I Just Scrolled Through So Many Petite Winter Buys— These 25 Were the Very Best

January 27, 2022 at 09:00AM

Getting dressed in the morning is hard enough in winter, even without being petite. It’s often still dark when we stand in front of our wardrobes searching for something to wear; you never know if it’s going to be freezing outside or oddly mild; and most of us are still experiencing the ‘working from home’ outfit rut. Now add to that the stress of being shorter than 5’3” in a world where most clothes are designed for 6ft, size 8 models… it’s tough, okay!

As a petite fashion editor, having to search that little bit harder for outfits that work (and make friends with my local tailor) is something I’ve learnt to tackle my whole adult life. By now, though, I think I’ve managed to crack the code of where to find the best pieces that work for us shorter girls. Yes, I still struggle sometimes trying to recreate street style looks or lusting after a designer piece for months only to realise it drags on the floor. But when it comes to finding those timeless capsule basics that really make a wardrobe work, there’s a few brands I always turn to that I know won’t let me down. 

And since we’re still very much in the depths of chilly, grey, winter here in the UK— I thought it was worth doing some serious scrolling through their new-in sections to bring you the 25 best petite, cold weather buys for wearing right now. We’re talking cosy coats, chic smart trousers and leather layers. Some pieces are even perfect for transitioning into spring (if it ever comes), like the dresses,  which can work with roll necks and chunky boots now and sandals when the sun comes out. 

So if you’re petite and struggling with outfit inspiration at the moment, keep scrolling for some ideas, as well as links if you’re looking to update your collection.

Reformation’s petite wear has long been the best at the premium level. Add tights and boots to this for wearing right now. 

A classic layering piece that won’t be too oversized. 

Although not specifically petite, Mango’s new teen line is a great option for finding smaller measurements. 

The ultimate wear-everywhere midi dress. 

A versatile black slip skirt is an essential in any wardrobe.

These black jeans come in a petite size option now like most of Boden’s designs. 

Less basic, more fun but this adorable knit will certainly bring joy to anyone wearing it. 

A lot of the standard leather blazers out there are too  oversized for petites— this one will have much better proportions. 

M&S jeans are an insider favourite, and luckily they all come in dedicated short/petite sizes now too. 

A winter layering staple and perfect for taking into spring. 

Don’t miss out on the wide-leg trouser trend. 

So cosy, and you can be confident the sleeves won’t be too long like normal shirts on petite frames. 

Another hero from the new Mango Teen collection. 

if you’ve been searching for the perfect pair of faux-leather trousers like I have, look no further. 

Usually we have to sit out on oversized wool coats that drag on the ground and swamp us— this petite version will have much better proportions. 

One of ASOS Petite’s bestsellers for a reason. 


Perfect for tonal layering. 

Basically leggings, these slim trousers work for day to night. 

I can’t believe how expensive-looking this coat is for under £100. 

Co-ords can be another difficult item to find as a petite— good job this one’s perfect, then. 

A long puffer coat that won’t actually drown you. 

Topshop’s petote range was always impressive, luckily you can still find it online at ASOS.

We’d forgive you for thinking this dress was designer. 

So buttery soft, and the perfect cropped length. 

Finally, a knit dress that won’t sag or hit the floor. 

Up Next: I’m 5’2", and These Are the Only Long Puffer Coats I Would Actually Wear

Author Emily Dawes | Whowhatwear
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