I have a couple items of cropped outerwear (a boxy puffer vest and a cropped rain jacket, similar to COS item below but with a hood). But most is long (3/4 or duster length vests and coats). I notice that I find a long piece much more practical and versatile: it keeps me warmer and dryer, and best of all I can throw it on over any outfit without too much thought. Whereas the cropped outerwear requires a lot more styling, or else I look like a hot mess with layers sticking out everywhere, colors not matching, etc. I guess I prefer the more cohesive look that a longer outer piece provides.

But I know “the youth” are into the cropped styles! So obviously there are some tricks I don’t know. How do YOU prefer your outerwear length, forum?

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