I'm 5'2, here's the 24 Best Summer Dresses for Petites


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As I'm starting to purchase dresses for my summer trip, I thought I would share some of my favorite petite dresses for the warmer months. A lot of these dresses are petite-approved based on customer reviews and the size guide. If you don't love these picks, keep an eye out for more dress inspo at the end of the article with my favorite stores that carry petite dress collections. Okay, lets get into the best summer dresses for petites!

24 best summer dresses for petites (2024)


This is actually from the petite section at Princess Polly. Has great reviews and is such a great staple for the summer time 

petite women wearing linen dress for summer
Princess Polly

2. Reformation Petites Balia Linen Dress

This petite linen dress is from Reformations petite collection. The cinched waist gives it a very European vibe to it.

If you're going to Europe this summer, check out these cute and comfortable dresses for Europe.

red linen maxi dress for petites

3. Tall Maxine button-back dress in linen

This petite dress is made from 100% linen so it's super lightweight and breathable for warmer months. Love the way they styled it with the cuff bracelets and sun hat.

Comes in petite sizing! 

light blue linen dress petite
J. Crew

4. Sndys Tahlia Mini Dress

People in the reviews are complaining that this dress was too short for them, so it's perfect length for us petite girls lol. Honeslty, great price too for Revolve.

petite women wearing pink sun dress

5. Zimmerman Tiered pompom-embellished crocheted cotton mini dress

This petite summer dress is from Zimmerman which typically runs small. It's currently 40% off on the Outnet! If you don't love this style, definitely check out the Outnet summer dress collection for affordable designer pieces.

colorful crochet mini dress for summer

6. Free People Iyla Smocked Mini Dress

Definitely petite friendly. A lot of customers who are under 5'4 are saying the length and fit was good. This would be a great dress for a tropical vacation to Hawaii or Mexico.

One specific buyer said, "What an awesome dress! It fit me exactly the way it looked on the model; I’m 5’1, 100 lbs, and ordered XS. You can adjust the neckline/ sides through the top laces. No side boob issues for me (30D). I bought the blue and it is not see through. Great to wear during hot or sticky weather." 

yellow textured mini dress petite
Free People

7. Abercrombie Ruffle Strap Maxi Petite Dress

Really good reviews on this dress from Abercrombie! It looks like it would be from Zimmerman or another high end brand. 

women wearing pink ruffle maxi dress for petites

8. Peppermayo Keira Linen Mini Dress - Blue Choc Stripe

Peppermayo has the cutest dresses for summer. Love this halter neck striped linen dress. Pair with starfish earrings and brown leather sandals.

women waring halter linen dress for hot weather

9. Quince Tencel Jersey Fit & Flare Petite Dress

A great dress for petites! This is short on the model, so will fit like a maxi dress for us. Comes in several different colors too if you're looking for something more vibrant.

One verified buyer said, "This is my fifth time buying this dress (wine). I'm 5'2 so it's like a maxi length. The short version hits just below the knee. It's very soft and comfortable, easy to put a sweater on over it when it's cold. Really twirly. I'd like lighter colors, not sure what's up with these dark additions for spring time. But I love this dress. I would love this silhouette with short sleeves."

petite maxi dress for summer brown

10. Petal & Pup Sola Cutout Cotton Mini dress for summer

A good Cult Gaia dupe. Made from 100% cotton which is perfect for the summer months. 

One verified buyer said, "The color is perfect and this dress is so flattering!! Love it"

cut out mini tank dress red

11. By Anthropologie Hanky-Hem Strapless Midi Dress

Its giving summer in Tuscany 

strapless white striped midi dress petite

12. Petite Studio Maisy Blue Floral Summer Dress

Petite Studio NYC only makes clothing for petites! This comes in size XXS too. Definitely check them out - they have a big selection of summer dresses, basics, denim, knitwear, and more.

petite girl wearing blue floral dress
Petite Studio NYC

13. Mango Gathered dress with sweetheart neckline

A great wedding guest dress for the summer. Sweetheart neckline, printed ruched fabric, and a front oprning detail will definitely make you stand out. It's fitted, so it will fit your petite body frame nicely. 

printed midi dress for petites

14. Asta Resort Sofia Mini Dress

Customer who are above 5'4 said this dress is short, so it should fit our bodies nicely. This dress is from Astra Resort - an emerging brand that you probably have seen on your Instagram feed. They're known for making vibrant and sparkly summer dresses.

asta resort mini dress blue

15. Anthropologie Maeve Polkadot Summer Mini Dress

Comes in petite sizing and other prints/colors.

