14 summer dresses perfect for petite frames

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Well-fitting summer dresses are hard to come by if you’re petite.

Even in this day and age, when you’d assume that there would be an abundance of choices for everyone, finding petite pieces that are not only stylish but actually look good on a shorter frame is one thing many fashion brands still haven’t mastered.

Dresses are either too long or their cut just isn’t right, and it’s a similar struggle when you’re looking for well-fitting jeans (which we talked to 30 petite women about here, by the way).

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The good news is that while these dresses can be hard to find, some brands know exactly what they’re doing – and we’ve been looking for the best ones available right now.

From Anthropologie to Boden, here are a handful of our favourite summer dresses for petite ladies – including even maxi dresses, which notoriously don’t work for petite frames. We’ve also discovered an exciting brand, which stocks exclusively petite fashion – Petite Studio.

Boden, Reformation, ASOS, Anthropologie and Next also offer petite pieces – here are our favourites.

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ASOS DESIGN Petite midi smock dress with wrap top in blue and black spot

Petite Midi Smock Dress, £28, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

Midi dresses often swamp make petite frames, but this petite-friendly polka dot dress from ASOS is the perfect fit.

Petite black collar neck button mini dress River Island

Black Collar Mini Dress, £32, River Island – buy now

If you like to keep things simple, team this black mini dress with chunky sandals and shades for a casual summer outfit.

Petite Carly Dress, Fld Grn Fschia, hi-res

Petite Carly Dress, £169, HOBBS – buy now

Heading to a wedding this summer? We love this floral dress from HOBBS for a hot weather occasion.

best petite summer dresses - boden betty maxi shirt dress

Betty Maxi Shirt Dress, £140, Boden – buy now

Whoever said maxi dresses aren’t for petite ladies was lying — especially when the maxi dress is this pretty. Boden offers many items in both regular and petite fit, while their sizes go up to a 22. We’re chuffed that this colour-blocking gown is one of them.

Reformation Petites Alta Dress

Petites Alta Dress, £248, Reformation – buy now

Another store that offers gorgeous petite fashion is Reformation, with a focus on sustainability. We love this floral summer dress, which achieves a romantic summer look perfectly.

ASOS Petite Gingham Mini Slip Dress

Petite Gingham Mini Slip Dress, £18, ASOS – buy now

If you prefer mini dresses with a 90s twist, opt for this gingham slip dress from ASOS.

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Next Pink Linen Look Shirred Midi Dress

Pink Linen Look Shirred Midi Dress, £32, Next – buy now

Midi dresses can be tricky to wear, but Next offer many items for petite frames including this hot pink dress with puff sleeves.

Petite Studio Eleanor Dress

Eleanor Dress, $158, Petite Studio – buy now

If there’s any brand that knows how to make clothing tailored to petite frames, it’s Petite Studio. This summer-ready organza dress is the thing of dreams.

White Petites Elara Linen Dress

Petites Elara Linen Dress, £248, Reformation – buy now

We will never tire of white for the summer. Team this chic summer dress with a tan for the perfect holiday look.

JCrew Petite Classic-Fit Ruffleneck Shirtdress

Petite Classic-Fit Ruffleneck Shirtdress, £154, J Crew – buy now

You can never go wrong with a shirt dress — it’s a classic for a reason. Plus, this gingham dress will work far beyond summer.

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Tallulah Eyelet Mini Dress, $188, Anthropologie

Tallulah Eyelet Mini Dress, $188, Anthropologie – buy now

Team this sunny dress with sandals and a basket bag for the ultimate summer look.

Boden Rosalind Tiered Midi Dress

Rosalind Tiered Midi Dress, £120, Boden – buy now

Off-the-shoulder summer dresses have been trending for a while and we can’t get enough of them. This beautiful Boden dress is ideal for picnics in the park or a vacation outfit.

Petite Pink Floral Tie Sleeve Mini Dress New Look

Petite Pink Floral Tie Sleeve Mini Dress, £22.99, New Look – buy now

For a more affordable option, we love New Look’s floral mini dress. It comes in green too.

Petite Check Tiered Smock Dress Dorothy Perkins

Petite Check Tiered Smock Dress, now £31.50, Dorothy Perkins – buy now

If ditsy prints aren’t your thing, opt instead for a check dress. This smock-style is flattering and easy to wear.

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