Outerwear for every shape

Oct 27, 2009 at 7:35 p.m. ET

Cooler temps are here to stay, so how do you bundle up without bulking up? Here, we offer some tips on how to select the most flattering cool-weather clothes for every shape.

Gap ruffle-trimmed military jacket

SHAPE: Petite

Style: If you are petite, avoid buying large items that will swallow you up. Fitted clothing, such as this Gap ruffle-trimmed military jacket, $98, is best for a petite figure. Dark colors can elongate the figure, so chose black, navy blue or sultry plum. To further add the illusion of height, choose a jacket with vertical lines in the cut of the garment such as a jacket with long lapels. We love this Tahari Lola notched collar walking coat, $218 at Nordstrom.

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