Petite Dresses for Mother of the Bride

For women under 5′ 4″ or so, it’s important to find petite dresses that are appropriate for your body shape. For a special occasion, rather than buy a regular style that’s been altered to suit your petite frame, you may find a better fit and design with some of the petite dresses that are now available in store and online.

Style Choices for Petite Dresses

To make the most of your figure, choosing an outfit in matching colors or similar shades can help flatter and ensure you look perfectly in proportion.

For most petite women, a simple tailored style or little black dress will work well. Avoid frills and big sleeves, as these could swamp the smaller figure.

Styles that you can wear include wrap dresses, A-line and empire dresses – these can flatter your figure.

A simple jacket can help create a smart wedding outfit from a simple dress

If you’re wearing a two piece suit, choose matching items, rather than separate colors. Avoid wearing a belt or anything emphasizing your waist, as this will break up the clean line that will help you appear taller than you are.

You don’t need to go for the expense of designer names such as Paul Vasseur, instead choose a simple stylish “Jackie O” style shift dress and team it with a jacket for that classic & elegant look.

Adding coordinating accessories such as elegant, same-color wedding shoes, with a heel, can flatter your legs and ankles.

Jewelry for you is likely to be an understated necklace and simple earrings, try and avoid big statement jewelry.

Keep clutch bags or purses small, simple and coordinating.

Here’s a useful video that can help you make the right choices:


Stores for Petite Dresses & Outfits

You may already have your favorite store where you shop regularly for petite dresses, whether it’s in the shopping centre or online. Some great online stockists for petite women or small sizes include Petite Sophisticate, Ann Taylor and EDressMe.   Do check out their size charts to see what sizes you are likely to need, as well as checking their return policy, in case you need to return items.

Petite Dresses for Mother of the Bride


For designer petite dresses, checkout the latest clothing collections from Jones New York and outlet store, Net a Porter, which offers discount designer fashion online in all the latest styles & fashions.

Accessorizing Your Outfit

You may choose to wear smaller wedding hats with smaller crowns and brims that will not overwhelm them.

For that something elegant if you don’t feel comfortable wearing a hat, find a fascinator in a matching color (or have it dyed to match), for a semi-formal look.

Recommended Resources

Mother of the Bride Cocktail Dresses – the perfect style for petite dresses.


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  3. I am a petite woman and just a word of caution that many petite dresses are sized differently depending on the brand. Therefore you should always try on the dress and avoid shopping for this item on the Internet. Just my 2 cents…

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