Try ons: Banana Republic Petite Fall Jackets

petite camel faux fur bomber jacket banana republic

Banana Republic faux fur jacket xs petite (also in shearling), Everlane jeans 24 ankle (hems cut; reviewed here), Treasure & Bond booties 5.5 (reviewed here)

Banana Republic did a stellar job earlier this year with petite-friendly maxi dresses, and again this time around with fall jackets. While in store I couldn’t stop petting the faux fur pieces, which are delightfully plush and soft this year like on this bomber! For fit reference, unless otherwise mentioned I’m trying on XS petite (1 size up from my usual) in this post since that’s all I could find in some of these styles. I was wearing an oversized dolman sweater while in store so please excuse the marshmallow effect under some of these jackets!

As booties go hand in hand with fall jackets, I also wanted to mention a big sale at Nordstrom with lots of booties in smaller sizes! The best way to shop this sale is by filtering for your size and budget on the left. All of the below are on sale and available in sizes 5 and up!

1. Plaid Midi Coat – if you missed out on my Topshop coat from years past, this one is a little better quality, thicker, and longer in length. It felt a little too long for my personal liking, but someone with a more streetwear style can easily pull this off. This coat has an overall slim, tailored fit that is true to size, and currently has rave reviews (save for one person who gave it 1 star b/c it didn’t arrive with a hanger…).

womens long plaid top coat in petite

2. Shorter faux fur jacket (several colors in regular sizing) – Oh my word, this one feels SO nice and plush. And if you take regular sizing, there are some stunning colors including a jewel-toned green (swooned over it in-person) and ivory, but sadly only blue for petites. I’ll also be showing this cropped faux fur jacket from Express soon, but note the BR ones are thicker in comparison so it depends on what you’re looking for.

navy faux fur bomber for petite women

3. Longer collarless faux fur jacket
Same plush material as the above in a longer length that flatters elegant holiday dresses and skirts, as well as slim bottoms like leather pants or skinny jeans. I would’ve loved it if BR combined this with the jacket above into one longer jacket with a lapel collar!

black faux fur coat banana republic petite

4. Colorblocked cardigan sweater – not a jacket, but I just loved the neutral colors in this color-blocked cardigan. It’s a nice thicker weight sweater with pockets and fits TTS, but I didn’t find the material to be as soft and cozy as I hoped.

petite color block long cardigan banana republic

Banana Republic sweater xxs petite + leopard pumps 5 (similar), Everlane jeans 24 ankle

5. Camel faux fur bomber – Another incredibly plush faux fur jacket option, in a true camel color with pockets. Very cozy especially with the thick knit ribbing at the sleeves and bottom. Although I’m trying on 1 size up from my usual, I would actually stick with this size in order to layer a thick sweater comfortably underneath.

affordable camel faux fur bomber from banana republic

6. Sherpa bomber (black & ivory) – same jacket as above but in a thick vegan sherpa material.

banana republic sherling bomber

Shearling bomber xs petite

7. Leopard print top coat – Looking beyond all the lumps from my oversized sweater, this is actually a beautiful, tailored topcoat in a darker animal print that isn’t too “loud.” The material has a soft, slightly brushed finish. I mentioned this jacket earlier this year and how it’d be the perfect accent piece if you wear a lot of black!

banana republic petite leopard coat

8. Wool Gray Melton Coat – this one has great reviews but to be honest it was my least favorite out of the try-ons. As a wool coat lover, I’ve met better options at this price point! There isn’t anything wrong with it per se but it just didn’t feel expensive or flattering. Material was on the thinner side, and I’m not a big fan of the exposed top stitching along the lapel and down the front.

gray wool winter coat for petite sizes

Wool Gray Melton Coat xs petite, Prada Cahier bag (similar)

Which was your favorite from this try-on? : )

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  1. Karishma wrote:

    Hi Jean-

    Have you tried avec les filles jackets? I noticed they go down to xxs so was wondering if you had thoughts about the fit.

    Posted 11.17.19 Reply
  2. Heidi wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    All the coats look good on you! Can you share with me where you take your coats for alterations? I live in Boston and I have the problem where the sleeves are a tad long sometimes! I haven’t found an alteration place that I really like.

    Posted 11.16.19 Reply
  3. I love Banana Republic’s coat collection – they’re always so classy yet functional! <3 🙂 Love all of your picks, Jean!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 11.15.19 Reply
  4. susan r rawls wrote:

    These are all great looking coats! But, I have to say that
    # 3 (Longer collarless faux fur jacket) was my favorite 🙂

    Posted 11.15.19 Reply
  5. Angelica wrote:

    Ahh these all look so great on you!

    XX Angelica

    Posted 11.15.19 Reply
  6. I am in love with that short blue faux fur. And the leopard looks just like a Topshop one I snagged online in petite last year. I may like this one slightly more but can’t justify getting it :))

    Posted 11.15.19 Reply
  7. Love these jackets, Jean! They all look great!

    I hope you have a great Friday!

    Posted 11.15.19 Reply
  8. Janine wrote:

    Super pretty jackets! I very much like that first coat, the plaid one which is a bit longer – would love to wear and style that one!

    Posted 11.15.19 Reply
  9. Mireia wrote:

    The long coat is definitely my favourite!

    Mireia from TGL

    Posted 11.15.19 Reply
  10. I think #3 looks great on you. I am loving navy right now!

    Posted 11.15.19 Reply
  11. Kathy wrote:

    Hi Jean! Thanks for this very informative post. I love the plaid midi coat, just wish it were a little more fitted and sightly shorter. Like you I’m a very petite woman (5’2” 96lbs) and it is so hard to find a coat that doesn’t swallow me up! I noticed that this season Abercrombie has a really good selection of outerwear, would love to see a review since a lot of their styles are petite friendly😊

    Posted 11.14.19 Reply
    • Crystal Abbey wrote:

      Yes! I totally agree with the Abercrombie try on. There’s a dad wool coat that I can seem to pull the trigger on and I’ve been hunting high and low for a petite friendly camel wool coat that’s not overly pricey.

      Posted 11.15.19 Reply
      • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

        I’m on the same hunt for you guys for the ever elusive petite friendly camel coat! Abercrombie is indeed great but I’d love it if they made more small petite sizes – they’re always the first to go. My size sold out in the Dad coat otherwise I would’ve ordered for a try on, but I’ve scoured the reviews and it seems to be a straighter cut fit and lighter in weight.

        Posted 11.15.19 Reply

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