As I strongly oppose bulky coats because they don’t give justice to petite frames, I have experimented over and over again as to how to achieve warmth in the dropping temperatures in New York City.
Layering is key in dressing for winter and it is also the solution to bulkiness that we petite women want and need to avoid :) Here are my suggestions:
1. Use shape wear or thermal wear as base, they trap air and give defined shape.
This thermal turtleneck is a basic winter garment. This is a good base layer as it maintains body's heat. Great layering piece without the bulk, and will serve as substitute for 2 or 3 layers of clothing. I usually wear shape wear (i.e. Spanx) under or a tight tank top to lock in more warmth and it works wonders!
2. Wear layers of thin knit fabrics on top so you won't bulk up- they are form fitting and warm.
Choose tops that are made of wool, flannel or tweed Mohair. On top of all my layers is this beautiful velvet jacket (red in picture, I prefer black as it goes with everything) It is still thin for me to put on a black coat on top, which I peel off when indoors. Curvy and sits close to the body, contouring the shoulders, bust and arms and defining the waist.
3. Wear with Thermal Bottom for more warmth and top off with tights with fleece lining inside.
This is thin enough to wear under tights and pants without a bulky feel, warm enough for a cold winter day. It also has the No Panty Line® seam that keeps this layer hidden underneath.