Your winter coat needs to do a lot of work, from signaling your style at a glance to keeping you dependably cozy. And it’s got to do all of this while fitting comfortably over an ongoing fashion show of sweaters, long sleeves and multiple layers, which can cause an issue for petite women, who don’t have much leeway between something being comfortably loose and unflatteringly bulky. Jordan Foster, style director at Favorite Daughter (a clothing line created by Erin and Sara Foster), uses her insights on the daily. “When you're a petite (as I am personally), it's so important to follow the rule of thirds,” she says. “Petites can get swallowed up quickly by a top that is too long or a dress or coat that is the wrong length; clothing can take over a petite person very easily if the fit is wrong and we never want the clothes to be wearing us.” We turned to Foster (who designed the wish list-worthy Simon Coat) as well as petite women on PureWow’s staff for their cold weather-tested rules to follow for choosing the best winter coats—and we have some recommendations of coats to shop for each. Stay warm, shorties!
Meet the Experts
• Jordan Foster is the style director at Favorite Daughter, a line of denim and ready-to-wear clothing by Erin and Sara Foster.
• Tigist Ketema is founder of Tigist Petites, a designer workwear label for women under 5' 4"