The effortlessness of a dress is simply undeniable. It's a one-and-done outfit that takes mere seconds to throw together, works well for practically every occasion on your calendar, and makes you look put-together (and incredibly stylish) with very minimal effort. As such, you can never have too many dresses, and as easy as they make getting dressed, finding the right one is another story, especially when you're petite.
Shopping for dresses takes a bit more thought and consideration for petite women, and finding a length and silhouette that works can be a challenge. To help you find the best dresses for petite women, we turned to Amazon and the bountiful customer reviews, searching for styles that women 5'5" and under seem to be shopping nonstop. Read on for the styles that earned rave reviews.
"Cute, just right. I thought it would be shorter and I don't enjoy short dresses so I bought it to wear as a blouse. I'm pretty petite at 5'1, so the length was perfect for me for a dress. Cute, fresh, no need for a slip, so quite perfect." — bez
"Love it so much. It is SO HARD to find clothing that fits me, I'm a smaller girl with a DD cup chest. When I put the dress on, it fit perfectly, although I did need a safety pin the close the gap of the button on the inside for my chest to not show." — Katie W.
"I was really looking forward to receiving this dress and it did NOT disappoint! I'm fairly petite (normally an XS, 34B) and this dress fit me perfectly. The wrap around the waist can be adjustable and the length was spot on (I'm 5' 8" and it wasn't too short). Although it worked great on me, I think anyone who is taller or bustier should size up." — Amazon customer
"I am petite but kind of curvy and bottom-heavy (5'2 tall, bust 33" to 33.5", 28" waist, 38 hips) and I bought a small in red. The dress fits right, a bit below mid-thighs and the color is similar to the picture, red wine. I bought this dress because of the fabric (ribbed, mostly cotton) to wear something comfy at home and without a bra (this fabric is not see-through, not so form-shaping and is thick enough without being too hot). It has two black ribbons to hang it. The dress meets my expectations." — Ale
"I loved this dress! I needed a loose-fitting dress after surgery because of swelling. This dress is so flattering. I bought a few in different colors. I will definitely continue to wear this dress. It is difficult to find something for someone as short as myself. I am 5'1" and a little curvy. The Large fits me well and even though it wasn't 'petite' it still fits well. Sometimes the shoulders will sloop or it will be too long, but this dress was perfect." — sls
"This is a great dress! The fabric isn't too thin to where you can see through, it's a little thick but still great to wear during summer. Very comfortable also. Length is just below my knees (I'm 5'5), it's a great flowy dress." — Erica Krestyn
"This is an amazing dress! I'm 5'5 and ordered a small and it fits perfectly. The length is just right below my knees. The non-functional buttons are great because you don't need to worry about a peephole or anything! The material is also heavy linen! I definitely recommend this dress!" —Tasia
5. Ninovino Ribbed Knit Long Sleeve Slim Fit Sweater Dress
"Looks just like the picture, super soft and fit exactly as expected. I’m 5’3” and this hits exactly at the top of my toes. You could wear out, to work or even to a wedding. Slit elevates the look so all you need to do is accessorize!" — PaperAngell
"Great dress! Ordered the extra small, and it fits my 34-27-38, 5'3", 130 lb frame just right. Could probably have gone with the small, but the extra small is not too tight or anything. I usually go down a size for maxis due to having a petite frame and being short. The material is soft and light and feels great blowing around my legs on a breezy spring day. I ordered the patchwork purplish one, and the design is just perfect for the cut. So happy with this purchase!" — Kayla Denise
"The Amazon Essentials maxi dress, size large fit me perfectly. I'm a size 10P in dresses and this was just a bit loose but not too big. I'm 5'4", and the length hit the top of my feet, so with a wedge sandal, it will be the correct length. The fabric is comfortable and the stripes are slimming. Overall, very happy with this dress." — Lasha
5. Daily Ritual Supersoft Terry Racerback Maxi Dress
"Great maxi dress for Petites. I am 5’2” and it’s always difficult for me to find the right length and this is perfect. I’m 115 lbs and the x-small fits great. Really nice material. On the inside, it looks like terry cloth. Already ordered a second one in a different color!" — Amazon customer