Style: I’m 5’2”—These Are the Best Summer Dresses I’ve Found For Petite Women

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For anyone under 5’4”, the search for the best petite summer dresses is on. Warmer days are ahead and vacation plans are in sight. At 5’2”, I’ve been accustomed to having friends and colleagues tower over me all my life. Instead of trying to match their height with a pair of sky-scraping stilettos, I learned to embrace my petite frame and shop what I loved, and what I loved were dresses. But as many women in this size group know, there’s a strong chance that if you’re not paying attention to proportions, a new dress purchase might mean an extra foot of fabric we don’t need and ultimately, a trip to the tailor.

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I used to think I couldn’t wear long maxi dresses, but they have now become my everyday uniform. If shopping online, the trick is to always check the garment’s “length” measurements to ensure it will fit your frame before checking out. (I look for dresses with a length of 51 inches and under, but the sweet spot is 40-45 inches.) I promise it will save you a headache from having to return it afterward. If you’re shopping at a retailer with an actual petite section, rejoice! They are far and few between, but labels like Reformation are making it easier to shop for petite sizes. And if you’re a fan of Hill House Home’s iconic Nap dress, trust me that I’ve road-tested both their signature Ellie and Nesli dresses, and they fit perfectly, coming down to just above my ankles. Proenza Schouler is one of my favorite, go-to designer labels for dresses for all occasions—from work to weddings. I have always found their dresses to fit my petite frame, without ever requiring a hemline fix.

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Whether you’re looking to shop for an upcoming event, vacation, or preparing to go back to the office—these do not disappoint. Ahead, shop 24 of the best petite summer dresses to suit any of your future plans.

Midi Meets Maxi

Calling all maxi dress lovers: these fresh and vibrant pastel shades are the perfect hue for summer, and will fit with ease. Just style them with your favorite summer sandals and floppy hat.

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Tory Burch long ruffle dress

$398.00, TORY BURCH

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Hill House Home the Nesli Nap dress

$125.00, HILL HOUSE HOME

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Altuzarra Donrine dress

$1395.00, AMAZON

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Staud Cleo tiered stretch-cotton midi-dress

$315.00, NET-A-PORTER

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Short and Sweet

If you prefer shorter hemlines, you can’t go wrong with Farm Rio’s puff-sleeved mini dress or Tove’s Clara dress with its signature tie-front detail.

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Farm Rio cashew puff-sleeve minidress

$235.00, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

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Brock Collection linen denim Selma A-line minidress

$1015.00, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

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Tove Clara tie-detail organic cotton dress

$535.00, MODA OPERANDI

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Sachin & Babi Coco smocked-bodice dress

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Work-Approved

Collared shirt dresses in breathable fabrics like linen will make office life in the summer comfortable and wearable.

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J.Crew relaxed-fit short-sleeve cotton poplin shirtdress

$128.00, J.CREW

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Givenchy metallic chain shirt dress

$1420.00, 24S

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Bottega Veneta ruffled ribbed wool dress

$1750.00, NET-A-PORTER

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Belize Akele braided-belt linen shirt dress

$376.00, MATCHESFASHION.COM

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Vacation Ready

If you’re planning a getaway soon, these caftans and breezy dresses will pair nicely with your island locale too.

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Dries Van Noten Dorias drawstring tie-dyed striped faille midi-dress

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Zara linen blend shirtdress

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D’Ascoli Uzbek belted ikat-print cotton dress

$254.00, MATCHESFASHION.COM

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Agua by Agua Bendita Acacia floral-print linen midi-dress

$500.00, NET-A-PORTER

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Daytime Soirée

For birthdays, picnics, or other daytime gatherings at the park or a rooftop in New York City, these summer dresses will be the talk of the party.

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Reformation Petites Nikita dress

$248.00, REFORMATION

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Sleeper Atlanta off-the-shoulder shirred linen midi-dress

$320.00, NET-A-PORTER

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Ganni check A-line seersucker midi sundress

$285.00, NORDSTROM

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Dôen Eclipse embroidered floral-print organic cotton-voile midi-dress

$260.00, NET-A-PORTER

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Special Occasion

For dressed-up summer nights, consider Proenza Schouler’s sleek pleated colorblock dress, or for a night out in the town where the weather is hot and humid, consider this mini Jacquemus white dress paired with your favorite heels.

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Bassike open-back tiered cotton-poplin dress

$395.00, NET-A-PORTER

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Jacquemus the Drap dress

$625.00, 24S

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Proenza Schouler crepe colorblock pleated dress

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Cecilie Bahnsen Tilde quilted faille minidress

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We found the best deals on the trendiest footwear of the season.Summer is just a few days away, but while some of us are readying to kick off our shoes and dip our toes in the pool, others are keeping their eyes peeled for new seasonal kicks. If you're tired of cramming your feet into the same old sneakers or could use a new pair of sandals to go with a cute sundress or jumpsuit, you don't have to splurge to find a chic shoe to complete your look.

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