When it comes to summer attire, I only want to wear pretty dresses. All day, EVERY DAY. They’re an instant outfit, they keep you cool when it’s hot out, and they’re fun to wear. Anyone else love a good twirl moment?! That being said, it can be hard to find the perfect summer dress when you’re petite, since petites often fall outside the standard length of dresses. How many time have you purchased a dress that looks cute on the model and ridiculous on you? Hey maxi dresses, I’m talking about you.
But if there’s one thing I’m good at finding, it’s dresses. Whether they come in a petite size or not, I have gotten really good at finding dresses that will flatter girls who are under 5’4″ – like me! So here are a few of my favorites, plus a ton of other cute options at the very end!
Best Petite Summer Dresses
Every petite gal needs a smocked dress in her closet this summer – and this one is super cute and affordable! I’ve seriously been wearing it nonstop because it’s really lightweight for the hot temps, and I can dress is up with a block heel or just wear it with slides or sneakers around the neighborhood. This dress comes in petite sizing, but I got a regular size and the length is still great. Highly recommend!
Maxi dresses can be tough for petite gals, so petite sizing is the way to go! Loft, Asos, and Abercrombie all have a really great petite “sections”. I also really love looking for maxi dresses that were designed to hit just above the model’s ankle. I’ve found a few of my favorite maxi dresses this way, because cropped on a model means full length on me! This Yumi Kim maxi is a great example. I tried it on at a local boutique and it’s a perfect maxi length on me. Love when that happens!!
There is nothing better than a swing dress on a hot summer day, because it barely touches your body!! The only issue is that most swing dresses are so billowy that they look like shapeless bags on us petite gals. In my opinion, it’s best to look for a tiered style – and of course, petite sizing is always best. I got this one from Abercrombie and it is perfectly breezy without too much fabric.
This is one category where I don’t think you need to look for petite sizing. That can be SO limiting, especially when you’re searching for a special dress. I always try to find designers that have fit me well in the past, like Amanda Uprichard, Reformation, and Yumi Kim. From there, I’ll check to see where the dress hits on the model and try to imagine it just a few inches longer on me. If that still works, I’ll give it a try!
I am a BIG fan of midi dresses this year – and it helps that they’re everywhere! I usually thought that I needed to get midi dresses in petite sizing, but it turns out there are a lot of great options out there in regular sizing too. I wear this easy Amazon find all the time. I recently got this Everlane midi with a cutout back detail that is so fun. It’s great with heels or just nude sandals. I also wear this Amazon find all the time, and even though the dress below is a few years old, this new arrival looks SO similar!!