For some reason, over the last year or so, I have turned into a huge summer dress fan. I recently posted about my favorite-the t-shirt dress. But I am also a fan of maxi dresses. I know that maxi dresses have been popular over the last few years, so I am not writing about something new. However, because I am petite (5’1”), wearing long dresses without looking like I am being swallowed up can be a challenge.
Over the years, I’ve discovered that the trick to wearing these long dresses is to keep it simple. I think, for petite women like myself, solids and/or smaller prints work in our favor. Prior to a recent shopping trip with my mom, I only owned one maxi dress, which is a plain dark teal dress with some detail on the neckline. It is slightly fitted through the bodice and hangs loose starting from the waistline. I usually pair it with wedges or a pair of interesting sandals.
My new maxi dress is a little more daring in that there is a rather large, exotic, orange and gray print down the middle section of the dress. Large prints + petite women= disaster, right? I thought so when I saw it on the hanger. But I gave it a try anyway and was pleasantly surprised. There are many things that are great about this dress. The first is that even though it is sleeveless, the tank straps are wide enough to hide bra straps. Secondly, this dress defines the waist, which is really important for petite women when considering longer dresses. In addition, most of the print is surrounding the waistline, which leads the eyes towards the narrowest part of my body. But my favorite part about this dress is how comfortable it is! I love a pretty dress, but, at the end of the day, comfort is a big selling point for me. Finding a dress that has beauty without sacrificing comfort is a hard find. This dress definitely fits the bill.
You can find this INC dress in the Macys Petites section for $89.50. Below is the link.
I am wearing this dress in a size petite small.
The side view below shows how fitted it is through the bodice.
Below is a closer look at the print.