A customer who is 4'11 said, "I thought this dress was a romper. When I saw it was a dress and polkadots I had to try on. I love polkadots. This dress fit like it was made for me. So comfortable. First summer dress fo the season and one of my favorites. Don't hesitate to buy. I'm petite and the XS regular fit. I'm 4'11 and 116 lbs for reference."

polkadot mini square neck dress
Free People

16. Liora Lacey Cotton Mini Dress

I am obsessed with this pastel yellow color for the summer. It comes in black too!

One customer said, "Tall girlies be aware it is on the shorter side but so cute still!" 

pastel yellow short dress edikted

18. Peppermayo Into Pieces Mesh Maxi Dress - Hazel Bloom

Another great find from Peppermayo - comes in white and yellow. This is kinda giving Etro or Pucci vibes for $83

strapless floral cut out maxi dress

19. Mango Draped neckline yellow dress

This color will be THE color for this summer. Pair this with a Prada beach bag, pearl choker, and strappy sandals.

yellow summer dress for petites

20. Mango Jacquard open back summer dress white

Obsessed!! This looks like it could be $400 from Fwrd or Neiman Marcus. The cherry on top is that this has an open back too. (belt not included)

white sheer maxi dress open back mango

21. Wenrine Womens Sleeveless Summer Dress

Had to put an amazon dress in here for my amazon lovers. I like this dress because you can wear it as a mini dress by scrunching it up, or a midi dress by pulling it down. Comes in a lot of different colors too. 

One buyer said, "Seriously…just add to cart. Most flattering dress I own. It feels like it was made just for me! It’s so hard to find good fitting clothes being 5’1” & petite. This midi dress is perfection. I ordered size XS even though small was recommended. It’s very stretchy. I’m glad I went with my normal size. If you want a more loose fit, order one size up."

affordable summer dress from amazon

22. Maygel Coronel Liri Petite Dress

Wear this for a summer night party or a fancy dinner on vacation. It comes in One size so it's most likely stretchy/spandex material..

maygel coronel lilac petite maxi dress for the summer

23. Sir The Label Frankie Gathered Midi Dress

SIR the label has petite sizing! Very chic dress to wear to a summer event or on vacation for a formal dinner.

printed midi dress for the summer
Neiman Marcus

24. Abercrombie Scarf Slip Mini Summer Dress

So chic and elegant. One customer who is 5'2 said, "I LOVE this dress! Very elegant and fits so well! I’d you’re thinking about buying it, get it!"

silk slip dress chic

Other Summer Dress Collections to Browse

Check out Doen for good quality and unique dress designs that are perfect for summer.

Loving these bright colors for summer 2024

Obviously had to include Revolve in here. They have timeless dresses but also vibrant and trendy styles as well. 

Best places to buy summer dresses for petites

There are a lot of retailers that don't sell petite sizing which makes it so difficult to find clothing that actually fits us right. Luckily, there are a handful of stores now that create petite collections which saves us trips to the alterations. Here are just a couple:

Abercrombie & Fitch: They have a dedicated petite section with dresses tailored to smaller waists and heights! They even have petite denim with lengths ranging from "extra short" and "short". No wonder they have had such a big come up in the recent years.

Petite Studio: they're based in New York and solely only make petite clothing, hence the name. They're known to have high quality summer dresses, knitwear, denim, and more. Definitely worth checking out.

Reformation: this brand is big on making sustainable and eco-frindly clothing. Their styles are more on the simple side, but they also have trendy prints and styles as well. They have an entire collection catered to petites ranging from tailored pants, summer dresses, and denim.

Free People & Anthropologie: this retailer offers a bohemian-inspired aesthetic with a huge selection of items ranging from summer dresses, denim, shorts, tops, and even accessories. Most of their clothes, mainly dresses, have the option of choosing petite

J. Crew: I love J. Crew because most of their styles are simple and versatile and can be worn all year round. The third dress on this list is from J. Crew and comes in petite plus other colors as well. I also love how their timeless designs can be dressed up or down for any summer occasion!

how to style your petite summer dress

When it comes to styling summer dresses, I like to go the simple route.

Opt for a lightweight maxi or mini dress with your favorite pair of flats or strappy sandals. Finish off with sunglasses, a big shoulder bag, and a necklace of your choice. I'd go with a layered pearl choker. 

If you're wanting to dress up your summer dresses, go for a neutral colored dress. Pair it with pointy toe sling-backs, a chic clutch, and delicate earrings. Remember, comfort is key especially during the warmer months! 


Don't forget to check out these petite wide leg jeans!

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