Tackling A Hard To Wear Style: The Long Duster

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Long dusters are a style I’ve been loving on others for a few seasons now, but I’ve had a hard time finding one inspiring enough to force me to tackle the silhouette. Being 4’11”, I know this style is tricky. Draping yourself in one huge flowy piece of fabric is hard for most people to pull off, let alone someone so petite. The silhouette can highlight just how short you are, especially from behind, with the risk of looking like a child running around town in a bathrobe.

After drooling over this gorgeous pinstriped version from Artizia for months (and purchasing the shorter version I knew I could handle without much effort), I threw caution to the wind and snagged it on sale. So what if I look short in it? I am short! It’s gorgeous!

To mitigate my shortening fears, I’ll first pair it with shorts and open sandals, giving myself more presence despite being draped in fabric from shoulder to ankle. I’m also sure to tie the self-tie at the back to give the duster jacket an open drape to expose more outfit underneath. The result is a dressier vibe than I usually wear, which feels like a nice update to my wardrobe. This is a “hip brunch with the girls” or “summer rooftop drinks party” outfit for sure.

Now to get that leg tan evened out because those ankle crop and knee-slit lines are just embarrassing. It also reminds me how much I like olive on myself. Must collect more when fall rolls around…

This duster is currently on sale at Artizia in three colors. I’m wearing the Tuscan Olive in size xxs (my measurements can be found here). It’s made of a heavy polyester fabric that drapes beautifully, and both looks and feels expensive. It features side pockets and a nice grommeted back detail for the self-tie. The olive was not my first choice, but when I saw it in person, it really won me over. Oh! And it’s machine washable!

And don’t forget, styles that graze the calf of tall models will be ankle grazing styles on petites. Plan accordingly. =)

— More Duster Jacket Picks —

  1. ASOS – crisp and minimalist in petite sizes.
  2. Madewell – for the denim lover.
  3. Nordstrom BP. – a linen version in petite-friendly junior sizes.
  4. Leith – I love the cute, simple print on this one.
  5. Moon River – the color mix makes this a super versatile piece.
  6. Antik Batik – this beaded beauty has been haunting my dreams…but so expensive!


— Outfit Details —

Duster Jacket Aritzia
Tee Daily Ritual
Shorts American Eagle (longer version)
Shoes Giuseppe Zanotti (old) (similar) (similar) (similar)
Clutch Linea Pelle (gifted) (old)
Watch Nicole Vienna (gifted) (similar)
Jewelry Vintage
Sunglasses Quay (also here)

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  1. You look great in this outfit Kelly. I have recently seen another petite woman (though not as petite as we are) wearing a long shirt to show how well it works with wearing shorts (Yvonne of http://www.funkyforty.com) I think the style is too unpractical for me to wear to school, but I certainly love the way it looks on petites. Love, Lieske

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