I want to preface that I’m 4’11”: 99% of the time, this makes for fewer options. While inconvenient, my height leads to discovering fashion tricks to look taller and leaner. For longer dresses, I realized a while ago that I likely will never find a fitting style in stores, due to limited inventory. However, with some filtered searches, I’m able to stumble upon options online that fit my petite frame.
mid-length dresses > Full
One of my tricks is that seldom (actually, never) get full-length dresses – instead, mid (or, “tea” length) dresses will suffice. The red dress is actually supposed to be shorter on someone with a taller figure.
I love Dress the Population, sometimes discounted at Nordstrom, that carries extended sizes. Here, I got one of my favorite dresses that I wore to the Fashion Scholarship Fund gala, as well as to a wedding.
Look at "Juniors" Sizes
There are a few gems that don’t look like they’re for teenagers only. I love to browse the selection at Dillard’s , especially when I’m looking for occasion pieces.