If you fall under the five-foot-three mark, then you're familiar with the struggle of trying to find a well-fitting dress. Some pieces just don't fit right: The waist mark falls on our hips, the sleeves and hems are extra longer, and the neckline swoops deeper than it should. That said, if you're a petite girl who's always finding it a challenge to stumble upon a cute, perfect-fitting frock, you've come to the right place! Keep in mind these five tried-and-tested dress styles that will highlight your silhouette and elongate your legs.
It's a flattering cut for many body types, but petites benefit the most because it draws the eyes from top to bottom and also shows your decolletage, providing an illusion of a longer neck.
Seamed mini dress, P2495, ZARA, Greenbelt 5
2. Vertical Stripes
Top-to-bottom stripes create a lengthening illusion. This is a favorable print for small-framed girls, especially if the stripes run across the entirety of the ensemble.
Flounced cotton dress, P1690, H&M, Robinsons Magnolia
3. Wrap Dress
Wrap dresses are known to be universally flattering. For girls with petite frames, the dress does more than cinch the waist or elongate the neck. It also allows the fabric to create a figure-flattering silhouette that won't engulf your tiny frame.
Waistcoat dress with tie belt, P1985, BERSHKA, Glorietta 2
4. Mini Dress
Mini dresses or knee-length frocks are the most flattering for petite girls. These types expose your gams, making you look instantly taller. Add a pair of barely-there strappy heels for an added height boost and you're good to go!
Fringe dress, P4995, MANGO, Greenbelt 5
5. Maxi Dress
If you prefer skirts or dresses with longer hems, it's best that you don pieces that graze your ankles and elongate your figure. Midis run the risk of cutting you off at the calves, thus making you appear shorter.