As someone who stands at a solid 5’2″ on the best of days, I can personally attest to the fact that shopping for dresses can feel like a real challenge. This is coming from the person who had to wear kid-sized dresses well into my middle school years because everything else I tried on was either too big in the chest, too long at the hem, or a sorry combination of both. But now that I’m an adult, I have finally discovered all of the best petite dresses that work for me, and I’m sharing them with all of you, of course.
While you can—and should!—wear whichever dresses you want, no matter your height, let these options act as a series of guideposts if you truly don’t know what to look for when shopping for something new. I personally keep going back to a few fail-safe silhouettes because I always know that they’re going to look great in a pinch.
To make life easier, I’ve broken down all of my favorite frocks into five categories. These picks range from going out–approved minidresses to a few midi- and maxi-length options that will work for that day when you eventually need to return to the office, so keep scrolling to shop them all right now.