13 Best Petite Summer Maxi Dresses, Because We’re Tired of Getting Everything Hemmed

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13 Best Petite Summer Maxi Dresses, Because We’re Tired of Getting Everything Hemmed
13 Best Petite Summer Maxi Dresses, Because We’re Tired of Getting Everything Hemmed

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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!)

Best Petite Summer Maxi Dresses at a Glance

Best Overall: Loveappella V-Neck Jersey Maxi Dress, $48 (originally $68)
Best Vacation Dress: Time and Tru Women’s Tie Shoulder Midi Dress, $20
Best Maxi Dress: Cupshe Floral Print Knotted Maxi Dress, $35
Best A-Line Dress: Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress, $168
Best for a Wedding Guest: A New Day, Crepe Puff Short Sleeve Midi Dress, $35
Best Strapless Dress: ASOS DESIGN Petite Bandeau Ruffle Maxi Dress, $52.99
Best Satin Dress: Pretty Little Thing Satin Wrap Detail Maxi Dress, $31 (originally $62)

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.

What to Look for in a Summer Maxi Dress if You’re Petite, According to a Stylist

We tapped stylist, fashion influencer, and the founder of CrashGal Couture Leah Wise to help out with this one.

“For maxi dresses, when I’m shopping in person, I do the classic measurement test of holding it up to my body to see how long it is,” says Wise. “When shopping online, I always refer to the sizing guide to help determine if a garment will have the right fit. I also like to refer to the size and measurements the model is wearing in the display photos online because this also helps me determine how something might fit on me instead.”

Additionally, “something I always look for when shopping is if a brand carries a petite line because then I know the clothing is more likely to fit well since it was specifically designed for petite people,” says Wise.

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Leah Wise: Founder of CrashGal Couture

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1. Loveappella V-Neck Jersey Maxi Dress

1. Loveappella V-Neck Jersey Maxi Dress
1. Loveappella V-Neck Jersey Maxi Dress

Loveappela, V-Neck Jersey Maxi Dress

On Sale 51% off

$33+ Buy Now

This dress is available in so many different colors and in petite sizing specifically. We love the classic V-neck fit and the way that it hugs the wait—and note that it’s made with spandex, so it’s got some give (not a lot worse than a too-snug maxi dress, IMO). This is a do-it-all dress that pairs gorgeously with some statement jewelry and any footwear. Customers note that it runs pretty true to size, so go ahead and pick up a few in different colors so you always have the perfect summer maxi for any occasion.

Sizes: XS-XL
Colors: 10
Material: 95% rayon, 5% spandex

Pros

  • 10 color options

Cons

  • Cannot go in dryer

2. Time and Tru Women’s Tie Shoulder Midi Dress

2. Time and Tru Women’s Tie Shoulder Midi Dress
2. Time and Tru Women’s Tie Shoulder Midi Dress

Time and Tru Women’s Tie Shoulder Midi Dress

$20 Buy Now

This dress is adjustable in two ways. First, there are the adjustable straps that can make the dress shorter or longer in length as you see fit. Then, there’s the tie around the waist that will create an instant shape that’s tailored to your measurements. For summer, we’re loving the soft candy-colored stripe pattern, although the dress does come in two solid colors, too. And at $20? All those features for a petite dress are unbeatable.

Sizes available: XS-XXXL
Colors: 4
Material: 49% Linen, 47% Lyocell, 4% Other Fibre

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Adjustable, custom fit

Cons

  • Reviewers note this style runs a little big

3. Cupshe Floral Print Knotted V-Neck Maxi Dress

3. Cupshe Floral Print Knotted V-Neck Maxi Dress
3. Cupshe Floral Print Knotted V-Neck Maxi Dress

Cupshe, Floral Print Knotted V-Neck Maxi Dress

$35 Buy Now at cupshe

$45 Buy Now at Amazon

Need a maxi dress that’s screams “I’m on vacation”? Meet your match. This dress from Cupshe is lightweight, so it’s perfect for warmer weather, and it has the cutest details, like a knotted front tie for extra dimension and cut-out in the back (ooh-la-la). Plus, the under 5’5 girlies are raving about it. One shopper wrote, “Super cute dress. I am 5’1 and it falls just at the top of the foot so i can wear it with flats or heels.”

Sizes available: XS-XL
Colors: 2
Material: 95% polyester, 5% spandex

Pros

  • Affordable pricepoint

Cons

  • No extended sizes

4. Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress

4. Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress
4. Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress

Anthropologie, The Somerset Maxi Dress

$168 Buy Now

Coming in petite, standard and plus-size options, the Somerset dress is truly made for every body. What we mean by this: the design has a smocked waist that accentuates curves and adds even more shape to the A-line number. It’s also just nice to have at least one maxi dress in your arsenal with sleeves—ya know, to switch things up. Choose between patterns that pop out like lemons (see above), flowers, lush leaves, and more.

Sizes: XXS-XL
Colors: 9
Material: Cotton

Pros

  • Comes in regular, petite, and tall

Cons

  • Higher price point

5. A New Day Puff Short Sleeve Midi Dress

5. A New Day Puff Short Sleeve Midi Dress
5. A New Day Puff Short Sleeve Midi Dress

A New Day, Crepe Puff Short Sleeve Midi Dress

$35 Buy Now

Here’s an instance where a midi dress on an average-height person can become a maxi on a petite person. Since the hem of this dress cuts way above the ankles, you can still wear it as a petite maxi. What else we love about it: The “puff” short sleeves are slightly longer, and this look, combined with the V-neck feel a touch more elegant than your standard T-shirt dress. While we like the black-and-white polka dots, we’re also eyeing the black and brown floral pattern (goth summer, anyone?).

