6 Petite Styles That Define & Elongate

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 petite dresses and jumpsuits for short women, along with some petite women’s fashion tips.

Check out some of the tried and true petite size silhouettes below and put together a wardrobe you love, without the frustration.


empire waist dress

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 very flattering for petite sizes.

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the Cassie dress

If you’re looking for the ideal work dress, look no further than Cassie. With an empire waist that accentuates the figure of petite size women, this floral dress is extremely figure flattering. For additional coverage, or to create a more professional look, add a women’s shrug and you’ll be ready to tackle the day ahead.


Fit & Flare dress

The fit-and-flare dresses are flattering on petite size frames because it showcases the smallest part of a woman’s figure 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.

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the Mary dress

Mary is cute, comfy and delivers two outfits in one: a shrug dress! A fit-and-flare floral dress with a sweetheart neckline, Mary's printed chiffon is fully lined. When worn with the color-matched knit women’s shrug, Mary is the ideal outfit for upcoming daytime special occasions and more conservative events. Mary is also a great option for work from home days where you want to get a little more dressed up. Remove the shrug, and you'll find that the shoulder straps are shirred for an extra touch of femininity.

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the Mary dress

Mary is cute, comfy and delivers two outfits in one: a shrug dress! A fit-and-flare floral dress with a sweetheart neckline, Mary's printed chiffon is fully lined. When worn with the color-matched knit women’s shrug, Mary is the ideal outfit for upcoming daytime special occasions and more conservative events. Mary is also a great option for work from home days where you want to get a little more dressed up. Remove the shrug, and you'll find that the shoulder straps are shirred for an extra touch of femininity.


floor-length dress

One of the key factors in styling outfits for petite sizes is creating length.Petite size dresses with a continuous color or small, subtle print do just that. Floor length dresses that are a bit more form fitting,, are perfect for elongating a petite frame and making short women look taller.

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the lisa dress

The Lisa floor length dress is great for petite size women because its empire, faux wrap waist and long length adds visual length to your legs. As an added feature, the tulip hem shows off more leg than a traditional floor length dress for 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 upcoming formal affairs.


Form-fitting Knee-length Dress

Form fitting, knee length dresses define your waistline and accentuate your curves. This can be a hard look to achieve for petite size women. But the form fitting dress silhouette makes it an easy look to pull off. Not to mention, the length is figure flattering for short women since it shows some extra leg, adding visual length.

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the lisa dress

This Lisa sleeveless dress is one of our favorites. Lisa is our tried-and-true silhouette. A dress that looks amazing on women of all shapes and sizes, the faux wrap detail at the waist creates definition for a classic, figure flattering silhouette. Featuring a V-cutout and metal bar at the neckline for added flair, Lisa is knee length and has quite a bit of stretch in the fabric . This particular version of Lisa is perfect for a date night at home and a special occasion dress for events in the future.

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the lisa dress

This Lisa sleeveless dress is one of our favorites. Lisa is our tried-and-true silhouette. A dress that looks amazing on women of all shapes and sizes, the faux wrap detail at the waist creates definition for a classic, figure flattering silhouette. Featuring a V-cutout and metal bar at the neckline for added flair, Lisa is knee length and has quite a bit of stretch in the fabric . This particular version of Lisa is perfect for a date night at home and a special occasion dress for events in the future.


wide-Jumpsuit

A solid, women’s petite jumpsuit with a wide leg design is the perfect style jumpsuit for short women. The wide legs elongate the body and the continuous color creates even more of an illusion of height.

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The Sara Jumpsuit

Sara is a timeless jumpsuit that you can wear for many seasons to come. A chiffon cross body ruffle is figure flattering and adds dimension and movement, taking this jumpsuit to the next level of sophistication. With the perfect pair of heels, dangling earrings, you’ll be all set with an evening jumpsuit for date night at home. Later, you can wear Sara for upscale dinners and a night of cocktails. For the bride, this particular version of Sara is also the perfect petite jumpsuit for to wear for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or for a quick change during their wedding reception.


sheath dress

Sheath dresses are one of the top dress styles for petite size women, because they create a straight line, which gives the illusion of an elongated body. They're versatile and figure flattering, gently hugging your curves without being too tight. For the most slimming look, choose a knee length sheath dress.

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the Nora dress

Nora is your new favorite day to night dress. This classic sheath dress features short sleeves and faux pockets for added flair and dimension. The stretch tweed fabric adds texture. Nora is the perfect work dress to wear at home now and later, you can pair Nora with strappy heels and dangling earrings for a dinner out with friends.

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the Nora dress

Nora is your new favorite day to night dress. This classic sheath dress features short sleeves and faux pockets for added flair and dimension. The stretch tweed fabric adds texture. Nora is the perfect work dress to wear at home now and later, you can pair Nora with strappy heels and dangling earrings for a dinner out with friends.


Check out some of the tried and true petite size silhouettes below and put together a wardrobe you love, without the frustration.

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