Long duster cardigans have been trendy for a few seasons, but I wasn't really certain if the length would work on my petite frame (and when I say petite, I mean that only in height as I'm 5'2). I've admired the look on other, mostly taller women, which made me curious. When I saw this beautiful burnt orange duster at Target, I decided to give it a try. The color sold me but the question remained; Can long layers work for petites?

The short answer is yes! Petites absolutely can participate in the trend and actually look really great. I think there are just a few key styling tips to keep in mind, 

1. The fabric and construction of the garment really matters. For example, knits have a flattering drape to them and will flow beautifully as you walk and move. They skim the body nicely without adding extra bulk. A more structured long coat in a heavier fabric is trickier to pull off which is why I prefer those to be shorter in length. 

2. Make sure that whatever you wear underneath the duster is more slim fitting. like a crisp pair of skinny jeans or a dress that still shows off some of your curves. This way you won't feel like you're swimming in it. 

3. Choose your shoes wisely. I almost wore this outfit with my favorite heeled sandals, but I opted for flat mules instead and I actually like the look. Just make sure that your shoes are fairly sleek. 

Long duster cardigans aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I've surprised myself with just how often I've been reaching for one in these weird transitional weather days. It's fun playing with proportions and seeing what works versus what doesn't. I always thought that long layers were meant for tall women, but I'm finding that short ladies like myself can have fun with length too!  

Would you wear this duster? I'll show you one more way to wear it on Wednesday so I hope you'll stop by!


  1. You styled it perfectly and i love this color. I like to wear mine with slip dresses too.

  2. Wow Noelle, you look gorgeous and these pictures are so pretty!! The lighting and your hair and makeup are just so beautiful. I love the color of that cardigan! I was eyeing a similar one by Sanctuary but didn't want to splurge on it. The price on this is much nicer. Can't wait to see how you style this on Wednesday!

  3. Looks great on you! Love the color!

  4. Couldn't agree more with your tips! I always tend to reach for shoes with a heel when wearing any long cardis or blazers.. i find that flats make me appear shorter than I actually am. Love these colors on you!

    xo, tasha // palmandpineblog.com

  5. I like your pink shoulder bag...From where you have get this?


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