As warm weather has officially arrived I have been all about adding great casual summer dresses to my closet. I love having causal dresses I can just throw on and go in the summer especially since I have never been a big shorts person as an adult. Skirts and dresses to me are just far more comfortable and easy to rock during the summer.
These casual summer dresses are some of the best fitting and most comfortable in my closet and ones I continue to return to time and time again when I need something quick to throw on without much thought. I mean, lets be honest, the best part about a dress that you don’t have to try and match an entire outfit. Its just one piece and go.
I can’t be the only petite women out there who struggles finding casual summer dresses. I mean to long, to big, awkward proportions, sleeves hitting wrong, oh you name it I am sure we have all encountered the struggle of trying to find the perfect dress for any or every occasion.
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Casual Summer Dresses
What To Look For In Casual Summer Dresses?
Depending on the type of casual summer dresses there are a couple different things you can look for, especially when shopping online, that can help you ensure the perfect fit. Petite dresses can be tricky however here are some general rules of thumb to help.
For longer dresses keep the hem length in mind as that’s going to be one of the hardest things to figure out when determining whether a petite dress is going to fit. For example when looking for a high low or Maxi dress the longest it should be is around 50-55 inches for a perfect fit that won’t be to long but if you want to wear your maxi dresses with wedges it will still looking flattering. You can of course always take them to the tailor and have them shortened as I do with many of mine.
If you are looking for a petite spring dress that is perfect length to hit you in the middle thigh then look for something around 30 inches from shoulder to hem. That way it won’t be to long or hit you awkwardly around your knees or anything.
If the dress has a narrower or tighter fit I would suggest something that is just a tad bit longer because it will scrunch or bunch up on the bottom and you don’t want to risk any malfunctions that can occur if your dress rides up.
Make sure you also pay attention to the bust size and other measurements. I am on the large chested side and so sometimes dresses can be to tight in that area making it hard to shop online because there are times when certain styles of dresses that don’t stretch to allow for any extra breathing room can be uncomfortable even though they fit everywhere else.
Hopefully this post will help you find some great petite spring dresses to rock this season and ensure they fit properly. If you need help measuring your chest size for the perfect dress fit or to know how many inches you need in the bust of your dress, I have an entire post about how to find the perfect fitting petite bras that will help show you how to measure here.