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Petite women come in all shapes and sizes which can make finding the best dresses for petites a challenge. Petites by definition are women who are 5’4” or under but that doesn’t necessarily mean short and slim.   The key is to find dresses that complement your shape and accentuate your curves. 

We’ve found the best dresses for petites so all you need to do is choose the one that makes you feel great!


Shift Dresses To Balance Proportions

A shift dress like the Seamed French Terry Dress from Johnston & Murphy is a good choice because it is balances proportions and is comfortable at the same time. 

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The Perforated Dress from Johnston & Murphy is another option that accomplishes the same goal and comes in a fresh ivory color perfect for warm weather. 

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The Elsie Lavender Dress from Nectar Clothing has front pockets and self tying sleeves at the shoulder making it a simple, timeless addition to any wardrobe. 

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Shirt Dresses To Highlight Shape

When you’re looking for the best dresses for petites don’t overlook the shirt dresses. The Robertson Knot Sisters Dress from Ashbury Skies is a nice choice if you have some curves you want to highlight with the belted waist. 

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The Loxley Dress from Nectar Clothing has a fresh vertical stripe that will provide the illusion of length even when you’re small. 

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A classic Denim Dress like the one found at Johnston & Murphy will become a favorite with it’s soft denim and practical pockets. 

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Create Length With The Maxi Dress

If you like maxi dresses you can still wear them, but aim to find ones that don’t have a lot of volume on the bottom.  Think fun and sleek like the Ecstatic Harmony White Floral Print Maxi Dress.  

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If you have a small waist try the warm weather Fashion Boho Halter Multi Color Dress, both from Chicnico.

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Monochromatic Dresses

When you’re looking for the best dresses for petites, monochromatic dresses are your friend as they’ll help you appear taller.  The Mara Heartloom Dress from Ashbury Skies comes in white or a lovely summer blue. 

best dresses for petitesAnother sleek option is the One Teaspoon Freelove Casual Slip Dress from Cupshe.  Available in 3 colors, this casual dress is easy to slip on and will give you that lean look. 

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Choosing the best dresses for petites is a matter of preference.  You’ll know when you’ve found the right dress (or dresses!) because you’ll feel amazing wearing it!