If you’re under five foot three and find it hard to style your teddy coat as I do, then I’ve got a few tips for you. If you saw my post all about my gorgeous burgundy coat you’ll already know I’m a sucker for a faux fur/teddy coat at this time of year.
Finding The Right Coat For You
The trick to finding the right teddy coat when you’re under five foot three is all about the length of the coat. There are some gorgeous full length, ankle-grazing teddy coats on the market right now, but I’d avoid them unless you like feeling swamped by your outerwear. If you have a curvy figure, like me, I’ve found that the perfect length coat – for any style – is just above the knee. This length means that the coat skims over curvy hips but leaves enough leg showing to be super flattering. If you choose a coat that is shorter it could make you look shorter. Not what we’re trying to achieve, right? Your coat shouldn’t end at the widest part of your body. For me, that is my hips. Not only will it make your legs stumpy but it’ll make your hips look wider too.
What To Wear Underneath Your Teddy Coat
Being petite means that oversized clothing can make you look (and feel) swamped. Even if you find the best fitting teddy coat for you, the nature of the fabric will mean that it has an oversized look. With this in mind, anything you wear underneath should be form-fitting. Layering a jumper underneath is the practical choice – a thin knit will work best. Form-fitting turtle neck jumpers are my go-to style for autumn and winter.
When it comes to the bottoms, a pair of skinny, or even straight-legged jeans, are perfect for under a chunky coat. A voluminous skirt or a pair of wide-leg trousers isn’t a good match for a teddy coat when you’re under five foot three. If a skirt is more your thing, stick to something fitted and above the knee. I know I keep repeating myself, but the more form-fitting the better. Although, a satin midi skirt would also work as the light fabric wouldn’t add any extra bulk.
So, if you don’t want to feel like a potato in your teddy when you’re under five foot three then stick to light layers and form-fitting proportions.
Images by Alice Christina