Curvy? Petite? Want figure flattering dresses?
In this posts, we recommend 9 best dresses for curvy petites and explain why.
For busy bees, here are the highlights. But there are so much more in the sections below. You don’t want to miss out. 🙂
9 best dresses for curvy petites
You are curvy. That’s beautiful.
Chances are you fall into one of these four body types:
* Full Hourglass
You can take a quiz to discover where your body type fits, but let’s face it – everyone is unique. The line between body types is a blur!
Luckily, we have done the work for you.
Instead of talking about THE dress for ONE particular body type, read below to see the 9 best dresses for curvy petite ladies that create the perfect IMAGE you want.
The secret to looking taller
Before we start, we would love to let you in on a little secret.
After researching thousands of influencer photos, we discovered something wonderful:
Creating the perfect proportion is what makes you look taller.
Finding dresses that define your waistline and hit you at the right hem line is the key.
Let us explain.
Dress 1: The Simple Fit-n-Flare
Sarah is 5’5″.
Fit-n-Flare dresses gather above the waistline and flare out right below the waistline.
They are ideal for gals who want to camouflage large hips and thighs.
These areas are cleverly hidden under the angled skirt in such a way that no one will know how you carry weight.
To look taller, look for one that hits right above the knee.
This creates beautiful proportion between your upper body and lower body, leading to a well-balanced look.
We know this white dress may not be the right color if you are staying somewhere cold. But it will be perfect if you go on vacation to somewhere warm.
Here are a few simple fit-n-flare dress you may like.
5 simple fit-n-flare dresses
Dress 2: The Lacey A-line
Lizzie is 4’11”.
Just like the Fit-n-Flare dress, A-line dresses flow out below the waistline. They have a slightly smaller angle than Fit-n-Flare style.
A lace dress is feminine and sweet.
Mix lace with an A-line silhouette and you have the perfect dress for any romantic occasion.
The position of the waistline and where the dress ends helps to elongate the body.
Here are a few lacey A-line dresses you may like.
14 a line lace dress for curvy petites
Dress 3: The Hi-Low
Jenny is 5’3″.
Hi-low dresses are short in the front and long in the back. The extra flash of legs in the front creates a balanced effect so that the length of the high back doesn’t overpower your petite frame.
Pro tip: use a belt to define your waist to create a proportion similar to an A-line dress.
Here are a few hi-lo dresses you may like.
4 hi-lo dresses for curvy petites
Dress 4: The Cinched Wrap
Kristin is 5’2″.
Wrap dresses are ideal for those who want to highlight their beautiful curves. The dress pulled together at the center creates a defined waistline.
This is a magical trick that is important to remember! You can create a balanced proportion by defining your waistline with almost all dress styles.
More reasons we love this dress:
* Deep V – Accentuates your neck, making you look taller. It draws attention to your neckline and chest.
* Slit front – Elongates your legs, making you look taller. Showing a little skin is always sexy!
5 cinched wrap dresses with slit for curvy petites
If you are uncomfortable with slit, here are alternative options:
9 cinched wrap dresses without slit for curvy petites
Dress 5: The Ruffled Wrap
Paulina is 5’2″.
If you want to add some emphasize to your bust, choose a dress that has ruffles. This Ruffled Wrap dress has fun details that add volume to your chest and evens the symmetry of your hips.
The ties, just like the cinches in the previous dress, define your waistline and create a perfect proportion.
Here are a few wrap dresses you may like:
11 wrap dresses with ruffle details for curvy petites
Dress 6: The Tied Wrap
If you want to avoid drawing attention to your upper body, try a simpler version of the Wrap dress without ruffles.
A casual tie at the waistline helps to create a beautiful shape.
Here are a few simple wrap dresses you may like:
10 simple wrap dresses for curvy petites
Dress 7: The Simple Sheath Dress
Maia is 4’10”.
Proud of your curves and want to show them off?
Meet your new best friend: the Sheath dress.
These form-fitting dresses hug your curves, creating a smooth silhouette.
To highlight your waist, choose one with a band.
Here are a few sheath dresses you may like:
6 simple sheath dresses for curvy petites
Dress 8: The Printed/Embellished Sheath Dress
Sarah is 5’2″.
If you want to draw attention to your upper body, choose a Sheath dress with prints or another form of embellishment on the top half. They also divert the attention from your lower half.
Choose one with a belt to further define your waist and look taller.
Here are a few printed/embelisshed sheath dresses you may like:
4 embellished sheath dresses for curvy petites
Dress 9: The Shift Dress
Emily is 5’2″.
For days you want to conceal your curves, try shift dresses. The one pictured has fabric that holds its own structure, which is excellent in camouflaging your figure.
Shift dresses have a more relaxed fit. They’re very comfortable and great for everyday attire. Find one that hits right above the knees to create the perfect proportion and instantly look taller.
Here are a few shift dresses you may like:
3 simple shift dresses for curvy petites
Find your perfect dress
Everyone is unique.
Being petite, you can still rock the world. But first, let’s look the part.
Finding a dress with the right proportion, you will instantly look taller.
With the right design detail to highlight your best features, we hope your confidence roars.
Style is very personal and everyone’s body is unique. It’s impossible to recommend 9 dresses and expect them to work for everyone.
That’s exactly why we created our magazine. Personalized for your height, size and body type.
For a more personalized version of dress recommendations, check out our dress issue.
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