Petite Lookbook: Little Red Jacket

For those of you who have an H&M; nearby, I can’t recommend this sweatshirt-peacoat enough. It’s affordable, well-constructed, warm, and runs small…what more can I ask for? It also comes in three colors, so if tomato red isn’t for you, try hunting down one in black, or my favorite – heather gray.


Jacket: H&M; sz 2, fits like 00P
Jeans: H&M; kids “super sqin” sz 11/12
Ankle booties: Target Mossimo sz 5.5 (were just $7!)


Continue reading for my review…


Fit: A womens sz 2 fits just like a 00P, and I throw in the “P” because the sleeves are the right length for my short arms. Although “puffed,” the shoulder detail does not overwhelm a small frame. A size 2 is snug on me when buttoned up.

For reference, I know a lot of petite bloggers modeled the Urban Outfitters peplum jacket in sz XS. Here’s how the two jackets compare when buttoned up. The H&M; one is much thicker and structured:

Affordability: Quite affordable at $35. I tried on some ill-fitting 100% poly blouses that cost more than that.

Quality: For the price, the quality exceeds my expectations. Outer is a comfy sweatshirt-like material made of 65% cotton and 35% polyester, and the jacket is fully lined in a boldly striped material. There are flap details at each sleeve cuff and nice contoured seams along the back.

The buttons are sewn on firmly and shockingly do not look cheap. My biggest qualm with places like H&M; are their cheap-looking buttons, but I was quite thrown off by these nice pewter-colored buttons.

Verdict: This jacket is a keeper for me, but I can’t decide whether to keep the bright tomato red or continue searching for the safe heather gray!


In these photos, I’m testing out my Revlon falsies in #99503 “Flirty” gifted by Diane : ) Thanks so much, Diane! These have adhesive strips instead glue, which were very easy to apply. The lashes were so soft and fluttery, but the adhesive strip lost sticky power the second time around. I wonder if I can apply regular lash glue to these too?

Readers – will any of you be picking up this little jacket?

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  1. On my very last call to the last, farthest, & 4th H&M; store in the San Diego County, I finally found it! Red sz 2. Happy as a clam!

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  2. hugstiem wrote:

    This jacket looks so great on you! I personally have a rough time dealing with pea coat styles though, 'cause they look so awkward when unbuttoned or partially buttoned.

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  3. Nelah wrote:

    Red is a great color, jazz up dark and dull winter days. Would look good with a belt too.

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  4. Jenn Chase wrote:

    I would love this in heather gray…and I might be able to afford it!

    I love the red on you. 🙂

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  5. Ping wrote:

    love the jacket on you and what a great fit. you look gorgeous and the red is a keeper!

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  6. R.L. wrote:

    P.S. How were you able to score such an incredible deal on your Target boots? Did you buy it in-store?

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  7. R.L. wrote:

    I really wanted to buy the same coat at H&M; this weekend but they only had size 6 available. I love the fit and color on you and encourage you to keep it! I am actually eying J. Crew's Stadium Cloth Peacoat in "baked squash." But I'd prefer a red blazer/sweater rather than a full on coat. I'm glad to hear that it's going to be re-stocked. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can snag a size 2 in red!

    Those H&M; jeans and ankle boots are too die for as well!

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  8. Callandra wrote:

    What an amazing fit! I sure wish we had a H&M; around here!!

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  9. Yvette wrote:

    I've always loved H&M; for their 'honest' sizing. I picked up a cropped, hooded trench this past weekend in a size 6 which fit me absolutely perfectly…the sleeves, the shoulders, the waist, everywhere.

    Your peacoat really suits you, especially in that color. Keep it! Don't you think it's nice to be able to buy a 2 at H&M; rather than fuss with 0, 00, and 000 elsewhere? I once bought a skirt from J.Crew and it was 0…I remember wondering what truly small women were going to wear; my waist is 26"!

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  10. April wrote:

    I will definitely GET this coat! You are amazing! I love all your clothes!

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  11. Jujuwa514 wrote:

    Oh definitely keep the red! It looks stunning on you! I believe every woman needs a bold red jacket in their wardrobe!

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  12. Vicky wrote:

    Completely taken by your whole outfit. You know what my vote would be. Keep the red! I went to H&M; to hunt down this jacket on Monday but no luck. The smallest size they have was 4, which looked to wide for me. The kids'jeans in 11/12 were too tight for me. Hehe, surprise! But when I went up a size it was too long. Also I'm not impressed about the stitching. I know I'm asking too much for a $16 pair of jeans, but I'm a stitching fanatic, just like you are a fit fanatic.

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  13. Tara wrote:

    Love the whole outfit!

