Difference Between Petite & Regular Sized Wedding Dresses

By on April 13, 2016

Wedding Dresses For Petite Women

Soon wedding season will be in full swing, so we thought it’s a good time to answer this question for you. What is the difference between petites and regular size wedding dresses? 

Petite and Regular Sized Wedding Dresses

The quick answer to this question is the bodice and the length. The problem is standard sized women’s clothing is designed for a woman that is over 5’5″ tall and they use fit models that are generally 5’7″ or taller. That is why petite women have difficulty finding a wedding dress or any clothing that fits properly.

To boot when you are shopping for a wedding gown you are forced with the option of trying the gown on in standard sizes of 8-10, which is daunting to say the least. The alterations required for most gowns off the rack are quite expensive unless you are able to place your order with your measurements.

Generally petite clothes have a shorter sleeve, length, torso measurements and some petite women have narrower shoulders.  We know that it takes more than just hemming, or scaled down versions of misses styles for proper fitting clothing for a petite woman’s frame.

To achieve well-designed clothing that flatters a petite woman a designer must use fit models that are 5’5″ and shorter. This way they can achieve proper scale and fit.


Also, there are many ways a designer can give petites a longer, slimmer look. For example using monochromatic color schemes, delicate lace patterns, scaled down prints, smaller buttons, and trims. As you can see in the photo shown above with interior design star Vanessa Deleon who is (5’2″) she followed these simple strategies and looks absolutely fabulous on her special day!

The silver lining is that you can find gorgeous wedding dresses to fit your petite figure! By doing a little research and then you can have fun shopping for your perfect gown.  One of our recommendations is LightInTheBox they have fabulous made to order dresses and super reasonable prices with a great return policy.  Here are some of their fabulous wedding dress styles that will look great on petite women.

Wedding Dress Styles For Petite Women

Written by: Ann Lauren

Like it or Not, Share it on Facebook!

Get your free online issue of Bella Petite Magazine today to see what all the buzz is about! bit.ly/bellapetitemag

LIKE IT, OR NOT? Tell  us below. 



Join Bella Petite today and be part of the petite fashion and model movement. Bella Petite Magazine is Fashion, Entertainment and LifeStyle  for Women under 5’6″ Tall. “Petite is fit, curvy and plus-sized. Free to join us!

BELLA PETITE MAGAZINE Enter the Bella Petite Model Search. WIN a photo shoot in California and receive a fashionable editorial with tearsheets for your portfolio! Plus, you will have opportunities to appear in many modeling promotional campaigns.  Enter the ONLY model search in the world for petite women 5’5″ tall and under!

Get your free online issue of Bella Petite today to see what all the buzz is about! Printed editions are available for order at bit.ly/bellapetitemag


  1. Abby

    January 21, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Hi Bella Petite! I was just wondering about something regarding the Model Search form. I’m not a resident of the United States and the box where I have to fill up for a phone number, it would not fit my country & area code. It only allows 10 numbers whereas mine is 13. Am I not able to enter? I’d also like to say I love Bella Petite, I think you’re doing a marvellous job getting petite models out there!

    • bellapetite

      January 21, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Hi Abby, we have a different link for you to use if you are not in the United States. International entries may use this link to apply for the model search http://bellapetite.com/model-search-landing-page We look forward to having you participate. Have a fantastic day!

      • Abby

        January 21, 2015 at 2:19 am

        Thank you, Bella Petite! Keep up the awesome work!

  2. Jean

    January 21, 2015 at 7:00 am

    I’m 20 yrs old and I am very petite. I’m just 4′ 11″ and 114 lbs… I have a small phrame size pants 2 bra size 32A. my wedding is next year. And I’ve learnt that Korean style wedding dress is very good for extreme petite gal. this is really good advice thank you bella petite.

  3. Betty

    January 21, 2015 at 7:07 am

    I’m 5′ and I usually buy petite.Petite sizes are more proportional for those of us who are vertically challenged, so I would get the petite too. Your suggestions will help me to find the perfect wedding dress because I did not know how or what to look for to achieve perfect look for me. You are my favorite magazine. I really admire your accomplishments. You are a great role model Miss Ann! Thanks for creating Bella Petite you are so helpful 🙂

  4. Pingback: Flattering Wedding Dresses For Petite Women | Divine Carol

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *