Summer is here. Yep, we can’t believe we said that either. Pat yourself on the back for making it through six-plus months of winter. And then celebrate by going on a bit of shopping spree‚ because, well, why not? The new season calls for a new slew of fashion staples, and there’s no better way to ring in the warm-weather months than with a handful of summer-friendly pieces you’ll be wearing nonstop the next 12 weeks straight. Some key items you’ll definitely want to have on hand right now include chunky-sole sandals (the latest “ugly” shoe to take the fashion world by storm), ’90s-inspired slip dresses because those are still very much in, and, last but certainly not least, floor-grazing maxis that are easy and breezy.
Now, because we’re here to make shopping a bit more manageable for all, we decided to focus our attention today on the best petite-friendly maxi dresses. Yes, they do exist, and as some of our go-to street style stars make very clear, the extra-long frocks are just as wearable for those who are 5’4″ and under as they are for those 5’7″ and up. While you might still need to call up your go-to tailor if you’re in the former camp, the below silhouettes are currently the most favored by petite celebs, which means you’ll probably be quite fond of them, too.
The most classic of maxi dresses, the spaghetti-strap frock screams summer. Pick one cut from a soft, fluid fabric with a form-fitting silhouette. Avoid super-boxy styles.
A billowy hemline adds shape and keeps the maxi dress from draping on the floor. It’s also a great way to show off a great pair of shoes.
The T-shirt dress silhouette is one that tends to work great for both short and tall ladies. Plus, the frock is super comfy—like a tee but extra long.
Maxi dresses have the tendency to swallow you up—something petite ladies certainly don’t want. An easy solution? Pick one with waist-cinching detailing that adds shape and definition.
Next up, check out our best style advice for short women.