Short on stature? Fret not. Though pint-sized princesses are typically cautioned against long skirts that hide the legs, making this trend work isn’t a Mission: Impossible. Look at Julianne Hough, although she’s only 5’4”, she looks fab in a maxi dress. The key is to find a dress that skims the floor, as opposed to a shorter version that cuts the leg off at mid-calf. Look also for fitted numbers that won’t overwhelm a petite frame. It’s important to keep everything in proportion so steer clear of heavy, long-sleeved caftan styles and over-the-top prints. Wearing a solid color or diagonal or vertical stripes can lengthen the body’s appearance, while an Empire waist can help make your bottom half look longer than it is. And don’t forget the heels—you’ll definitely need them!
Go safari-chic in this olive number by Nasty Gal ($58, nastygal.com), which hugs the body beautifully. Add towering clogs for extra height, plus wooden bangles and a tribal-print scarf for a trendy touch.
Add chunky turquoise jewellery to the Gap eyelet-detailed convertible maxi dress ($79.99, gap.com). Gold heeled sandals will liven up this sweet strapless maxi.
This gorgeous blue dress by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent ($250, bloomingdales.com) has a glamorous, date night appeal. The solid color and narrow waist help elongate a short frame.