Sizes: XS-4X
Colors: 4
Material: 100% rayon

Pros

  • Extended sizes available

Cons

  • Styles sell out quickly

6. ASOS Petite Bandeau Ruffle Maxi Dress

6. ASOS Petite Bandeau Ruffle Maxi Dress
6. ASOS Petite Bandeau Ruffle Maxi Dress

ASOS, ASOS DESIGN Petite Bandeau Ruffle Maxi Dress

$53 Buy Now

Want to add some drama to your wardrobe? Behold: this navy maxi dress with a ruffly side-slit. It’s zesty, it’s sexy, and it’s definitely eye-catching. Unlike a lot of bandeau dresses, which can be quite rigid (thinking back to the bodycon dresses of early 2000s), this one is crafted from 3 percent Elastane, giving it some stretch.

Sizes: 00-12
Colors: 1
Material: 97% polyester, 3% Elastane

Pros

  • Specifically designed for petite

Cons

  • Styles sell out quickly

7. Pretty Little Thing Satin Maxi Dress

7. Pretty Little Thing Satin Maxi Dress
7. Pretty Little Thing Satin Maxi Dress

Pretty Little Thing, Satin Wrap Detail Maxi Dress

On Sale 50% off

$31 Buy Now

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 three colors, but I prefer it in black. Save this one for a fancy night out (like a summer wedding!). The wrap detail and split side give this dress a bit more dimension, and you can easily adjust it based on how you want it to sit on your body.

Sizes: 00-10
Colors: 3
Material: 95% polyester 5% Elastane

Pros

  • Frequent sales

Cons

  • Limited size range

8. BTFBM One-Shoulder Summer Dress

8. BTFBM One-Shoulder Summer Dress
8. BTFBM One-Shoulder Summer Dress

BTFBM Women One-Shoulder Summer Dress

$48 Buy Now at amazon

Plenty of petite shoppers have raved about this BTFBM maxi dress from Amazon’s large selection of dress options. As one reviewer wrote, “For size reference I am 5’4”, 34C, weigh about 133 lbs and ordered a small. It fits very nice and I’m very happy with it.” The one-shoulder design makes it feel unique, and the smocked stretch waist gives it a casual feel.

Have your pick from 28 different patterns, from the above brightly colored option to more neutral shades.

Sizes available: S-XXL
Colors: 28
Material: 100% polyester

Pros

  • Wide range of color/pattern options

Cons

  • No extended sizes

9. Reformation Petites Kourtney Dress

9. Reformation Petites Kourtney Dress
9. Reformation Petites Kourtney Dress

Reformation, Petites Kourtney Dress

$278 Buy Now

I could never forget about Reformation’s petite range—they really do have a large variety to choose from. This sage 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.

Sizes: 0-12
Colors: 3
Material: 100% viscose

Pros

  • Slim fit

  • Free alterations

Cons

  • Higher price point

10. LSpace x REVOLVE Nico Dress

10. LSpace x REVOLVE Nico Dress
10. LSpace x REVOLVE Nico Dress

Revolve, L*Space x Revolve Nico Dress

$125 Buy Now

If you’re petite, might I suggest shopping a midi dress and turning it into a maxi? This L*Space dress hits at the perfect length and comes in so many different vacation-ready colors. What else we love: the twisted bust detail, the zesty cut-out above the abdomen, and the fact that you can just pull this dress on, no zipper needed (thanks to the 10 percent Elastane giving it a nice stretch).

Sizes: XS-XL
Colors: 4
Material: 90% lyocell, 10% Elastane

Pros

  • Stretch fabric for customized fit

Cons

  • Only partially lined

11. Johnny Was Katie Tiered Dress

11. Johnny Was Katie Tiered Dress
11. Johnny Was Katie Tiered Dress

Johnny Was, Katie Tiered Dress

$230 Buy Now

For anyone who’s most comfortable in black but likes to experiment with color every once in a while (*raises hand*), this color-flecked maxi from Johnny Was is perfect for summer. Pair it with your most colorful pair of sandals or heels for an extra pop of color.

Sizes: XS-XXL P
Colors: 1
Materials: 100% cotton

Pros

  • Petite-specific sizing

Cons

  • Might slightly drink in wash

12. Nic + Zoe Scribble Bouquet Tiered Maxi Dress

12. Nic + Zoe Scribble Bouquet Tiered Maxi Dress
12. Nic + Zoe Scribble Bouquet Tiered Maxi Dress

Nic + Zoe Scribble Bouquet Tiered Maxi Dress

$218 Buy Now

Tiered dresses are so cute for summer because they appear flow-y while keeping you extra cool at the same time. This floral number is perfect for the transition from spring into summer. Plus, you can even dress it up for a special event with heels.

Sizes: XS-XXL, petite-specific sizes
Colors: 1
Material: 67% recycled polyester, 33% polyester

Pros

  • Petite-specific sizing

Cons

  • No extended sizes

13. Pink Queen Cutout Crew Neck Dress

13. Pink Queen Cutout Crew Neck Dress
13. Pink Queen Cutout Crew Neck Dress

Pink Queen Women’s Cutout Crew Neck Dress

$37 Buy Now

Leave it to Amazon to offer up one super cute dress style (that cute cut-out!) in about a million different color ways. And by a million, we mean 29, which is pretty close. If you’re petite, we’d suggest sizing down from your usual size in this number. Since it’s made of 80% viscose and 20% nylon, it’s super stretchy so you can get a more customized fit for your smaller frame.

Sizes: XS-4X
Colors: 29
Material: 80% viscose, 20% nylon

Pros

  • 29 colors to choose from

  • Under $40

  • Super stretchy

Cons

  • Some reviewers note material stretching throughout the day

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