(Editor’s note: This post on the maxi dress for petite ladies was updated 1/17).
Petite women have certain fashion challenges, and one of those is pulling off the maxi dress effectively. You may have heard a so-called rule that you just shouldn’t wear the maxi dress at all — but we’re here to tell you the opposite. You can look fabulous in a maxi dress and we have celebrity style twins to prove it.
Nicole Richie at 5’1” and Kerry Washington at 5’4″ are our inspiration as we cover the rules for how to wear a maxi dress when you’re petite. Follow these rules and you’ll pull off the maxi dress like a true fashionista.
How to Wear a Maxi Dress if You’re Petite
1. Watch Your Length
One question we hear is this: How long should a maxi dress be?
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Go longer and you end up having to carry your dress all day. Go shorter and you look too boxy. If you’re not shopping in the petite section, you have two options:
- Look for a dress that is calf length for an average height woman OR
- Buy a dress you love and have it tailored.
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.