Part of why I hate winter is because there isn’t much choice when it comes to clothing. I know, I know, you can always layer up, which is one of the
only perks of dressing for the cold season. But let’s be honest here. As soon as you hop out in the zero degree weather, fashion will be the last thing on your mind. For this reason, every sane person out there needs a good reliable coat. A long coat, to be exact. And hopefully, one long enough to shield your freezing knees.
The other alternative, a puffer jacket, makes me look like the Michelin Man with its air-filled layers, which is why I prefer wearing a coat. My problem with the long coat, though, is no fault of the garment itself. It’s me. I’m a midget at the grand height of five feet so I’ve avoided longer articles of clothing all my life. But the long coat is in trend now, and my knees are knobby and iced up, so I decided it was time to ditch the last dignity I had about my height altogether and just go for a long coat. And surprisingly, I liked the outcome of the look!
Your jumper is going to be covered by your long coat most of the time, but that doesn’t mean you can throw on any old thing underneath. When you take your coat off indoors, you want to look put together. For the shorties, I suggest throwing on a cropped jumper or at least a jumper that doesn’t surpass your hip in length. I’m wearing a H&M black jumper (H&M again, surprise!) but I also have on a Uniqlo HEATTECH long-sleeved tshirt underneath to keep me warm.
Cropped denim jeans
Proud of your small ankles? Now’s the time to show them off. A long coat of any colour or pattern will pair well with denim – well, what doesn’t pair well with denim – so go for a cropped length. If you’d rather not expose your ankles, feel free to opt for full-length jeans. Mom jeans, ripped jeans, skinny jeans, any style goes. The pair I’m wearing are actually basic slim jeans from the Zara Kids collection because apparently, I’m a seven-year-old girl.
Y’all know what’s coming. As always, I prefer to style my outfits with trainers for the comfort. I’m going to milk this trend for as long as it exists. My trusty pair of Adidas Superstars may not make me taller, but I can certainly navigate the busy Hong Kong streets for hours without tiring. For a more formal occasion, or just to add a little additional height, I recommend putting on some plain-coloured booties instead.
Introducing the star of the show, the long coat. Me, I’m wearing an Antiqulothes long coat. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: I didn’t buy it. It’s not even mine. It’s actually my Mum’s. She and I are pretty much the same sizes so we share a lot of clothes. The long coat I’m wearing is a slim fit because I know anything bulkier wouldn’t work with my small frame. One thing short girls have to watch when buying a long coat is the length, which is hard to get right. You want to go for the petite range of a brand or even look at Asian brands. Case in point: Antiqulothes is a Japanese brand and my coat was actually bought on a trip to Japan.
Finish off the look with a small backpack or a small cross-shoulder purse to counter the long coat. You should avoid larger bags because you already have on a large piece of outerwear. If it’s possible, try to shorten the straps of the bag so that you can carry it higher up your body, which gives the illusion of a taller you. I’m actually showing a bad example with my New Look leather backpack, but the long straps can’t be helped – the adjusting clips on the bag simply slips down. But it’s simple, versatile and can store a lot of things, and y’know us girls… we pack more than we need. Choose a bag that you can fit all your essentials in, but most importantly, make sure it’s small!
I don’t claim to be a fashion expert, but I have lived my whole life as the shortest of the pack. Trust my grand height of five feet on this – I know what works on a short stature. If you have always wanted to foray into the world of the long coat, but have never dared, well, here’s your time to shine, girl! Let me know about your own struggles with certain articles of clothing thanks to your height, whether you are tall or short, in the comments below!
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