21 of the Best Party Dresses to Wear If You're Petite


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Who What Wear contributor Monikh is 5'1" .

As someone who is but an inch away (I'm 5'4") from being classed as 'petite', I know the struggle all too well when it comes to finding a dress. Minis can become knee-length, midis venture into maxi territory, and maxis, well, maxis are often floor-sweepers. There's no denying that it's tricky. And while well-fitting styles can sometimes be snapped up in 'regular' collections, it's often best for people 5'3" and under to head to the specialist petite sections. 

With so many brands— including Reformation, Warehouse, Nobody's Child and Asos— all excelling in petite dresses, I took it upon myself to have a good search for the very best dresses for those who are slightly shorter. What did I find? A sequin dress you'll want to swish around in all party season, a variety of black dresses and a whole host of versatile knitted styles.

Keep scrolling to shop my pick of the best petite party dresses, and hopefully you'll discover some lesser-known brands to add to your shopping lists. 

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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Freelance Fashion Editor

Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor who has been part of Who What Wear's extended team since 2017. She previously worked in print at Look magazine and has since worked across print, digital and social for many other titles, including British Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Refinery29 and Marie Claire. Also a stylist, Harriet has had the pleasure of producing cover shoots and editorials along with commercial shoots for brands including Boux Avenue, Watches of Switzerland, Benefit Cosmetics and Revolution. To add to this, Harriet also works in live TV styling for ITV’s This Morning.

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