I gave up.
After months of hunting unsuccessfully for a new petite-friendly winter coat, I finally succumbed to the cold. It was minus-22 today, with a windchill of minus-27. And I just couldn’t take it anymore.
So I went into a nearby store, which sells outerwear by a range of Quebec designers, and bought a winter coat. A proper, down-filled, fur-lined parka that can stand up to these bitter Montreal temperatures.
It fits okay-ish… not great, but it was the least-worst option I could find. The sleeves are too long, but not by much. The waist is too long and bunches up when I sit down, but there’s a two-way zipper that helps with that. The length doesn’t drown me. It’ll do, I suppose.
Except for one minor problem: being able to see.
Yeah, that’s the big problem with regular sizes on petite frames: Everything is too long. In this case, the hood is made for a woman at least a half a foot taller than me, so on me, it basically just flops right down and covers my face.
And, the worst part is, that out of literally dozens of coats that I tried on over the past months, this one was the best-fitting one I could find.
To be fair, not everyone looks quite as ridiculous in their parkas as we petites do. Here’s the model in the same coat, from the website:
As per the manufacturer’s website, the “model is 5’8.5/173.5 cm and wearing a size XS.” Unfortunately we can’t all be so vertically blessed.
Considering how much a coat like this costs, it sucks that I am basically forced to settle for a poor fit. But such is life for petites. Nothing’s made for us.
Oh well. At least it’s warm.
Coat: Soia & Kyo “Chrissy” parka, size S, $595