Happy Friday, lovelies!
First off, thank you all SOOO much for the birthday wishes! You made my day 🙂 Today I’m sharing a few tips on how to find the best summer maxi dresses for petites!
Chicwish Dress c/o (different print here) | Bernardo Mules c/o (currently 30% off!) | Handbag (similar here) | Sequin Clip-on Earrings (obsessed with these!)
Everyone is always so surprised to find out that I’m quite petite, especially when we meet in person. I do look a bit taller in my photos because my husband is a camera magician and knows my best angles but truthfully, I’m only 4’11”. Like many body types, being petite makes it difficult to find clothing that fits correctly. For so long, I steered clear of maxi dresses because they would always end up puddled at my feet no matter how high my heel was and after a while, the alterations started to add up. The thing about maxi dresses is that they are incredibly flattering, especially for petites, since they lengthen and elongate. You just have to know what to look for and where to find them!
Through trial and error I’ve learned what to look for when it comes to maxi dresses to ensure that they will fit close to perfect without any alterations 🙂 My number one tip? Look for the length in the description. You don’t have t0 be restricted to items that are labeled petite. I usually stick to anything 52 inches under. This is the perfect length to wear with flats, sandals or a slight heel. Even a slightly shorter 48-50 inch hem elongates and looks incredibly flattering. The max length I wear is 54 inches (pictured above) and I always style with a 2-3 inch heel.
Keep in mind that not everything will be petite-friendly. My heart always breaks when I find a gorgeous maxi that is 60 inches long. 60 inches!! That’s taller than my whole body! Hemming is usually a good option is this case unless your beloved dress pick features a more intricate design with ruffles, frills, lace, etc… which mine usually does haha (but maybe that’s better for my wallet anyway lol)! Luckily, I don’t have this issue too much anymore since I’ve already done my research and tend to be a repeat shopper at the stores that do carry petite-friendly.
Where to Buy Maxi Dresses for Petites
- Asos (petite sizing available)
- Morning Lavender (petite sizing available)
Shop my Favorite Summer Maxi Dress for Petites
Where do you like to buy maxi dresses?
Looking for more tips? Check out 10 tips on how to wear maxi dresses for petites here!
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