Autumn is here and we know that some trends can be difficult to pull off – for us mere mortals who don’t walk the runway for a living but sometimes even more so for petite women (how were we ever going to pull off flares and floor-length coats?) so here’s our round-up of the key trends and our selection of petite-friendly pieces to help get you through the season.
Mini-dresses, Mary Janes, patent knee boots, and striking mod prints were in full swing across a number of A/W 14 catwalks such as Gucci, Valentino, and Louis Vuitton. The A-line skirt silhouette will be at the heart of this trend so the Petite Pocket A-line Skirt from Topshop will be the perfect staple.
This season’s furs are coming in chunky styles, vibrant colours, texture combinations and animal print (of course). Petite ladies, we have your back here – we know that fur coats + petite frames = a chance to be mistaken for a small bear. So if you’re looking for petite-friendly fur (faux, that is), we’ve found a cute Zara TRF leopard jacket, the shorter length wins petite points and Next have a versatile cream faux fur coat in petite.
The Poncho Blanket became an instant-staple of the season since Cara Develingne, Jourdan Dunn and Suki Waterhouse marched down the catwalk in Burberry blanket scarves draped nonchalantly across their shoulders. Becoming part of the blanket brigade won’t be very hard since the high street and online boutiques have since stocked up on blanket-inspired ponchos, capes and coats.
We’ve selected our two most wearable favourites for petites. The New Look Blanket Wrap works nicely on its own or over a jacket with a thin belt at the waist and the French Connection Felix Cape would be a sweet investment piece you can wear with skirts or skinny jeans.
If you’ve already used up your animal print credits this season, try something a little different – Sessun have a more subtle take on print with their Ikat Bomber that could take you right into SS15.
Dramatic but delicate fabrics with embroidery and sheer panels exuded an element of romance and fairytales on the runway, especially from designers such as Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen. The only caveat petites need to be aware of here is avoid getting lost in busy prints or large swathes of fabric.