Summer to Fall in the PNW: Petite-Friendly Outerwear

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Banana Republic green parka     J.Crew belted down puffer coat

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Banana Republic petite trench coat

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Mike and I are getting ready for our first fall in the PNW. While we’re looking forward to so many autumn traditions (we hear fall is beautiful here), I don’t think we’re mentally prepared for the weather. In California the seasons never drastically change, so I think we’re in for a real shock. No joke, last week we went from a day in the high 80’s to the next day with a high of 59 degrees. You should have seen me. I was bundled up as if it was winter or something. My neighbors probably think I’m crazy.  I have a feeling it’s going to feel more like we’re going from summer to winter for me (yikes!). I’ve always really had fall to transition my wardrobe to the next season. Here, you don’t get that time. In a blink of an eye it’s fall and it’s freezing.

Since I’ve been on the hunt for outerwear, I thought I’d share some of my recent finds. I picked up this J.Crew vest and I’m obsessed! It sold out really quick last year, so I made sure to snag it early in the season. I recently ordered this Patagonia fleece. This is my first Patagonia piece ever, so hopefully it doesn’t run too big and will keep me warm. I also have this wool top coat from Banana Republic. Camel coats are hard to find and this one is awesome. The fit is great and it’s pretty heavy, perfect for fall. This puffer coat just made it’s way into my closet as well. I had my eye on it at the end of last winter, but again it was sold out in my size. I’m so excited to see it back this season. It’s lightweight and super soft, but still warm. I love the rose gold details and the petite xs fits perfectly. Puffer coats that fit small frames are pretty hard to find, so if you’re in the market for one, this one is great!

Speaking of petite-friendly outerwear. If you’re small, you know coats and jackets are one of the hardest things to find. I struggle every year. Two brands I tend to lean on, though, are J.Crew and Banana Republic. When it comes to petite sizing that fit TTS, they both kill it. I also recently realized Abercrombie and Fitch fits really well. I stopped in over the weekend and tried on several coats and jackets and was surprised with how well everything fits. They don’t necessarily carry petite sizes, but I think their outerwear just runs small. I have my eye on this shearling denim jacket, this fleece hoodie, and this military parka.

If you have any petite-friendly outerwear you swear by, I’d love to hear about them!

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  1. September 27, 2016 / 6:19 am

    LOVING the coats and jackets! But then again I’m on the east coast in the snow belt! LOL
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    • Crystalin
      September 27, 2016 / 8:42 am

      Haha. This is a whole new territory for me. It’s so easy to get carried away with needing every style of coat.

    • Crystalin
      September 27, 2016 / 8:42 am

      Thank you, Paula!

  2. September 27, 2016 / 8:49 am

    Once it hit high 50s in NYC, I threw on all the layers and leather………and then I realized how hot I was ;) Love all of your outerwear picks!

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    • Crystalin
      October 4, 2016 / 9:10 am

      Haha… I’m just worried, if I’m wearing all my coats now in the 60’s, what do I have left when it reaches the 30’s-40’s!

  3. September 28, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Thank you! I also moved from California to the PNW, and I’m trying to figure out what people wear in the rainy season. This is very helpful! I’ve also heard a pair of duck boots are a must.

    • Crystalin
      October 4, 2016 / 9:11 am

      Yes, I’m still trying to figure it out myself.

  4. Katie
    September 28, 2016 / 11:26 am

    Great options but any luck finding a petite rain jacket?? I’ve been in the PNW for 7 years and I still don’t have one!

    • Crystalin
      October 4, 2016 / 9:11 am

      Oh damn! I will be searching… when I find one, I’ll definitely post it :)

    • Crystalin
      October 4, 2016 / 9:11 am

      Thank you!

  5. September 28, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    The PNW has amazing weather! You get seasons, but it doesn’t get super cold! Much better than MN. J. Crew does have great, reasonably priced (its all relative, right?) outerwear. i love that chateau parka. I’m wondering if I should invest in pregnancy outerwear this winter or just hope that I’m warm enough from being pregnant to leave my coats open. hmmm.

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    • Crystalin
      October 4, 2016 / 9:12 am

      oooh, that’s a great question. I would hate for you to have a bunch of coats that are eventually too big for you (post pregnancy)… I would probably wear my normal size, leave it open, and pair it with cozy sweaters and scarves.

  6. September 29, 2016 / 3:15 am

    I’ve been stalking that BR top coat! Love it. The thing is, I really need to invest in a super warm puffer coat with a hood. I always buy the wool toppers but never a truly warm winter coat so I’m trying to make myself do that instead this year. Love all your picks, and since I’m on the hunt for a new coat…this post was perfect for me:)
    Your black winter coat pictured above is perfection! I wish I could still get my hands on that one…
    XO! Gina

    • Crystalin
      October 4, 2016 / 9:13 am

      The black puffer coat from J.Crew was hands down my best purchase last winter. I’m hoping it comes back in a few new colors this winter. Don’t hesitate, you will love it!

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