You can’t deny the versatility and timeless style of a denim jacket. No matter what style you aspire to, we’re convinced there is a version that can fit into your wardrobe. What makes them extra great is how versatile they are throughout the seasons - they make the perfect layer in the spring and summer for indoor situations with chilly A/C but also make for a great last layer in fall over a cozy sweater. If you’re petite though, you may have struggled in the past with fit issues when shopping for a denim jacket. How can you find the best fit? Keep reading this post on how to find a great fit for a denim jacket and ways to style them for your specific style!

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How to Find the Best Fit

Most petites have a clear idea of how they like their outerwear to fit. Some like them a little bit bigger to accommodate layers and others like an overly fitted look. Choose a style that you feel flatters your petite frame most. I tend to go for some right in between!

Examine sleeve lengths and if you have a shorter torso, opt for a cropped fit. After finding your ideal fit, the possibilities are endless! Denim jackets come in a wide variety of colors and washes from white to stone to rust to navy! Mine has cute embroidery throughout to give it an extra pop! Now, let's get that denim jacket out of your closet and explore ways to style this layer no matter the season!

A Pop of Print

No one can deny how great a denim jacket looks over a fun dress. We love the way this lighter denim jacket pairs over this bold printed dress that shows off your unique style and fun fashion choices. While this look is styled with sandals here, a great way to lengthen your legs and make the look appropriate for fall is to add a pair of ankle booties with a low heel.

To keep things looking proportional for your petite frame, go for the classic sleeve cuff on your denim jacket. This shows off your wrists making this look perfect for adding some fun rings or layered bracelets if you like to accessorize.

Girl on the Go

If you want to be comfy for your days running errands, go for an athletic-inspired look with a denim jacket. Start this look with a casual combo of joggers, a fitted tee, and low-top sneakers. The key to keeping this look from looking too laid back is to layer on a trusty denim jacket.

What’s the key to getting an oversized jacket that doesn’t overwhelm your figure? Opt for a petite size or if buying a traditional size in an oversized jacket, consider sizing down. Even if you’re going for an oversized look, you want to make sure to get the sleeve length right to make sure you still look put-together and on-trend.

Cool Girl Chic

For the "cool girl" look everyone will be jealous of, go for a chic midi skirt paired with a cozy sweater. This look is the ultimate chic fall look and we love to finish off the look with a pair of heeled ankle booties and a classy denim jacket of course. Don't own a midi skirt but want to try out this outfit? Look at your closet with new eyes - a midi dress makes a great piece to layer under a sweater pulling double duty for you.

Either way you choose to style this, opt for a shorter-length sweater that will easily tuck into a skirt or highlight your waist if you pair it over a dress. Selecting sweaters made just for petites will flatter your frame and won’t drown your figure.

Edgy Vibes

Who doesn’t love a good cozy fit in the fall? You don’t have to sacrifice style at all in order to stay super warm. Start off the look with the classic cozy combo of a hooded sweatshirt with a pair of bootcut or flared jeans. This style of jeans will keep the look looking fresh and on-trend.  Plus it allows for the introduction of a pair of cool boots or some colorful chunky sneakers if you’re feeling adventurous.

If you want to try a pair of flared jeans made just for a petite figure, opt for a true petite brand that will fit your inseam and will be perfectly tailored to petite proportions. Throw on a denim jacket with edgy details like sherpa lining or distressing. If you want to personalize your jacket a bit, add some iron-on patches for a unique twist!

Weekend Brunch

Just like dresses, jumpsuits make for an easy option to wear under a denim jacket, a perfect pairing! Short Story carries a variety of prints and colors to fit your petite proportions. This look is PERFECT for a day with friends or a weekend brunch since it’s easy to throw on and go.

Adding a denim jacket over top just makes it look like you took a little extra time thinking about your outfit which is always a plus. You can even add a pair of sneakers and still look polished! Look for denim jackets in lighter washes and cropped or oversized styles for a fresh and cheerful vibe.

Can you see why you NEED a denim jacket in your life? Petites and denim jackets really go well together. It’s the easiest piece to throw on over just about any look to keep you warm and looking your best!

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*Cover photo: Dress Cori Lynn