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Reader E-Mail: "Where Can I Find A Maxi Dress That I Won't Trip Over?"

June 21, 2010 by Aria Hughes
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Maxi dresses are comfortable and make a statement, but they can pose problems for petites. The wrong maxi dress will make you look like you’re drowning in fabric, and if it’s the wrong length you will trip. A petite reader wanted to know where she could find maxi dresses for her small frame. We did some digging and here’s what we found:

Some prints, especially on a maxi dress, can overwhelm a petite frame. For a solid option, buy this Banana Republic petite racerback patio dress ($150). It’s 100% silk, cut for petites, and it hits right at the ankle–meaning you won’t fall over every time you walk.

The olive color on this J. Jill Pleated Maxi Dress ($129) is the perfect canvas for all of your bright summer accessories. Because it’s made of pima cotton and modal, you will feel like you’re wearing your favorite pajamas, but still look incredibly chic. The empire waist and subtle pleating details add on volume, but it isn’t overpowering.

If you prefer a print, get this Juicy Couture “Felicity” Floral-Print Silk Maxi Dress ($229.60, down from $328). The print is small so it won’t overpower your frame, and the silk fabric will move with your body making for lots of dramatic entrances.

A long column of fabric with no shape will do nothing for petites. This A|Wear Eclectic Printed Silk Maxi Dress ($101.45) is loose, but it has has an empire waist and an asymmetrical hem that makes short legs appear longer.

For the perfect undergarments to wear with your new maxi dress, check out our guides to the best strapless bras, the best cheap bras, the best bras for small busts, and the best Spanx.

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