Shopping for petite dresses?
We have researched hundreds of dresses from the best petite fashion influencers to find 9 best petite dresses. These dresses are guaranteed to flatter your petite frame!
In this post, we are focusing on slender petites. If you have a curvier build, check out our post: 9 Best Dresses for Curvy Petite Ladies.
For busy bees, here are the highlights.
We recommend 9 best petite dresses in 3 categories:
* Maxi Dresses for petites
* A-line dresses and Fit-n-flare dresses
* Dresses with petite flatter details
A sampler: The best Petite dresses
Petite Dresses Recommendation 1: The Slit Maxi dress
Christina is 5’2″.
Maxi dresses are classic. The one negative for these gorgeous dresses is they can easily overpower a petite frame.
For petite ladies, we recommend finding maxi dresses with a slit. The Slit Maxi dress creates the visual illusion of a higher hemline (“hemline” = where the dress ends). Showing a bit of leg helps to create a more balanced proportion, which makes you look taller.
Another key point for this style is your legs show through the slit as you walk. This adds a subtle sexiness when combined with the flowy fabric typically used for maxi dresses.
Maxi dresses with leg slits
Petite Dresses Recommendation 2: The One-Shoulder Maxi Dress
Elizabeth is 5’4″.
If you have broad shoulders, maxi dresses with one shoulder are especially flattering. One-Shoulder Maxi dresses are designed to draw attention to one side instead of giving both shoulders equal weight. By pulling the viewer’s focus, your shoulders will appear narrower.
One shoulder maxi dresses for petites
Petite Dresses Recommendation 3: The Printed Maxi Dress
Diana is 5’2″.
As a slender petite lady, you may want to add volume to areas of your body.
The Printed Maxi dress is ideal in this case. A repetitive print acts to visually expand your appearance.
Look for dark florals for Fall and light florals for Spring, Summer, and Winter!
Again, check out how sexy the slit is.
Gorgeous print maxi dresses for petites
Petite Dresses Recommendation 4: The Simple Fit-n-Flare dresses
Natalie is 5’1″.
The Simple Fit-n-Flare dresses are a solid choice for petite women. The flare on the dress is set right below the waistline. This adds a separate section to your lower body and hides how you carry weight.
In order to look taller, find a fit-n-flare dress that ends right above the knee. This creates a well-balanced look by proportionally breaking up your upper and lower body.
What makes this particular dress special is the scalloping detail along the chest. This is a great way to highlight your neckline!
More fit-n-flare dresses for petites
Petite Dresses Recommendation 5: The Lacy A-Line dresses
from Lace and Locks
Kim is 5’0″.
Similarly to fit-n-flare dresses, The A-Line dress flares out at the bottom. This style has a smaller flared angle in the skirt but they also camouflage your lower body shape.
An a-line dress is especially flattering for those with broad shoulders because the flared skirt balances your frame.
Lacy dresses are excellent for petite ladies because the short inner lining often becomes the de-facto hemline, whilst the longer lace overlay is see-through. This produces a very flattering look as it effectively balances out your body’s proportions.
More lacy A-line dresses for petites
Petite Dresses Recommendation 6: The pleated dresses
Alexandra is 5’2″.
The Pleated Style dress is elegant and playful. It has beautiful movement as you walk.
If you want to draw attention away from your shoulders, a pleated skirt will do the trick! The texture and the way a the pleated skirt moves are interesting enough to capture the attentions and imaginations of admirers.
Flattering petite dresses with pleated skirts
Petite Dresses Recommendation 7: The Drop Waist dresses
Cheryl is 5’2″.
The Drop Waist dresses have a lowered waistline that hit below the hips instead of at your true waist. This makes your torso appear longer, making you look leaner.
For extra fun, look for a drop waist dress with ruffled or bell sleeves! They’re fun and add an especially feminine touch.
Fun drop waist dresses for petites
Petite Dresses Recommendation 8: The Hi – Low dresses
Jessica is 5’2″.
Hi-Low dresses are petite ladies’ best friend. This style is short in the front and long in the back, creating the illusion of longer legs.
A black hi-low dress in fabric that holds its own shape is classic. You will shine at any black tie event.
Petite Dresses Recommendation 9: The Short Fringe Dresses
Olivia is 4’11”.
The Short Fringe dresses are flirtatious and fun.
Having fringe adds volume to your body every time you move. If you want a fuller bottom, find a dress with fringe detail at the bottom. If you want a fuller top, find a dress with fringe detail at the top.
Don’t take our word for it, try one for your next event. They are SO fun to dance in!
Here are a few shift dresses you may like:
Playfully affordable short fringe dresses
Find your perfect dress
Style is very personal and everyone’s body is different.
It would be impossible for us to recommend just a few dresses and expect that to work for everyone.
That’s exactly why we created our magazine. Customized recommendations for your height, size, and body type.
For a more personalized version of dress recommendations, check out our dress issue.
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Happy dress shopping!