A clever marriage of print, stripes and colours to cut and proportion creates petite dresses that flatter every time. From sassy cocktail dresses to pretty beach styles - these designs get it right.
Set trends with petite dresses
Dresses are the perfect day and evening style choice for petite women under 5' 3" as their top and bottom coordination adds instant height while flattering figures. Petite dresses with short or asymmetrical hemlines also add inches while structured designs with high waists accentuate and flatter silhouettes. Play with proportion by styling sleeveless coats over fitted shirt dresses, matching hemline lengths or choosing boxy blazers or a brightly coloured bolero to wear over softly draped jersey dresses. Keeping volume sleek works best for petite figures making body-skimming dresses with off-the-shoulder or cut-out details an ideal choice for cocktails and the perfect opportunity to boost inches with statement heels.
Petite dresses - a recipe for style
If you've fallen in love with maxi dresses then catwalk lengths that stop at the ankle are just perfect for petite dressing or play a clever trick and pick maxi petite dresses that have sheer skirts or hemline panels. Add length with shoulder-grazing earrings and swept up hair but keep evening clutch bags small to balance your height. We love clever style tweaks like high-waisted contrast bodices or crop peplum details that add chic to day dresses for summer weddings while silky strappy slip dresses in small allover prints work for holidays. Style them down for daytime fun with flip flops or flat sandals then add leg-lengthening wow for evenings with wedge women's espadrilles in natural shades.