As a petite woman, It’s difficult following the current trends, especially floor sweeping trends like the maxi dress. Fortunately, we have celebrity style twins like Eva Longoria and Nicole Ritchie, to help us navigate through these trends (unfortunately, we don’t have their bank accounts). Check out these five simple rules for how to wear a maxi dress if you’re petite.
How to Wear a Maxi Dress if You’re Petite
1. Watch Your Length
If you are petite many dresses probably start out too long for you. The ideal length for a maxi, for a petite woman is somewhere between the ankle and the top of the foot. Any longer and you end up having to carry your dress all day. Any shorter and you look too boxy. Try to find the right length by looking for a dress that is calf length for an average height woman, which reduces the likelihood of needed to have the dress altered.
2. Look for a Great Neckline
Strapless or spaghetti strap necklines can often create a boxy feel, thus making the wearer look shorter. Instead opt for a deep v-neck which elongates your upper body and creates the illusion of height.
The more structured the dress is, the better it will look on. Avoid too much volume on the bottom and instead stick to dresses that brush against your natural curves to accentuate your figure. Opt for empire waists that will make you look like your legs are longer. And if your dress doesn’t have one, then add a belt and create one.
If you want to look as tall as possible then go with solid colors. Monochromatic looks create a solid, continuous line, which elongates your body. Try to stay away from large prints that will dominate the outfit and seem like you are hiding in your clothes.
Maxi dresses are amazing because you can add anything you want to them. For shoes, think sandals or espadrilles. Wear bangles and beads to make a more hippy feel, or add a sleek silver or gold chain to create a look of sophistication. These dresses look fabulous with cropped denim jackets for rainy days or with light blazers for more formal settings.
Regardless of your size, maxi dresses add many dimensions to your wardrobe. Make sure you find one that you love and you will always have that go-to outfit ready. For examples of great, budget-friendly maxi dresses, check out the links below.