Whether your city turns into a magical wintry wonderland in the winter or the temps are just chilly enough to pop on your favorite cozy sweater, the petite fashion guide you need this season has arrived! Curating a capsule is all about versatility. Figuring out how to put together winter outfits as a petite and not look swallowed up in fabric can be difficult but with these petite styling tips, you can confidently stay warm and cute- without the bulk. Hang tight as we adventure through some go-to outfits you will want to reach for again and again throughout the months ahead!

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Neutral Coat Over Casual Outfit

One of the must-have pieces for your wardrobe and likely something you already own, is a coat! Trench, shearling, longline blazer, leather, or a peacoat: you name it, these are essentials! As a foundational piece, a coat in a neutral color is your best bet, as it is easy to mix and match with just about anything in your closet. If you are shorter in stature, super-long outerwear can feel overwhelming so opt for a midi-length or one that hits just around the knee!

A fashionable outfit ensemble for those casual days is to style a pair of jeans with a warm long-sleeve top! Then add the coat, your favorite accessories, some booties, and you are set. Neutral does not mean boring! In fact, if you want an elevated look, try one with unique details and/or patterns.

Skirt & Sweater Combo

Sweaters will forever and always be one of the hallmarks of the winter season! The trend as of late has been to pair them with skirts, especially longer ones like midis and maxis. If you are extra fashion-forward, you may like to try this out in the form of a coordinated set. Especially as part of a capsule, this can allow even more outfit options.

Midis can be great for us petites, but if the weather is more conducive to a warmer maxi, try pairing it with a more fitted sweater to balance out proportions. Go classic or get creative with the neckline. Add some booties or fashion sneakers depending on the occasion for a cute outfit to sip hot cocoa in!

Top With Faux Leather Pants

As it exudes such chicness, faux leather is probably my all-time favorite trend. Looser silhouettes are in style at the moment, but for those who enjoy looks with a bit more edge, you can always go for slimmer styles and an oversized sweater! Whatever faux leather silhouette you choose, an inseam that fits your petite proportions is key. Check out our Short Story Inseam Guide to find your best fit!

A fun and elevated outfit combo would also be to pair some faux leather pants with a tee and a blazer to polish off the ensemble. For even greater minimalist simplicity, pair them with a fitted bodysuit and add that overcoat we previously discussed!

Sweater & Trousers

Trousers, trousers, trousers! For good reason, they are all the rage! They are easy to dress up or down and a true classic that will withstand the test of time. A combination you will want to have on repeat through the winter is definitely the trouser + sweater look. Add some heels if you are headed into the office or some fashion sneakers if you are headed out to lunch with friends.

For capsule purposes, try a neutral petite option in colors like black, beige, and grey which are immensely adaptable and lend themselves well to a variety of wardrobes and aesthetics. When choosing a sweater, try a cropped style or one that can be tucked in to balance out your petite frame.

Sweater Dress With Boots

For those who adore the ease of dresses, a sweater dress is undoubtedly one you will want to add to your capsule collection! They come in a variety of shapes and silhouettes according to your petite frame, so if you gravitate toward fit and flares, or tend to reach for more form-fitted styles, definitely consider including one in your rotation. Add your favorite heeled boot or bootie for that extra “wow” factor!

Solid colors tend to be the easiest to match, but if you’re a pattern gal, fear not! You can certainly try cable-knitted styles which give a similar element of visual appeal and uniqueness. No sacrifice necessary!

Winter in your best petite style will definitely bring even more joy to the season that is often already rich in so much of it! Try out a capsule collection with the above recommendations and let us know what you think! Do you have a favorite outfit to wear throughout the cooler months?!

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