Is there anything worse than slipping on what appears to be the sweater of your dreams only to be enveloped by its giant sleeves and learn that the waistband reaches your knees? It's an all-too-familiar experience for petite people, especially at a time when oversized fashion — particularly sweaters — is de rigueur (thanks, Ariana Grande). Finding perfect-fitting petite sweaters can be a challenge. Are the children's sections at Zara and Target our only hope?! (The answer is no, but they're not bad places to look either.) Luckily, there are oodles of retailers that have heard our cries and have begun to design clothing — not just sweaters — for our shorter statures.
While it's always ideal to try a clothing item on before buying it, it's not always easy to find a wide selection of petite-friendly pieces in store. In fact, my favorite, best-fitting petite pieces have been online shopping discoveries, which isn't a surprise since many brands that offer petite sizing don't always have stock in their retail stores. Shopping online also allows you to try your purchases on in the comfort of your home with other pieces from your wardrobe so you can really determine whether it's something you'd actually wear and most importantly, actually fits you.
Here are 16 petite sweaters that'll keep you cozy this winter (without swallowing your body whole).