A British Check Coat, Please
Don't agree with the American Plaid.
Since I already found my perfect petite-sized coat as my go-to everyday outerwear, I wanted to venture out into different styles and colors. Coats are a hefty purchase. You only need one or two that are warm enough to last you through a few winters. This usually makes you want to avoid the fun, bold printed coats. A check coat is a great balance between pattern centric and versatility for different outfits.
The plaid party is high this winter leaving you with a multitude of options. A few things I look for in a good coat is a slimming silhouette, sleek lapels to elongate my torso, and an appropriate length that won't shorten my bottom half. A longer coat is harder to wear for petite people. There's less hinting at an accentuated waist or creating a longer line. Recently, I discovered Bershka, which has the same parent family as Zara, but more reasonably priced items. This is where I found the perfect mid-sized check coat.
In an effort to pull off a longer coat, wearing the right jean length was key. I needed an ankle grazer style that stopped right above the tops of my boots. This is a nice trick in making your legs look longer than they are. Like, "hey whoa my legs are so long they don't even reach my ankles" kind of an effect. Asos carries a petite version of a slimmer mom jean style, which was a trial buy that ended up being a "thank the lawd" purchase.
With an ice grey sweater loosely tucked in, the bright blue jeans was a nice color pop to a mostly grey outfit. I almost named this post "50 Shades of Grey" because of that. Almost. This is a great casual, put-together look to wear for these cold, cloudy days. Since I'm more of a snob and into high fashion than I care to admit, I invested in a cashmere beanie. It is the fuzziest and warmest beanie to cover my and head, worth the purchase.