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How to Wear a Maxi Dress If You're Petite

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"I wish I was just a little bit taller!"

How many of you ladies have said this when trying on clothes? We know from experience that if you're petite, you often have to think about choosing outfits that complement your body type and frame. Otherwise, you could end up looking shorter or the clothing might not look flattering on you. 

With spring in full swing now, maxi dresses are totally on trend. While you may have even heard people say that you can't wear a maxi dress if you're on the shorter side, we’re here to tell you the exact opposite! You can definitely wear a maxi dress no matter what height you are. To get this type of dress to look perfect on your petite frame, you can try some of the styling tips and ideas below: 

Rule 1: Choose the right length.

Not all maxi dresses are created equal. If you're petite, you just need to be a little diligent when choosing the style and length of your maxi dress. The goal is to not have it overwhelm your frame. We suggest choosing a length that's between your ankle and the top of your foot. If you opt for a longer dress, it may drag on the ground or feel too heavy. On the other hand, if it's too short it can make you look shorter than you really are.

Remember: If you absolutely love the style and color, but the length just isn't right, you can always have the dress tailored. 


Jenny Boston Striped Maxi Dress

The Newport Maxi Dress


Rule 2: The neckline is important too.

When buying a maxi dress, you might get so focused on the length that you completely overlook the neckline. Make sure to pay attention to the neckline too, as it can have a significant impact on how the dress looks once you put it on.

If you're feeling that a spaghetti strap or strapless maxi dress isn't right for you, try a V-neckline instead. This will elongate your upper body and make you look taller.


Maxi Dress For Petites

Tropical Getaway Maxi Dress


Rule 3: Consider wearing solid colors

If you're petite, solid colored maxi dresses can really compliment your frame. In fact, they can even create a slimming effect on your body and make you look taller. 



Jenny Boston Maxi Dress For Petites

Out and About Maxi in Navy


Rule 4: Pick smaller prints

Let's face it: Everyone loves wearing prints... especially during the spring and summer seasons. When picking the best prints for petites, keep in mind that smaller prints can be less overwhelming to your fame. We particularly love these great Jenny Boston prints: 


Jenny Boston Print Maxi

Vacation On My Mind Print Maxi Dress


Jenny Boston Print Maxi Dress

Looking At You Maxi Dress


Do you love wearing maxi dresses as much as we do? With spring upon us, they are such pretty go-to items for any wardrobe -- no matter what height you may be. Shop all of our maxi dresses today! 



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