The more fabric, the better—this may not be a statement petites would expect to hear, given their small stature, but long, flowy silhouettes are certainly on trend this fall. So can petites tackle some of the trickiest shapes of the season? Absolutely; case in point: the Olsen twins. Ahead, the best sleeveless coats, longline blazers, and duster cardigans petites should try for fall.
Given the brisk fall air that we are facing, you wouldn't think to go sans sleeves, but these sleeveless options rid you of bulky arms, which often overwhelm petite frames. Go on, layer underneath with abandon.
Blazers that hit right at the hip automatically cut the body in half, no matter what your size. A longer silhouette leads the eye downward, extending the length of the torso and making you appear slimmer.
Long doesn't necessarily mean oversized. Select tailored or form-fitting floor length duster cardigans to elongate a petite figure and create a lean line, much like a longline blazer. Grab a belted option for added structure and instant come-hither curves.
Shop the pieces (from top left): Warehouse cardigan, $116; warehouse.com. Derek Lam cardigan, $1,790; dereklam.com. White House Black Market, $98; whitehouseblackmarket.com. Topshop, $85; topshop.com.