It’s trench coat season again! Petite coats selection made easy if you follow these tips.
A classic trench coat is a wardrobe essential that everyone should own.
Traditionally, trench coat is double-breasted with 10 front buttons, has wide lapels, a storm flap and pockets that button-close. The coat is belted at the waist with a self-belt, as well as having straps around the wrists that also buckle (to keep water from running down the forearm when using binoculars in the rain). The coat often has shoulder straps that button-close; those were a functional feature in a military context. The traditional color of a trench coat was Khaki, although newer versions come in many colors.
Celebrities and models illustrate how a classic trench never goes out of style.
Wear it over your power suit to a client meeting or with your favorite blouse and jeans for a Sunday brunch, or wear it with your little black dress on a date night, a trench coat is your best friend in this transitional weather.
Trench coat forms a vertical line and creates the illusion of height, so it is an essential piece for every petite girl’s wardrobe.
First of all, when picking a trench coat, fit is everything! Length of the coat sets the proportion of your body, so, first decide if you want a classic trench around or below the knee, or a shorter trench 1-2 inches above the knee. Both could be flattering, depending on if you plan to wear them over pant outfit or dress/skirt outfit. Classic length at the knee is ideal for the chilly fall whether, when you want to throw it over a dress or sweater and skirt outfit. Shorter trench coat, on the other hand, creates the illusion of longer legs, when you match it with fitted trousers or skinny jeans.
In addition, length of the sleeves is critical for petite coats. Even if it’s half inch longer, it will make your entire outfit looks awkward. Fortunately, a lot of department stores or boutiques carry petite size trench, with sleeves especially tailored to fit petite arm length. Still, make sure the sleeve length fit you perfectly when you try them on in front of the mirror.
Fabrics is another part of choosing petite coats. Traditionally, trench coat is made of cotton, but nowadays, we have much more fabrics choices such as wool, cashmere, suede and leather. A cotton trench coat is classic, and it can create a casual or formal look. If you want a more expensive look, and, if you the budget for an investment piece for this fall, go for a wool/cashmere or suede/leather trench coat, they are for sure to keep you nice and warm and they will last the years to come.
Traditional trench coat is khaki, and more recently, black and navy are also dominating the trends.
If you want something bolder, or want to have some fun, a colorful trench coat will definitely make you stand out. To select the best petite coats our advice is to go simple on accessories, if you wear a colorful trench coat, as you do not want to look overly complicated.