I am always trying to find sweater dresses for winter, specifically without wool. It was very exciting to find this dress, which is extremely soft and cozy (no wool). This dress is a wide straight fit, and not in petite sizing. It was meant to be midi to ankle length on for non-petites. Belting gives a tailored appearance by giving the waste definition, and also shortens the length, so hemming is not needed. For petites, a tailored fit is typically more flattering, which I why I belted it here.