Accentuate Your Waist: For petite ladies, anything that belts at the waist gives you a longer silhouette and helps define your figure (if you’re into that). Anything that belts at the waist will lend to a sleek and streamlined silhouette. Look for styles that fit close to the body instead of flaring out—these will keep you looking your tallest!
  2. Coats that hit mid-thigh: If you’re 5’3″ and under, a long coat can easily swallow up your petite frame. Coats and jackets that hit, at most, your mid-thigh will be your best bet when keeping you warm and looking less petite.

Here are the best coat styles for petite ladies

best coats for petite women

Cinched Waist Parka

A double-breasted trench coat is a wardrobe staple that we all should have in our closets. When you’re 5’3 and under, look for a style that hits just after your hip bone. Cropped trench coats that hit just under your natural waist offer a flattering fit for petite ladies too.

Tailored Peacoat

While our taller counterparts can reach for coat styles in just about any length, it’s all about getting the perfect fit when it comes to your second layers. Classic styles like a cocoon coat, pea coats and trenches are staples that every woman should have on hand—just make sure that your sleeves hit at an appropriate length so you don’t look like you’re drowning in your father, husband, or boyfriends coat!

Puffer Jacket

Have you heard that Puff Daddy changed his name again? Unlike him though, puffer coats are always a failsafe option for when the weather gets chilly, and even dips below zero. When you’re petite and looking for a puffer, spring for one with a narrowed waist and not too much down fill to avoid looking like the abominable snowman (but a warmer one).


If you’re petite, what coats do you reach for? Tell us in the comments!

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