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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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The Somerset Maxi Dress
Coming in petite, standard and plus-size options, the Somerset dress is truly made for every body. This maxi has a smocked waist that accentuates curves and adds even more shape to the A-line number.
Petites Kourtney Dress
I could never forget about Reformation’s petite range—all of their options are so cute! This floral pick has the classic Reformation silhouette and is oh-so-versatile. Wear it to weddings, birthdays, brunches and anything else you have on your summer agenda.
Petite Tiered Cami Maxi Dress
This pale green maxi is giving us all of the beach energy we need.
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.
Petite Linen-Cotton Princess-Seamed Midi Dress
This airy number is everything you’d want in a lightweight summer frock: loose enough to not cling to your body, yet structured enough to still give you the flattering shape you deserve.
Bianca Ring Dress
Everything about this maxi, from the side cut-outs to the thigh slit and center ring accent, has us in awe.
Smocked Tank Maxi Dress
If you want a maxi fit for work and play, this Club Monaco one is for you. The smocked style is never not on trend.