Petite Style: Duster-Length Sweater Knits

I love duster-length sweater knits. Even though I’m petite and the ultra-long length isn’t the most flattering on someone as short as I am, I still love the long-line silhouette and the drama of it all!

Burberry Brit. Image from here


Back in the 90s, I had this J. Crew sweater – a substantial rib knit cotton with a generous hood and tie belt – that I loved. Even though it reached mid-calf on me, it was still a flattering look because of the ribbed texture and slim fit – both of which created a long, vertical line.


Vintage J. Crew.


This fall, I’m happy to report that the duster cardi has returned! For petites, this style can easily become overwhelming or frumpy, so some things to consider before falling hopelessly in love with one.



 A silhouette that skims the body in a long column will be more flattering than one that has more volume. This Theory version is great because it has clean lines and minimal details that don't interrupt the vertical line. Image from here.


Look for vertical textures, such as rib knit, cable knit, etc., which will help to elongate the body. Burberry Brit Long Ribbed Cardigan. Image from here.



Find a style with a more fitted shoulder area, which will keep the long sweater from overwhelming your frame. This one is from Moth (comes in petite sizes as well). Image from here


Definitely look for styles that come in petite sizes, as they will not only be shorter in length, but will also be proportioned through the body to fit a narrower frame. Here's one from Eileen Fisher that is flattering and sized for petites. Image from here


Even though this one is not in petite sizes, I love this look from Alice+Olivia -- so cute! I love the contrast color sleeves and the flattering rounded neckline. Image from here


It's also a good idea to think about color – matching the sweater with tights/shoes or boots -- and wearing heels to create an even longer (and more attractive) line. Hope you have the chance to try out this style! As always, stay connected with us on PinterestInstagramTwitter or Facebook







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