The sky is cloudy and the rains have come – it’s officially fall here in England. And, while fall is my favourite sartorial season, it’s come as a bit of a shock this year. Just last week I was skipping along in a t-shirt and flats, and now I find myself reaching for my slippers and a sweater before I’ll even think of emerging from the blanket cocoon I’ve created on my bed.
As much as I love this season, I am not yet ready for fall—my wardrobe is lacking and although we go through this every year, I feel woefully unprepared. Here’s what I plan on adding to my wardrobe (and recommend you add as well) to look polished and put together, while staying warm this fall.
The trench coat game is strong here in England. It’s a fabulous piece to add to any wardrobe; it’s classic, it’s chic and it’s practical – when does that ever happen in fashion!? It also pairs well with any ensemble and can be easily dressed up or down.
While the trench coat is pretty much the perfect piece of outerwear, it can be a really tricky item for a petite to pull off, especially if you opt for a regular size option. It might be a bit harder and require a few weekends of browsing the racks, but finding one designed for petites will pay off a million times over in the long run as you won’t feel like you’re drowning in fabric, and the belt will hit you at the perfect point on your waist to show off your curves and shape. With the right petite-sized trench coat, you’ll be strutting your stuff rain or shine, turning any high street into a catwalk.
Petite Tip: Look for cropped trenches that don’t make your legs look too short or style your outfit in monochrome colors to create a longer leg line.
Whether you spend your afternoons hiking the moors, or puddle jumping through town, a pair of vibrant wellies are the perfect way to brighten up any fall day. As a petite, opt for a tall pair that hit right below the knee – this style won’t draw a line in the middle of the calf, helping you appear taller as you strut through town.
Petite Tip: Check kids sizes. Not only are they cheaper, but they are a little bit shorter on the leg as well.
Cable Knit Sweaters
It’s hard not to feel cozy when you’re wrapped in a cable knit sweater. While I do advocate to go oversized with this piece of clothing, as a petite you’ll need to find the right balance – long or baggy but not both because this will only weigh you down, making you look shorter and squattier. And, let’s be honest, no one ever wants to look squattier.
Petite Tip: Look for lighter weight knits that won’t add too much bulk. Cropped sweaters are also a great way to stay warm without cutting off your leg line too much.
Show off your gams while strutting in your wellies thanks to a pair of skinny jeans. This versatile piece of clothing will also help balance out the above-mentioned oversized sweater, making for the perfect fall ensemble.
Petite Tip: High waisted skinny jeans will make your legs look longer. If you’re going to cover them in boots this autumn, be sure to make up for the length elsewhere!
Fall is the perfect season for accessories – scarves, toques, mitts and more. Whether in a pop of colour or a classic neutral, fall accessories are the perfect accompaniment to every outfit this fall.
When fall comes along, it can be a bit of a shock. But, by adding just a few key pieces to your wardrobe will keep you warm and looking fabulous.