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  14. Irene wrote:

    I totally love the red on you! What a lovely fall piece…you constantly make me wish that I had an H&M; within 1000 miles of me!!! 🙂 I can't believe the STEAL on the Target Booties – I wish shoes came in a size 5 since I can rarely go up even a half…*sigh*

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  15. CynthiaC wrote:

    Thanks for the suggestion! I've been looking for a short coat to wear for fall/early winter, and this might very well be it! Not sure if I'll go for the red, though…

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  16. The jacket looks amazing on you. I will say, red is an amazing color on girls with light skin and dark hair (that's me too!), so most of my favorite jackets are that color. Beware, I often get honked at/whistled at when wearing red. Seriously…it's only when I'm wearing red. And…you look gorgeous, so watch out!

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  17. Javacurls wrote:

    What a great find! The jacket looks beautiful on you. I'd definitely keep the red especially since I'm surrounded by people who are loyal to black, brown, or gray so red is a nice change. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. omg!! super cute jacket? but sadly we don't have H&M; in Utah.

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  19. Angie wrote:

    this does look so warm! i love h&m; jackets. stick with the red! you're too darn gorgeous to not wear bold colours to draw attention on the street haha!

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  20. Be DARING! keep the red!

    I have my H&M; page on Denmark so I can peruse through stock to see what they're offering. I did not see this jacket.

    I appreciate the comparison btw that and the UO's jacket. I'm definitely going to get this in RED. calling my H&M; 1st thing in the morning!!!

    Great find! Thanks for telling us about it.

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  21. wrote:

    I knew this was going to be a good peacoat! I tried on the heather gray when it came out a few weeks back.

    Immediately I noticed how it fit better than other H&M; items because of the shorter length, but I set it down because it was fleece. I was looking for a wool pea coat at the time.

    My mom (who rarely comments on my "boring" clothes) even told me it fit well! Darn…

    I do remember the chest being snug. That's the problem I have with most outerwear.

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  22. DSK Steph! wrote:

    Your new jacket is such a great find! I love how you're transitioning us to Autumn 😀

    I'm catching up on the last few posts I've missed!

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  23. kali wrote:

    I have a red peacoat from GAP that I bought last Winter. This is WAY more affordable!! ..Sort of wish I waited (I rarely wear it.)

    Also, you said it's "sweatshirt" material. How does it feel? I'm so weary of any outer wear from Forever 21, H&M;, etc. because you so often get really icky feeling material.. come on, WHO wants to wear felt?!

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  24. I've been on a hunt for red peacoat and almost gave up! I saw one from Wet Seal a couple years ago but that wasn't very good material and they didn't have the right size for me. I saw one from Forever21 last year but the quality sucked. H&M; never fails me with prices and quality; love that store! I have a bigger bust now (I'm 5'2") so I don't know if the puff shoulder would look good on me. Maybe I'll find it and find out for myself c[=

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  25. MoneyMaus wrote:

    Very cute! Love the color. I didn't notice it while I was H&M; this weekend, darn! I say keep the red and maybe go find the grey, too?? 🙂

    And I've been DYING for some booties, so thank you for letting me know about the ones at Target! Yay!

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  26. YES I would purchase this if I see it!!! It looks fabulous on you, like all things do! :p I think you should keep the red 🙂 It's a really nice color that you can take out in the most trying of winters! :p Wow, and Target boots for $7! Awesome!! 🙂

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  27. J wrote:

    This jacket fits you so well! Love what you're wearing with it.

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  28. Oh H&M; is perfect for you. The sizes run small. The coat looks so good on you!

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  29. This looks amazing on you!! Keep the red! If you really liked the grey one, buy another. 😉 haha I was at H&M; today and didn't see it, but I'm currently looking for a long wool coat anyway! If I wasn't, I'd probably be looking into this one.

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  30. D wrote:

    I am glad you got the chance to try the lashes out. I personally take the glue that came with it off and then add my own glue because it's so thick! By the way, today's my day off so I am gonna go hunt this down, take pics with it and blog about it! I can never find anything at F21 but I always find something of better quality at H&M.; I wish they had a Zara where I live.. I've been looking for a blazer like crazy! I think I bought the black version of the $30 nude one you had in the post "Outfit that never made it." I am not so sure it fits nicely like you said.. so I'm gonna go try the 2 again at the store since I bought the 4. I'm not sure how the arms should fit because I don't want my arms bulging out either. At times like these, having a person who is strict with fitting would be great!

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  31. vocalise wrote:

    Gee, I think I'm going to have to make a trip to H&M; tomorrow… 😀 It looks absolutely gorgeous on you!!

    Those booties also look fantastic! and so cheap too!

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  32. Thanks guys so much for your kind comments. I guess I will definitely be keeping the red, but I like PetiteXXS's suggestion, lol! If I find the heather gray I probably won't be able to pass it up, and then the red will be up for sale on the good ole blogsale.

    mmmags and Alyssamae – ah you guys each have the black and the gray! Together we have the whole set. I definitely wouldn't mind a second color in this.

