13 Petite Dresses For Those On The Shorter Side

Dresses are the easiest throw-on-and-go pieces in our wardrobe, building almost a full outfit in next to no time. But for those of us who are 5’4″ and under — the height range classed as petite — shopping for frocks isn’t always easy. Minis shift to knee-lengths, midis become maxis and longer lengths look like you’ve stolen your mum’s clothes.

Happily, a number of brands have dedicated ranges for those on the shorter side. Ahead, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite finds, from River Island to Rixo.

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ASOS DESIGN Petite Cotton Pleat Bust Midi Babydoll Sundress In Sage Stripe, £30

In a candy stripe pattern, this dress is designed for summer.

ASOS DESIGN Petite Cotton Pleat Bust Midi Babydoll Sundress In Sage, $, available at ASOSPhoto Courtesy of ASOS DESIGN

House Of Sunny Love Mail Dress, £110

Barbiecore is in full swing and this House of Sunny style nails it perfectly.

House Of Sunny Love Mail Dress, $, available at House of SunnyPhoto Courtesy of House Of Sunny

Reformation Petites Casette Silk Dress, £348

A black dress can never go amiss, as this Reformation silk style proves.

Reformation Petites Casette Silk Dress, $, available at ReformationPhoto Courtesy of Reformation

Abercrombie & Fitch ​​Premium Linen Bow Back Maxi Dress, £130

Abercrombie may be a throwback brand but it does petite clothing particularly well.

Ambercrombie & Fitch Premium Linen Bow Back Maxi Dress, $, available at Abercrombie & FitchPhoto Courtesy of Abercrombie & Fitch

Miss Selfridge Petite Textured Shirred Midi Dress In Lilac, £35.99

Puff sleeves, a shirred top and textured fabric. There’s a lot going on in this dress yet it just works.

Miss Selfridge Petite Textured Shirred Midi Dress In Lilac, $, available at ASOSPhoto Courtesy of Miss Selfridge

Never Fully Dressed Blue Floral Peony Dress Petite, £169

In a blue china print pattern, this tiered dress is designed for swanning along the streets of Greece (or down your garden path).

Never Fully Dressed Blue Floral Peony Dress Petite, $, available at Never Fully DressedPhoto Courtesy of Never Fully Dressed

ASOS DESIGN Petite Square Neck Midi Smock Sundress In Dusky Rose, £26

A smock dress is the perfect pick for those who like exaggerated and oversized shapes, and this dusty pink is delightful.

ASOS DESIGN Petite Square Neck Midi Smock Sundress In Dusky Rose, $, available at ASOSPhoto Courtesy of ASOS DESIGN

Rixo Benedict Strappy Midi Dress, £235

Rixo isn’t particularly tailored to petites but its midi dresses fall just right for us shorter folk.

Rixo London Benedict Strappy Midi Dress, $, available at RixoPhoto Courtesy of Rixo

New Look Petite Red Textured Wrap Mini Dress, £27.99

Wrap dresses work wonders at adding dimension. This one is the epitome of the salsa dancing emoji.

New Look Petite Red Textured Wrap Mini Dress, $, available at New LookPhoto Courtesy of New Look

Nobody’s Child Petite Olive Green Natalia Midi Dress, £79

Dressing like an olive never looked so good.

Nobody’s Child Petite Olive Green Natalia Midi Dress, $, available at Nobody’s ChildPhoto Courtesy of Nobody’s Child

M&S Pure Cotton Square Neck Midi Waisted Dress, £45

M&S makes great quality dresses at high street prices and most of them come in petite, regular and long lengths.

M&S Pure Cotton Square Neck Midi Waisted Dress, $, available at M&SPhoto Courtesy of M&S

Réalisation Par The Karlie, £250

Crafted from silk yet made to look like denim, this dress ticks both smart and casual boxes.

Realisation Par The Karlie, $, available at Realisation ParPhoto Courtesy of Réalisation Par

River Island Petite Black Animal Print Bow Slip Midi Dress, £39

Animal print is always a good idea, especially when it looks like this.

River Island Petite Black Animal Print Bow Slip Midi Dress, $, available at River IslandPhoto Courtesy of River Island

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