Petite dresses designed for smaller, shorter women, come in a many different styles. Most of the dress shops have petite sections where shorter women can shop. This is a good thing. There’s a big difference in the way dresses are cut according to your height. A waist that is two inches too high or two inches too low can ruin the look of the dress. So if you are under 5’4’’, the best thing you can do is to look for a petite dress in your size and category.
There are some things to look for and to avoid when you’re shopping for petite dresses. For instance, petite dresses look best when they’re knee length. This is because if you have a dress that’s too long, it shortens the look of your legs and makes you look a little unbalanced. V-necks are good on petite dresses; they have the effect of lengthening the look of your neck. Vertical patterns are also good, and keeping the pattern fairly plain works well too.
If you have too many vibrant colors, or a very vivacious pattern, the proportions don’t seem quite right. For instance, if you are five feet tall, and you wear a calf length dress with a high neck, and really big bright flowers on it, you’ll be completely lost in the fabric and the big pattern. It depends on where you live how easy it is to find a wide range of petite dresses to choose from. Even in larger towns and cities, finding petite sizes can be a challenge. There are limitations to what most dress stores can carry, and you don’t want to be wearing something that you might encounter on someone else, at a party or at a gathering, or at a meeting, or even at work.
There is a side story about one of the favorite dresses I ever had, which was red and white checked dress. And as soon as I bought this dress, I walked out of the store and what did I see? A woman in an outfit with a different cut, but identical pattern to my dress. So, if you’re looking for petite dresses, don’t limit yourself to the local stores, check out what’s on the internet as well.
There are wide ranges of very attractive petite outfits that let you pick the one that is best for your body type. Speaking of which, when you’re shopping for petite sizes, be really honest about your body type. Take a look and consider if you’re short-waisted, if you’re long-legged, if you’re broad-shouldered, take a look and then ask for expert guidance in the type of dress that would look best on your body.
As a last tip from me, I would say that you need to be extra careful when it comes to formal cocktail events. Choosing your dress for such an event will be hard, and you should be extra cautious. The reason I am saying this is that when it comes to petite cocktail dresses, we tend to go all out by buying something that looks good in our mind, but not in the mirror. Keep that in mind!