If there’s one thing to love about summer, it’s the incredible array of cute maxi dresses available. However, if you’re under 5’4″—like I am—you probably tend to skip over this adorable warm-weather trend because everything is too damn long and getting dresses hemmed is such a hassle. Rather than miss out on some of the cutest dresses of the season, though, I decided to hunt for petite summer maxi dresses—and I actually found quite a few. (If you want to do a little happy dance, feel free. I won’t judge; this is exciting!)
The day I discovered petite clothing was truly a glorious one. I try to buy petites whenever I can—especially in bottoms—because they make my life so much easier. (Of course, as someone who also wears plus sizes in certain items of clothing, petites in extended sizes are typically not readily available. This is a completely separate issue, but I wanted to touch on it, because I’m sure some of you petite gals also fall outside the classic straight-size range.) If you’ve ever known the pain of seeing a cute pair of jeans, a jumpsuit or maxi dress that you wanted but knew it would just be too long, this shopping guide is for you.
From shift dresses in on-trend floral to options you could wear to any summer party (and probably be the best-dressed guest), there are so many ways to rock these petite maxi dresses. There’s basically a maxi dress for any occasion, so you’ll want to stock up to keep your summer wardrobe ready to rumble. It’s time to free your legs from the confines of pants and slip into summer with these 11 super cute petite maxi dresses.
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Petite Floral Tiered Dress
Say hello to the perfect wedding guest dress courtesy of Allison New York. This flowy floral option is begging to be worn with strappy heels and tons of layered jewelry.
Petite Solstice Dress
I could never forget about Reformation’s petite range—all of their options are so cute! This khaki-colored pick is simple, yes, but it’s also oh-so-versatile. I can’t wait to layer it over a turtleneck when the weather cools back down.
Gretel Embroidered Maxi Dress
Anthropologie knows how to make a good dress, no matter your height. Case in point: This maroon embroidered maxi dress comes in three different size ranges from petite to plus.
Iliana Maxi Dress
This light blue floral frock from Yumi Kim is my new favorite summer dress. The adjustable shoulder straps mean that the long length is basically customizable to you.
Petite Ruffled Tiered Maxi Dress
I love anything floral, but I love a good black floral maxi the most. Luckily, this option from Madewell is floral and comes in my favorite color. Yes, I already have it in my cart.
Petite Knot Strap Maxi Dress
Did someone order the perfect beach coverup? This flowy white maxi dress from ASOS Design is begging to be taken on vacation to a tropical island somewhere soon. This is going to be a mainstay in my beach wardrobe over the summer.
Petite Maxi Shirtdress
I love anything that pulls a double shift in my closet, so obviously, I had to include this easy shirtdress from Banana Republic. The beige colorway works for all seasons: Pair it with sandals now and a leather jacket later!
Petite Floral Maxi Dress
Mint green always feels so fresh in the summertime. This maxi dress from Banana Republic is covered in the most adorable ditsy flower print and is perfect for any weddings that you have coming up on your calendar.
Sleeveless Tiered Maxi Dress
Easy does it in this simple black dress from Gap. This option is a masterclass in effortless, versatile summer dressing. It’s available in petite sizes XS through XXL and is made from a super breathable cotton fabric blend.
Petite Dotted Tie Waist Shirtdress
This spotted dress from LOFT is tailored to perfection, so you won’t need to make any adjustments before you wear it out. Wrap-style dresses are always flattering, but this one in particular works all year ’round.
Black Satin Wrap Detail Maxi Dress
I already love PrettyLittleThing because of how inclusive their sizing is, but their petite range really sweetens the deal. This satin maxi wrap dress comes in two colors, but I prefer it in black. Save this one for a fancy night out.