Petite Women: How to Wear Maxi Dresses

April 21, 2015

Free People Handkerchief maxi dress (similar here), Free People poncho sweater (similar here), Hinge jersey tank, Kate Spade wedges (similar herealso here), Oversize sunnies (similar here), Floppy straw hat (similar here)

Maxi dresses are comfortable, flattering, and forgiving for all body types… except for petite women who have trouble finding a maxi dress that won’t be sweeping floor as they walk down the street. Unfortunately, not all brands, stores, or store locations have petite sizes, and if you find a maxi dress that goes down between your ankle and the top of the foot, you’ve got to get it! If you do not get lucky, however, here are a few tips that can reduce the need of having the dress altered.

1. Look for a handkerchief hemline that elongates the bottom half of the body and makes the fabric feel lightweight.

2. Look for a deep v-neck neckline since it elongates the upper body and creates the illusion of hight.

3. Look for a soft fabric and tiny vertical print as this will give you a long continuous line from top to bottom.

3. Wear high heels. Think 5″ (or higher) wedges to reach new heights!

I love this maxi handkerchief dress for its easy flowiness. I like how it moves with me. The dress is easy to add layers over (cropped denim jacket or a long cardigan or poncho) and hide layers under (tank top or a tee), which makes it the perfect transitional piece for unpredictable spring weather.

♡ Zuma

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Free People Handkerchief maxi dress (similar here)

Free People poncho sweater (similar here)

Hinge jersey tank

Kate Spade wedges (similar herealso here)

Oversize sunnies (similar here)

Floppy straw hat (similar here)


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    • Reply Zuma April 21, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you so much Coco!

  • Reply sandy April 22, 2015 at 12:43 am

    What a nice long dress 🙂
    Bisous from France 🙂

    • Reply Zuma April 22, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you so much Sandy!!xx

      • Reply kredit konditionenanfrage October 22, 2016 at 8:59 am

        i wish i had a sister to steal from, especially if her closet had cute dresses like that! i love that pattern on it- and the cut of the neckline. it looks so sweet and vintage!

  • Reply Abby April 30, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Lovely tips! I could use them too as I am petite and love wearing maxi dresses a lot 🙂

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

    • Reply Zuma April 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Thank you so much Abby!

  • Reply Anastasia April 30, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Great outfit! I’m not a petite girl but these tips could def help me when it comes to rocking a maxi dress like a pro.

    • Reply Zuma April 30, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Rei Fujita May 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Great post! I’m petite/short so I was always scared of wearing maxi dresses thinking it wouldn’t fit me but maybe ill try these tips and wear one (:

    • Reply Zuma May 1, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you! I am so glad, I love being petite ~ sometimes I wear flats and sometimes 6″ wedge! xx

  • Reply July 3, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Petite women is trying new things is good sign.

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