Difference Between Petite & Regular Sized Wedding Dresses

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

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7 thoughts on “Difference Between Petite & Regular Sized Wedding Dresses”

  1. 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!

  2. 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. 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 🙂

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