Review: The Elusive Burberry Petite

I’ve been trying to get my hands on a Burberry petite coat for a while now…but those things sell out fast! Not sold in Burberry boutiques, but only in high end department stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, these things are in short supply, and the smallest sizes usually sell out immediately. I figured since regular sized Burberry coats can be a close fit for petites, I figured a Burberry coat made specifically for petite women would be near perfection!

I stalked this coat online, on the off chance a size 2P would magically appear…and then one day…it popped up and I snatched it!

This thing was on back order for two months! I ordered it in October…and it just arrived! The product page describes it as a “contemporary, slim fit”, so I had high hopes for this coat.

View of the P2 tag

Unfortunately, this coat was a disappointment. Here it is on me:

Large in the chest and arms
Burberry Petite
I look swamped in this coat!

Burberry Petite
Look at the baggy fit in the shoulders and back.

Burberry Petite
Another view of the baggy shoulder and back.

This petite coat is not very petite! In fact, I’ve found better fits with the regular size 2 Burberry coats. I thought maybe it was just because this coat is wool/cashmere, and not the traditional trench fabric. But then I stumbled across this petite Burberry coat in size 2P at Nordstrom and tried it on. I found the fit was only slightly better than the wool/cashmere coat! It would need quite a bit of alterations to fit decently.

My verdict:

Skip the petite sized coats….and here’s why:

* The fit isn’t much better, maybe even worse, than some of the regular size 2 Burberry coat styles.
* Petite coats are only offered in limited styles. Burberry boutiques offer a much better assortment.
* Even though stores like Nordstrom offer free tailoring, the coats need alterations that would not be covered by this policy. You would end up paying quite a bit to get these fitted.
* Buying a Burberry coat at a Burberry boutique includes free alterations! Any and all alterations!

Given the off the rack state of these coats, and the amount of alterations they would need (slimming the torso, slimming the arms, taking in the shoulder, shortening the sleeves…), I would just buy a regular size 2 coat from a Burberry boutique and have their tailor take it in.

I’m going to return this coat to the Nordstrom at the Westside Pavillion in Los Angeles if anyone is interested in trying it out. Nordstrom will ship to your home for free if you go to a store and have a sales associate do an inventory search for you.

More posts with the Burberry Trenchcoats:
Petite-Friendly H&M Lace Skirt – I Wasn’t Sure If I Was a Lace Girl
Petite Outfit: Who Needs Sunshine When You’ve Got Burberry?
Petite-Friendly Coats: Burberry

6 Comments

  • Reply December 9, 2009

    Anonymous

    You just saved me a huge headache! I've always wanted to try Burberry but assumed I'd need a petite too. Next time I'm near a boutique, I'll give these a try. Love your red coat in particular.

  • Reply December 25, 2009

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  • Reply September 4, 2010

    diaryofashopper

    Ooooh, I was looking at this coat in Nordstroms today, and thinking about ordering one- but it looks like the 2P would probably be too big for me too. Thanks for reviewing this coat!

  • Reply February 23, 2011

    Anonymous

    I would like to see more women wearing long, extra-full-length (below-the-calves-length) leather, double-breasted and belted Burberry type trench coats worn over long, below-the calves length skirts and stiletto high-heeled shoes on their feet.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Anonymous

    You just saved me a huge headache! I've always wanted to try Burberry but assumed I'd need a petite too. Next time I'm near a boutique, I'll give these a try. Love your red coat in particular.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    diaryofashopper

    Ooooh, I was looking at this coat in Nordstroms today, and thinking about ordering one- but it looks like the 2P would probably be too big for me too. Thanks for reviewing this coat!

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