The Best Cocktail Dresses If You're Under 5'3"


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I've lived my entire life aware that I skew on the shorter side. Whether it was not being tall enough to ride roller coasters or inevitably never being able to see in large crowds, being short is an integral part of who I am. While working in fashion the last decade proved that height was just a number and I fearlessly wear seasonal trends, I've also learned that I prefer certain styles on my shorter frame.

I can say with sheer confidence that my height of 5'3" has never restricted me from trying statement dress trends. I've simply grown cognizant of the fact that there are design hacks that play to my advantage within the on-trend silhouettes. For instance, if I'm shopping for a midi dress, I opt for styles that accentuate my waist by adding waist seams, draping, or ruching details. While a tailor is most likely on speed dial, there are a plethora of cocktail dresses that exist for those 5'3" and under. I'm living proof. From sequin minis with exaggerated puff sleeves to sleek one-shoulder midis, keep scrolling to discover my cocktail-dress picks.

This article was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Freelance Editor