As someone who is but an inch away (I’m 5’4″) from being classed as ‘petite’, I know the struggle all too well when it comes to finding a dress. Minis can become knee-length, midis venture into maxi territory, and maxis, well, maxis are often floor-sweepers. There’s no denying that it’s tricky. And while well-fitting styles can sometimes be snapped up in ‘regular’ collections, it’s often best for people 5’3″ and under to head to the specialist petite sections.
With so many brands— including Reformation, Warehouse, Nobody’s Child and Asos— all excelling in petite dresses, I took it upon myself to have a good search for the very best dresses for those who are slightly shorter. What did I find? A sequin dress you’ll want to swish around in all party season, a variety of black dresses and a whole host of versatile knitted styles.
Keep scrolling to shop my pick of the best petite party dresses, and hopefully you’ll discover some lesser-known brands to add to your shopping lists.