Being petite, it has always been difficult to follow all the latest trends. My most recent dilemma has been the attempt to find a maxi dress that fits my smaller 5’ 3” frame. I know I am not the only person in the world that has this issue so below are a few things to be aware of while searching for that perfect maxi dress.
Being petite, I have to hem every pair of jeans and dress pants to fit, if the short length is not available. Having this issue, you can image how difficult it is to find the appropriate length on a longer dress. Maxi’s are usually cut extremely long and I end up stepping all over the dress while trying it on. When shopping for a maxi, take into consideration that the ideal length for a maxi dress for petites is between ankle level and slightly brushing the top portion of your foot. If the dress is styled longer, you will be picking up your dress or tripping over it all day.
FABRIC DESIGN & COLOR
It seems like being petite, you are destined to have a closet full of solid colors and no patterns. You don’t have to be boring. Patterns are your friend. Knowing what you can and cannot handle is the key to selecting the right color and pattern. Be weary of extra bold, large patterned dresses. Obviously, if you are self conscious of your height, solid or color blocking designs will be the most effective in elongating your body. A small chevron or geometrical patterned dress is a great way to add that preppy chic into your ward robe without looking like a distraction.
Being petite, also means you may not be well endowed on the upper portion of your body. Therefore, low cut v-necks and thin shoulder spaghetti strap necklines can create an unattractive look. Try finding a dress that provides a scoop, halter, tube top or pareo design. Depending on which style you like, make sure it elongates the upper portion of your body and creatively makes your look taller.
LET YOUR BODY DO THE TALKING, NOT THE DRESS
When you find that perfect maxi dress for your petite body, you will just know. Make sure it is in sync with your natural curves and accents your short build. The quality of the fabric & structure of the dress really do make a difference in how it will fit. Avoid selecting dresses with a full bodied skirt. A simple streamline skirt will again elongate your body and make you look taller. Also, an elastic or empire waist will help in making you look taller.
Once you own a maxi dress, this will be your one go-to outfit. You can mix and match and make endless outfit creations. These dresses look great with a light knit blazer or cropped denim jacket for those cooler college game days or a night out on the town. Add in contrasting earrings or a statement bib necklace depending on the neckline and what it will allow. Use your own judgement. If it feels like too much, then it probably is. Adding a belt at the waist line will also help elongate your look. As for shoes, I would stick with a kitten heel sandal or a flat.
No matter how tall you are or body type, remember to find a maxi dress that you feel great in. Once you do, it will be one of your favorite on-the-go outfits.
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