    D – curvy hips, I say this is a yes. You have a small waist and the jacket won't really restrict the hips : )

    Michelle- I dread crowded H&M;'s too. When I want something though I call persistently (I described this as a "sweatshirt-material jacket that looks like a peacoat, comes in black red and gray and they instantly knew what I meant) and have them just put it on hold. That way, no digging…in and out of the store in minutes : )

    thoshebebutlittle , Cari, and stylishlypetite- aww, hope it opens soon! I really wish they would go nation-wide. I know I have petite friends in Texas who've never heard of H&M; and they are missing out!

    Cee- I think I know which jacket you're talking about. I may have tried it on, and remember the sleeves being much too long!

    Bella – is it the same jacket, or do they have a peacoat-esque sweater too? If so I just may have to check it out!

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  33. Very cute! I like the red on you. If you already have another heather gray jacket, I say keep this one.

    Portland (OR) is getting an H&M; this fall, but I've yet to hear when opening day is.

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  34. chung wrote:

    The red looks good, really good.I would keep the red because it's much harder to find a bold coloured jacket that looks good than a safe neutral colour so once you find one you should hang onto it!

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  35. Thank you for commenting on my blog =) To answer your question, I'm 5'2! I wear a size 6 1/2 shoe, and have a hard time finding clothes that aren't too long on my arms and legs. I am 110 lbs and slightly curvy on the bottom, so that presents other problems sometimes!

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  36. D wrote:

    Jean. I wonder how this will do on my curvy hips. My instincts are telling me No, what do you think?

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  37. Alyssamae. wrote:

    I have it in black, and when I purchased it- I didn't spot it in Red or Gray, so I might have to make another run for the other two! It looks so great on u!!!! Boo for my broad shoulders! 🙁 But I still love the jacket 😉

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  38. Hanna wrote:

    I'm in love with the fit and the bold shoulder puff! SO CUTE. I'm usually a size 4 when it comes to H&M; and a 0p so I probably will size up.

    Cute bargain shoes by the way!

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  39. Elle wrote:

    The tomato red looks great against your skin tone. I think it's a great color for the fall…if I recall you already have a gray leather jacket that serves a similar purpose. I'd say keep the red.

    I'll be ducking into my local H&M; and trying this on, the puff sleeves are so adorable. Thanks for the review.

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  40. mmmmmags` wrote:

    I actually picked this up in grey last week! Super happy with the fit =)

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  41. Super cute! I love the red, but you know me and red. Hmm…I might have to hunt this one down. Great find!

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  42. Bella wrote:

    OMG! I went to H&M; this weekend and saw this peacoat-looking sweater ~ tried on the black one and totally loved it~ but since it was a bigger than me (size 6), I got the gray one instead in size 2. I totally love this jacket~ so warm and definitely fits me very well. 🙂

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  43. PetiteXXS wrote:

    Wow I know you said it runs small but didn't realize that it approaches the size of the knit UO blazer! Weather in SoCal usually doesn't necessitate thicker jackets but I might have to go look for this one at my H&M.; I think if you already have a lot of gray jackets, then the 'vibrant' tomato red would be a nice change… or get both! Lol… only $35 after all. With your booming blog sale business, I'm sure another petite will take it off your hands in seconds if you change your mind 😉

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  44. Michelle wrote:

    My jaw dropped when I saw the jacket! That red is gorgeous on you! Keep the red! 🙂 I am usually a sucker for anything gray, but that red is so pretty!!

    I will try to get myself to the mall this weekend to search for the jacket. I have very little patience for the H&M; at my mall…so many people…ack! I will make an attempt to get there right when it opens. 🙂

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  45. Cee wrote:

    I was just at H&M; on Sunday! Don't know how I missed this jacket -_- I'll have to make another trip back soon. I think the red looks great — it'll definitely stand out amongst all those winter outfits.

    American Eagle actually had something similar in navy blue last year that I missed out on (waited for it to go on sale, but then of course my size sold out). I've been waiting for something similar since. I'm so glad to see your review!

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  46. Dang! I wish I had an H & M near me. The only time I can shop there is when I travel. That is the first thing I look for when I have to go out of town. If they would only come to the South..:(

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  47. Cher wrote:

    Love the red on you! Oddly enough, I actually prefer the quality of H&M; jackets over Zara. I love the look of Zara coats…from far away. Very classic and minimalist but when you get up close, the buttons are already falling off and the material they use is just awful. Although H&M; jackets aren't the best, I would almost always choose it over Zara.

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  48. Cari wrote:

    What a perfect fit! Stick with the tomato; it's such a great color for fall and looks awesome with your hair color! Can't wait for H&M; to finally open their online store so I can join the party too; "coming soon" is such a tease!

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  49. This jacket looks super adorable on you. It looks 10 times better than the twitter pic the other day. This jacket looks kind of orangy in the twitpic. In this post, the color is so cute. I would keep this tomato red instead of hunting for the heather gray. I love this jacket especially the length of the sleeves. Fits you prefectly!

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  50. This looks beautiful on you! I'm in love with H&M;, so i'll keep my eye out for this! I like you in red…but heather grey sounds wonderful too. Either way, the fit is amazing so you can't go wrong. I think fit is everything when you're petite like we are.

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