I’m 5’2″—Here Are All the Petite Summer Dresses I Can Genuinely Recommend


It’s not easy being petite. For all the money you spend on clothes, often you have to then fork out even more for alterations. Hemlines are too long, billowing sleeves have too much excess fabric, and don’t even get me started at waistlines that usually end up sitting somewhere around your hips. 

Thankfully though, there are currently several brands that are making things easier for those of us lacking a little bit of height. From Reformation to Abercrombie, Boden to ASOS, dedicated petite ranges are becoming much easier to find if you just know where to look. 

Generally, I find dresses to be one of the hardest items to shop for, as there are often several different elements that can end up looking too oversize. While with a skirt, you might only have to alter the hem, dresses provide the added difficulty of potentially having to adjust the length of a bodice as well as sleeves and more. That is why today, I’ve taken the time to scroll through several websites in order to track down some of the best petite dresses on the market that you won’t have to alter a bit. From summery cotton maxi dresses that don’t drag on the floor to floral minis that will actually sit above your knee, keep scrolling for 18 petite summer dresses I genuinely recommend… 

Shop My Edit of Petite Summer Dresses

Reformation Petites Frankie Linen Dress

Finding a petite maxi dress just got easier. 

Reformation Petites Kourtney Dress

From the colour to the cut, I’m completely obsessed. 

The Reformation Petites Juliette Dress

Add sandals for day or elevate with heels for evening. 

Reformation Petites Provence Silk Dress

The last details are a nice touch. 

Boden Ruched Bust Satin Maxi Dress

The classic LBD just got cooler.

Boden Sweetheart Linen Midi Dress

It’s all about this blue-grey hue. 

Boden Square Neck Linen Midi Dress

Nothing says summer quite like gingham. 

Boden Satin Slip Maxi Dress

This looks so expensive. 

Abercrombie & Fitch Premium Linen Bow Back Maxi Dress

This immediately went in my basket. 

Abercrombie & Fitch Emerson Poplin Wide Strap Midi Dress

This also comes in a floral blue, plain white and classic black. 

Abercrombie & Fitch Seersucker Ruched Midi Dress

Lemon yellow is the colour of the season. 

Nobody's Child Petite Olive Green Natalia Midi Dress

I still can’t believe this is from the high street. 

Nobody's Child Petite Pink Floral Alexa Midi With Shirring Dress

Pretty florals are always relevant. 

Nobody's Child Petite Brown Botanical Print Delilah Midi Tea Dress

The botanical prints and puff sleeves are so chic. 

ASOS Design Petite Sleeveless Tiered Maxi Dress

The perfect throw-on and go dress. 

Asos Petite Strappy Midi Dress With Cut Outs and Tie Back Detail

For all your summer events. 

ASOS Design Petite Broderie Strappy Back Detail Dress

Just add sandals and you’re ready to go. 

ASOS Design Petite High Neck Drawstring

This could honestly pass for designer. 

Abercrombie & Fitch Emerson Poplin Wide Strap Mini Dress

Minis are a must for the heat. 

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I’m 5’2″—Here Are All the Petite Summer Dresses I Can Genuinely Recommend

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