Finding clothes that perfectly complement your body can be frustrating for many women. Since every woman has a different body shape and size than the next, one size and style certainly does not fit all!
In this style guide, we’re aiming to resolve some of the frustrations petite women experience. Our petite style guide highlights a few of the best dresses and outfits for petite women, along with some petite women’s fashion tips.
Check out some of the tried and true petite dress silhouettes below and put together a wardrobe you love, sans frustration.
1. Form Fitting Knee-Length Dress
Form-fitting knee-length dresses define your waist and accentuate your curves, which can be a hard look to achieve for petite women. But this dress silhouette makes it an easy look to pull off - and the length is figure flattering for small women since it shows some extra leg, adding visual length.
܀ We Recommend: The Lisa Dress ܀
The Lisa Floral Puff Print Petite Size Dress is one of our favorites. The Lisa is a tried-and-true silhouette that looks amazing on women of all shapes and sizes and is an especially fabulous option for petite women. Add a pair of heels and you’ll add even more length while also dressing up your look, whether for work or a dinner out.
2. Sheath Dress
Sheath dresses are one of the top dress styles for petite women because they create a straight line, which gives the illusion of an elongated body. They're versatile and flattering, gently hugging the figure without being too tight. For the most slimming look, choose a knee-length sheath dress.
܀ We Recommend: The Leanna Dress ܀
The Leanna Floral Print Dress boasts a gorgeous multi-colored floral print and has a soft textured fabric that feels fabulous on. Its sheath silhouette and cap sleeves look stunning on petite frames, making this a dress you’ll get plenty of use out of. Wear it on date night, to a brunch, for a casual special event or as a day-to-night option when you have somewhere to go after a day at the office.
3. Wide Leg Jumpsuit
A solid jumpsuit combined with a wide leg design is the perfect style jumpsuit for petite women. The wide legs elongate the body and the continuous color creates even more of an illusion of height.
܀ We Recommend: The Gloria Jumpsuit ܀
Show off some shoulder when you wear The Gloria Cold Shoulder Navy Jumpsuit, an elegant jumpsuit that’s ideal for special occasions and upscale evenings out, like a theater and dinner date. Made from stretch crepe scuba, this is the perfect alternative to a dress, providing a dressy look while giving you plenty of comfort and flexibility.
4. Figure Flattering Floor-Length Dress
One of the key factors in styling outfits for petite sizes is creating length, and outfits with a continuous color or small, subtle print do just that. Floor-length dresses that are a bit more form-fitting, and are either one solid color or feature a small print, are great at elongating a petite frame and making you look taller.
܀ We Recommend: The Floor-Length Lisa Dress ܀
The Lisa Eyelash Metallic Knit Floor-Length Dress is great for petite sizes because its empire waist, coupled with its long length, adds visual length to your legs, making you appear taller. As an added feature, the tulip hem shows off more leg than a traditional floor-length dress, adding an ever so subtle element of allure and sexiness. Add some jewelry, a set of open toe heels and a clutch and you have the ideal petite dress for formal affairs.
5. Fit & Flare Dress
The fit & flare silhouette is flattering on petite frames because it showcases the smallest part of the body without hugging the legs. This dress style does a beautiful job of adding imagination to how long your legs actually are, giving you a taller appearance.
܀ We Recommend: The Addie Dress ܀
The Addie Polka Dot Fit-and-Flare Petite Size Dress looks especially stunning on petite frames, thanks to the individual panels that are sewn together, providing a look that elongates the body. This dress is extremely versatile, being suitable for lunch with friends, date night and bridal and baby showers.
6. Dress with an Empire Waistline
Empire waist dresses have a high waistline, which is placed just below the bust line. Since this silhouette raises the waistline above your natural waist, it elongates the entire lower half of the body, which is flattering for petite sizes.
܀ We Recommend: The Cassie Dress ܀
If you’re looking for the ideal work dress, look no further than The Cassie Dress, with an empire waist that accentuates the figure of petite-framed women. For additional coverage, or to create a more professional look, add a women’s jacket or shrug and you’ll be ready to tackle the day ahead.