Maxi dress has been trendy for almost a decade now, and they are a summer favorite of many stylish petite women. They are so easy to wear in the summer time for so many reasons. If you are packing for a resort vacation or going to a beach wedding, they are probably your best bet. They are so comfortable you can just throw them on and wear them and hang by the beach or the pool all day. They are also very forgiving and you can save on razor time, to state the obvious. Can petite women wear maxi dresses? What kind of petite maxi dresses are flattering to short girls? These are some of the most searched questions on the web, and that is because petite women (myself included) have been eying the maxi dresses trend for a couple of years now and want to know if short girls can rock them too. (Read Petite Women how to Rock Maxi Skirts).
The first answer is absolutely yes! You heard it right- maxi dress could be very flattering to shorter girls, if you know how to wear it. Sure, most stylists advise us to go with short skirts, if we want our legs to look longer. That is true to some degree. Wearing a skirt above or at the knee is one of the most obvious ways to lengthen our legs and look taller than we are. However, wearing a long dress is another way of effectively extending our frame and thus could be very flattering to petite girls. According to wiki, maxi dresses refer to informal dresses at ankle length. So why would it look good on short girls? The reason is creating length in our outfit is one of the key factors in styling short girls, which can be achieved through creating a column of colors. Because of its continuous color and pattern, maxi dress can effectively elongate your body frame. Therefore, wearing maxi dress the right way will actually make a short girl look taller. In fact, maxi dress is one of the Top 6 Wardrobe Staples for Stylish Petite Women. When it comes to petite celebrities, Nicole Richie (5’1″) is the queen of rocking maxi dresses!
For short girls, solid colors or small prints are your best choice. Be very careful with large prints on maxi dresses. Given the big area maxi dresses cover on your body, large prints may make too busy and overwhelm your small frame. One rule of thumb is the size of the print should not be bigger than your fist. As a petite woman, you should always have the proportion in mind, i.e. everything should be in proportion to your size. Maxi dresses are available in all kinds of prints and patterns and they are normally inexpensive, so you should definitely try different colors and have fun with them. Another good option is to wear petite length maxi dresses with print top but solid bottom in darker shades, which will effectively make you look more skinny than you are.
Petite maxi dresses with empire waist line or high waist line are most flattering to short girls. Empire waist design elevated your natural waist line and make your legs look longer than they are. High waist line achieve the same result by drawing the focus upward and creating the illusion of longer legs. If the petite maxi dresses do not have empire waist or high waist line, you can still style it with a belt higher than your natural waist to achieve similar visual result.
The fabric is very important for petite maxi dresses. The point of wearing petite maxi dresses is they move as you move. Therefore, you definitely want to go with something soft and flowy. The best petite length maxi dresses’ fabrics should hug your body’s natural curve just right (not too loose or too tight) and create a feminine and flattering silhouette. Avoid stiff materials, which has its own shape and will not flow as well as the drapery fabrics.
If you are short, getting the right length for your maxi dress is critical. For petite girls, you should avoid petite maxi dresses too long and be very careful when you walk, as there is a risk of stumbling on it and fall. . If you are under 5’4, the regular size maxi dress will probably be dragging on the floor for you. Pay attention to the specification of the petite length maxi dresses, even if they are labeled as petite sizing. The reason is each brand may make petite maxi dresses of different lengths. Also, a 4’9” petite woman should wear different length than a 5’2” petite womanWhen maxi dress first became a summer trend, they were only available in regular sizes, so the only way a short girl could pull it off was to first send it the tailors and cut off the extra inches. Fortunately, some brands offer petite sizes so that you do not have to pay for a tailor. After so many summers, now more and more brands (ASOS, London Times, etc) are making petite size maxi dresses and we do not have to worry about alteration any more. The petite length maxi dresses should fall just on your toe back, even if you are wearing flats. That way, you don’t have to worry about tripping over the petite maxi dress when you happen to not be wearing heels one day.
Petite women should definitely stay away from petite maxi dresses which are too loose or oversized. Even though they are petite length, those kind of design will only swamp you and make it look like the dress is wearing you instead of you wearing the dress.
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