I Just Scrolled Through So Many Petite Winter Buys—These 25 Were the Very Best

Getting dressed in the morning is hard enough in winter, even without being petite. It’s often still dark when we stand in front of our wardrobes searching for something to wear, we never know if it’s going to be freezing outside or oddly mild, and most of us are still experiencing the working-from-home outfit rut. Now add to that the stress of being shorter than 5’3” in a world where most clothes are designed for 6-foot, size-8 models… It’s tough, okay!

As a petite fashion editor, having to search that little bit harder for outfits that work (and make friends with my local tailor) is something I’ve learnt to tackle my whole adult life. By now, though, I think I’ve managed to crack the code of where to find the best pieces that work for us shorter people. Yes, I still struggle sometimes trying to re-create street style looks or lust after a designer piece for months only to realise it drags on the floor. But when it comes to finding those timeless capsule basics that really make a wardrobe work, there are a few brands I always turn to that I know won’t let me down. 

And since we’re still very much in the depths of chilly, grey winter here in the UK, I thought it was worth doing some serious scrolling through their new-in sections to bring you the 25 best cold-weather petite buys for wearing right now. We’re talking cosy coats, chic smart trousers and leather layers. Some pieces are even perfect for transitioning into spring (if it ever comes), like the dresses, which can work with roll-necks and chunky boots now and sandals when the sun comes out. 

So if you’re petite and struggling with outfit inspiration at the moment, keep scrolling for some ideas as well as links if you’re looking to update your collection.


1. Reformation's Sigmund Dress

Reformation's petite-wear has long been the best at the premium level. Add tights and boots to this for wearing right now. 

2. Boden's Relaxed Cotton Shirt

A classic layering piece that won't be too oversized. 

3. Mango Teen's Quiltes Gilet

Although not specifically petite, Mango's new teen line is a great option for finding smaller measurements. 

4. New Look's Ruched Midi Dress

5. Reformation's Pratt Slip Skirt

A versatile black slip skirt is an essential in any wardrobe.

6. Boden's Straight Jeans

These black jeans come in a petite size option now like most of Boden's designs. 

7. River Island's Floral Cardigan

Less basic, more fun, but this adorable knit will certainly bring joy to anyone wearing it. 

8. Nasty Gal's Black Faux-Leather Blazer

A lot of the standard leather blazers out there are too oversized for petites. This one will have much better proportions. 

9. M&S's High-Waisted Jeans

M&S jeans are an insider favourite, and luckily, they all come in dedicated short/petite sizes now. 

10. Nasty Gal's Trench

A winter layering staple and perfect for taking into spring. 

11. Reformation's Smart Oren Pants

Don't miss out on the wide-leg-trouser trend.

12. Nasty Gal's Overshirt

So cosy, and you can be confident the sleeves won't be too long like normal shirts on petite frames. 

13. Mango Teen's Printed Skirt

Another hero from the new Mango Teen collection.

14. River Island's Faux-Leather Trousers

If you've been searching for the perfect pair of faux-leather trousers like I have, look no further. 

15. Nasty Gal's Wool Coat

Usually, we have to sit out on oversized wool coats that drag on the ground and swamp us, but this petite version will have much better proportions. 

16. ASOS Design's Black Wide-Leg Trousers

17. Nasty Gal's Brown Oversized Blazer

18. Reformation's Legging Pants

Basically leggings, these slim trousers work from day to night. 

19. Nasty Gal's Houndstooth Coat

I can't believe how expensive-looking this coat is for under £100. 

20. Nasty Gal's Knit Co-Ord

Co-ords can be another difficult item to find as a petite person. Good job this one's perfect, then. 

21. ASOS's Quilted Puffer 

22. Topshop's Floral Midi

Topshop's petite range was always impressive. Luckily, you can still find it online at ASOS.

23. Topshop's Smock Dress

We'd forgive you for thinking this dress was designer. 

24. Miss Selfridge's Brown Faux-Leather Trousers

25. Nasty Gal's Knit Midi Dress

Finally, a knit dress that won't sag or hit the floor on us. 

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