Petite Fashion: The Holiday Dress


We’re always excited for an excuse to wear a pretty dress, and holiday parties can mean multiple reasons to pick up something special to slip in to. If only it were that easy.
For those of us on the petite side, hem length is our enemy. The mini-dress? Not so mini. At-the-knee can turn to mid-calf in a heartbeat, and longer lengths . . . well, we just shouldn’t be wearing them anyway.  And it’s not just the bottom line—it’s about shoulder-width, sleeve length, and overall proportion. As much as we love the clean line of a dress for lengthening the body, we can also get swallowed up in a garment cut for the “average” sized woman (whoever that is).

Anyway, it’s nearly December, and time is growing short (so to speak) to find the perfect event dress, for a price that will fit your tight holiday budget. Here are some celebration-worthy options for the petite party girl to consider:

Gap strapless shirred dress, $69.50 in gray or black

Also check out this velvet empire waist dress for the same price.

Empire waisted gold velvet dress, Chadwick’s $89.99

Ann Taylor LOFT empire waist v-neck dress, $69

INC Embellished trim sheath dress, on sale for $96.75, Macy’s

Crepe dress, for petite sizes 14-26, Jessica London, $69.

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