How To Dress: Dress Styles For Petite Women ‘Dresses For Short Women’

Five Top Petite Dress Styles


1. One of the most flattering dresses for petite women and our figure is the wrap dress as shown on petite celebrity Eva Longoria in coral. Wrap dresses are generally A-line or straight cut, which flatters your figure. This style is good for elongating your petite frame. The V-neckline and bell sleeves, or surplice styling make you look longer and sometimes leaner!


2. Another favorite petite dress style is the empire waist dress shown here to the left on a petite model. This is a wonderful style for the petite figure being that the waistline is cut just below the bustline, as opposed to the middle at the natural waistline. This particular cut makes your legs appear longer creating an elongated illusion, so a petite woman will look a bit taller!


3. The shirtdress is a casual and easy to wear work outfit and it should be at the knee of just above by no more than two inches like you see here on petite actress Vanessa Hudgens. Shirtdresses form vertical lines with the front buttons helping to elongate your frame, and shirtdresses have v-necklines, another style to visually add that longer and leaner look!


4. The petite sheath dress is a versatile and flattering style for petite women it can be worn to work or special occasions, which the gorgeous Michelle Williams does so wonderfully!  Make sure the dress fits well and it is not too tight. I highly recommend you wear spanx to help detract from figure flaws such as, a bulging tummy and butt/thighs to get the best look with this particular style. It’s also easy to disguise these flaws by adding a tailored jacket, making this combination a great ensemble!


5. The long column dress is a fantastic red carpet or special event style to wear. The petite fashionista Nicole Richie rocks this dress! For a more casual Spring or Summer look try the maxi dress. Be cautious of your hemlines with long dresses as you don’t want any drag. We petites appreciate the long vertical line of the column dress or maxi dress, because it makes us appear taller and slimmer! The long column dress style can sometimes show your figure flaws, so it is important to get the right body slimmer for your figure issues.


What is your favorite petite dress style? Tell us below.

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