At last, it’s finally time to reunite with our cozy best friend- fall! The season when the leaves change, the air offers a slight chill, and we begin to feel nostalgic over gatherings and festivities right around the corner. Finding those extra special autumnal pieces that bring a sense of warmth and comfort to our closet becomes a priority. But what should be considered a clear fall staple in your petite capsule wardrobe? How can I find the right fit for my petite frame? Sit tight as we dig deep and explore timeless fall pieces that you will want to live in this season!

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A perfect transitional piece from summer to fall is the shacket! For those who aren’t familiar with this gem, a shacket is typically a thicker button-down style shirt worn as a jacket. It’s lightweight yet just warm enough to keep you cozy when sipping hot apple cider or taking pics at the pumpkin patch.

For us petites, it’s important to find a fit that won’t overwhelm your frame. Why opt for a petite shacket vs a regular style? A true petite shacket will ensure the correct torso and sleeve length which is an overall flattering look you won’t get lost in. To keep this look timeless, choose a shacket in a neutral shade that will mix and match well with other staples in your existing closet.

Striped Sweater

When curating a capsule wardrobe, versatility is key! Nothing is as versatile as a striped sweater this fall. This tres chic top is timeless and can be worn to reflect your own personal style. For a preppy feel, style with a pair of cigarette pants and your favorite loafers, perfect for wearing when grabbing a chai cinnamon latte. For something with a little more edge, pair this cozy sweater with faux leather pants and sneakers.

No matter how you wear this closet staple, snagging a great petite fit is vital. Look for a cropped option that will hit your waist perfectly and will be easy to French tuck into your favorite jeans or trousers. You will love how your petite frame looks by applying this styling advice!

Stylist Tip: If you find that stripes are a difficult print to wear, opt for thin stripes vs large stripes which won't overwhelm your petite frame

Flare Jean

While straight-leg jeans are still the gold standard, flare jeans really shine during the autumn months. This style can seem tricky for petites to pull off but it is definitely not impossible. Focusing on inseam, rise and the amount of flare you prefer are essential when selecting a pair to add to your closet.

Worried about finding a pair that will be too long? Short Story carries a large variety of petite options to request! My personal fave is the cropped kick flares that hit above the ankle and are a fun way to show off your favorite booties and platform heels. Want to lean into this style but aren’t sure you can commit to a full flare? Go for a baby bootcut jean that gives off a similar silhouette!

Neutral Trouser

Elevate your fall outfits by swapping out your jeans for neutral trousers! A great-fitting trouser in a straight or wide-leg silhouette instantly takes your weekend casual outfit to sophisticated chic in a snap. Solid creams, browns, olives, and blacks are classic go-to hues for autumn. Want to try a pant that is a little more colorful yet still neutral? Try a rust shade, the same color as fall leaves!

For a flattering petite fit, look for a pair in a high-rise which will create the appearance of length. Pair with a tailored blouse and gold hoops for a sleek and modern feel! If it’s not super chilly during fall where you live, lightweight linen blends are a nice option whereas thicker ponte materials are great for cooler climates. You won’t regret adding this fashion must-have to your capsule wardrobe!

Midi Dress

If you are like me then dresses are your love language! No matter the season, the midi dress dominates but in the fall, it really shows its true potential. This classic statement piece is perfect for autumn weddings, warm gatherings and fall family photos.

When looking for a midi dress, decide what length is best for you. A true petite midi hem hits halfway between the knee and ankle, about mid-calf. I found that on my 5'1 frame, a cut closer to my ankle is what I like best. Play around with fun details like side slits and puffy sleeves and stick to neutral fall shades to keep this look fresh. Style with camel booties and a denim jacket and you'll be ready for apple picking and corn mazes in no time!

Having these key fall elements in your closet will keep your look timeless and fresh. Did you fall in love with any of these styles mentioned? Our stylists would love to curate a petite specific set just for you! Sign up to request your next Short Story box and we will send these fall essentials your way!

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