Shopping for a winter coat when you’re 5’4” and under is, how do we put this lightly, really friggin’ hard. Between silhouettes that drown your smaller frame in yards of bulky fabric, sleeves that always have to be cuffed and hemlines that practically drag on the ground as you walk, finding a decent winter coat that fits is the plight of short gals everywhere.

But hope is not all lost. Believe it or not, there are plenty of winter coats out there that not only fit how they should but, dare we say, actually look amazing on shorter gals. Our advice? Search for coats that hit at the mid-calf or higher. This length works wonders when it comes to keeping your body warm without overwhelming your shorter stature. Styles that are tailored closer to your body as opposed to those with a looser, boyfriend fit also work well. Or, opt for one with a belted or cinched waist, which will help to define your figure and elongate your silhouette, creating the illusion that you're taller than you actually are. Win-win.

If the idea of shopping for a coat still feels overwhelming, we totally get it. That’s why we went ahead and did the shopping for you. From budget-friendly options to splurges that are definitely worth the investment, we found ten of the best winter coats for petite women that don’t fall short. (Pun intended.)



1. Madewell Lynnford Coat in Insuluxe Fabric

Coming in at 35 inches long, this best-seller from Madewell hits right above the knee, an ideal length for shorties. Crafted with the brand’s specialty Insuluxe wool—and a bit of cashmere for an extra soft feel—this cold-weather coat easily stands up to the elements. And we love that despite keeping you warm throughout winter’s chilliest of weather, the material is layer-friendly, letting you bundle up without looking like a total marshmallow.

Buy it ($348)

Available in sizes XXS to XL


2. Nine West Faux-Fur Hood Wool Blend Coat

The most fashionable way to fight off winter's chill? With a neutral toned, fur-lined coat of course. Stay warm during the upcoming snow flurries (and look darn good doing it) with the help of toasty sherpa-lining and a faux-fur hood. And although we’re not saying you can’t pull off less-fitted coat styles, having some structure in your coat’s shape, like this option from Nine West, definitely helps your outerwear fit your tiny torso better. Plus, if fur isn't really your vibe, or you just want to wear this on a day with non-frostbite inducing weather, the faux-fur hood is removable.

Buy it ($180; $90)

Available in sizes S to XXL


3. Everlane The ReWool Peacoat

Whether you choose to layer this rich, rust-colored peacoat over a chunky knit or slip it on over a basic long-sleeved tee, the thick, recycled wool will give you all of the warmth and none of the bulk. And although peacoats tend to take on a more cropped appearance on taller body types, they’re ideal for petites, falling lower on the leg to give off a more elongated appearance.

Buy it ($225)

Available in sizes XXS to XL


4. J.Crew Petite Classic Lady Day Coat

J.Crew’s petite section is a gold mine for finding on-trend, stylish options that don’t drown your frame and bury you in fabric. Shorties are already familiar with the flattering powers of an A-line skirt or dress. The same concept applies to outerwear as well. A coat with a tailored fit through the chest and a slight swing shape on its bottom half—like this simple and feminine style—gives the illusion of length, tricking the eye into thinking you have to shop the tall section.

Buy it ($398)

Available in sizes 00 to 12


5. H&M Short Puffer Coat

Puffer coats are, well, puffy. So tracking one down that doesn't transform you into a 5'2" sized marshmallow is a bit tricky. Our tip is to look for one that hits right above your hips, helping to elongate your legs. Or, you can just snag this one that PureWow’s assistant editor, Chelsea Candelario, recently picked up and adores for its flattering design and cuddly fit. “It has a drawstring hem, which makes it ideal for short gals like myself,” she says. “Plus, it lays right on the waist and is so comfy.”

Buy it ($50)

Available in sizes XXS to XL


6. Calvin Klein Asymmetrical Belted Wrap Coat

Classic and oh-so chic, this belted coat is guaranteed to become your go-to for years to come. The nipped-in waist helps give the illusion of a longer torso, while the broad collar draws the eyes upward and the coat's shorter cut tricks the eye into thinking you've got legs for days.

Buy it ($315)

Available in sizes S to XXL


7. Estelle Homeland Herringbone Double Breasted Coat

In some cases, double-breasted coats take on a wider shape, giving your frame a boxy silhouette and actually making you look shorter. This beauty from Estelle, on the other hand, does the opposite. With a tapered midsection and slight flare in the skirt, this baby flatters your curves and hugs your bod in all the right places. We're also loving the understated, timeless elegance of this pick. Hitting right at the mid-thigh, the hem length is ideal for us ladies on the shorter side. And not only will it go with practically everything in your closet, but it’s just as appropriate to wear into the office as it is to wear out on date night.

Buy it ($189)

Available in sizes 1X to 4X

Seasalt Cornwall

8. Seasalt Cornwall River Sea Waterproof Coat

Crafted with organic cotton that’s both waterproof and windproof, and fleece-lined to amp up the cozy factor, this coat is as durable as it is stylish—and it comes at the recommendation of Rachel Bowie, Director of Special Projects for PureWow. “This is my go-to. It’s warm, practical and stylish, too. Whenever I wear it, I think, ‘I’m not just a mom, I’m a cool mom.’”

Buy it ($150)

Available in sizes 8 to 28


9. Lululemon Snow Warrior Parka

If the city you call home has a tendency to drop to below freezing temperatures during the winter, you know that any old coat simply won’t cut it. Which is why we recommend snagging this heavy-duty parka. Designed with seam-sealed, waterproof fabric that’s stuffed with 600-fill-power goose down, it’s built to keep you dry and warm, no matter how frigid it gets. And why do we especially love this option for petites, you may ask? The cinchable drawcord waist helps taper the coat to your body shape and the high-low hemline design hits above the knee in the front to flatter your smaller frame.

Buy it ($448)

Available in sizes 0 to 14

L.L. Bean

10. L.L. Bean Adirondack Barn Coat

Water-resistant and cozy thanks to thick, flannel lining, this coat has that well lived-in look and feel. Falling below the hip, its flattering hemline and lightweight design is thin enough for layering without venturing into bulky territory and suffocating your smaller frame. Not to mention its outdoorsy, vintage vibe works perfectly for fall and winter months. Flattering, stylish and seasonally appropriate? Sounds like a win to us.

Buy it ($99)

Available in sizes XS to XL


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