How to Wear Long Coat if you are a Petite

how to wear a long coat as a petite

Etiquette of dressing is especially strict for us petite women. If you browse the internet, you will often find yourself discouraged as there more than I would like rules of dressing and garments we are encouraged to avoid. Apparently, petites should avoid turtlenecks, long coats, flared pants, oversize knits, round toe shoes, big bags and the list is endless. I have been looking for over a year now for the perfect, past the knee camel coat, hoping to add to my wardrobe another timeless piece, to resist the seasonal trends. If you are following me for a while you must have realized how much I appreciate clothes that have a character of their own, move along with me. Be that, the tailored Ivy & Oak camel coat, pleated skirt (here) and (here) and this whimsical dress (here).

When the coat arrived home I had my concerns regarding the length, at first, I thought to shorten it but the costs of a tailor will add even more to the already high original cost of the coat. Instead, I rummaged in my wardrobe and styled it in different ways, took few pictures and I critically contemplated whether I should keep or send the coat back. Obviously, I had in my hands a winner, however, dressing a long coat one does need to consider the challenge of body propositions. Here are my three simple tips to make it work:

1. Show some skin; For an autumn look I found out the coat looks amazing with a mini skirt and ankle boots. In today’s pictures, however, I choose to style it with a jumpsuit where the length of the pants reaches barely my ankles.

2. ShoeDazzle; High heels work wonders in every case for us petites but in today’s look I had to choose my comfortable Zara embellished shoes last seen (here) instead, as I had 30 minutes walk in my agenda.

3. The cut; The cut is of utter importance when you choose a long coat. I would encourage you to go for a double-breasted straight cut instead of a pronounced waistline. The single reason for that is, the coat looks absolutely amazing over a monochromatic look where one cannot decipher the waistline. The perfect length is midi, circa 10 cm above the ankle.

I am wearing Ivy & Oak camel coat (here), forest green (here), grey (here), navy blue (here)

Maje jumpsuit old, loving this black pants (here)

Aigner bag similar (here)

Zara satin embellished shoes (here)

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7 Comments

  1. October 2, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    You definitely encouraged me to find a long coat as well… we petite girls should be less afraid of long clothes ! It suits you very well, the I think the cut is exactly the right length on you. Nice choice of colors too ! 😉

    • tbymallano
      October 2, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      Happy to hear I inspired you to try a long coat sweety! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment

  2. October 2, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Your coat is stunning! To me it is perfect and suits you really well. I love the photos and your entire outfit is chic. x

    • tbymallano
      October 2, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Oh I am so happy you liked the outfit sweety!

  3. October 18, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Beautiful coat and the tips are right on.

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