I'm 5'2", and These Are the Only Long Puffer Coats I Would Actually Wear

Here to solve our short-girl problems.

There are many pros to being a petite woman, but unfortunately, being able to shop with carefree ease is not always one of them. I would know—I’m a 5’2” (at a push) fashion editor. I’ve spent my career styling models in samples that would drag metres on the floor for me, dangling my legs off benches at fashion week and making weekly trips to my local tailor for alterations. 

Aïda wears an Arket puffer.

Of course, we muddle our way through, don’t we? And over the years, my fellow petite editors and I have made an effort to record all the helpful insider tips we’ve learned along the way—like how to build a capsule wardrobe of petite staples or where to find the best petite pieces on the high street. Most recently, I’ve been trying to decode some of the biggest trends of the moment so that we can wear them as easily as our taller counterparts. If you’ve been wanting to try wide-leg trousers, for example, I wrote about that here. And if you thought it was impossible to pull off a long puffer coat, well, I’m here today to tell you to think again.

I recently set out to find the best puffer coats for women below the height of 5’3” and was surprisingly successful. Yes, there are some out there that could probably eat us for breakfast, and I don’t blame you for being wary. But there are some simple tricks that actually make them wearable, whatever your height.

Emily wears an L.K. Bennett puffer.

Firstly, don’t be scared of opting for a longer style. As long as it’s not dragging on the floor, it will actually elongate your silhouette. Secondly, opt for a light, quilted puff rather than a bulky Michelin Man–esque piece that could overwhelm. And finally, steer clear of “oversized” and “maxi” fits when shopping around unless they come from a petite collection where the proportions should already be tailored to you. Instead try mid-length options, which should still give you a longer look, or options with flattering cinched waists or belts. 

Keep scrolling to shop the 15 styles I would particularly recommend…

The waist detailing here will help to avoid your frame being overwhelmed. 

This COS jacket is much less puffy than most.

This black mid-length puffer will be a great investment. 

Although not specifically petite, NA-KD’s sizes start at a UK 4. 

This may look shorter on the model, but if you’re petite, it will probably hit the knee. 

This long puffer won’t drag on the floor. You can see how it fits on me above. 

The shorter arms on this style mean it won’t drown you. 

Lightly quilted and belted—this is a perfect petite puffer coat to tick off the trend while still looking put-together. 

A great budget option that is designed for petites. 

I love that this style isn’t so chunky and has flattering wrist cuffs. It’s a great investment you’ll wear for years.

The belted detail on this coat will cinch you in and create shape. 

Boden now offers petite options for most of its coat styles. 

You can still get the popular oversized look by opting for a coat like this one which is designed specifically for petite proportions.

A great cream, mid-length version you know will keep you warm. 

Wrist cuffs are good to look out for when shopping for petite clothing, as you don’t want the coat arms to fall over the hands. 

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