31 Petite Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because We’re Tired of Having Everything Hemmed

Maggie Griswold
31 Petite Summer Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because We’re Tired of Having Everything Hemmed
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If there’s one thing to love about summer, it’s the incredible array of cute maxi dresses available. However, if you’re under 5’4″—like I am—you probably tend to skip over this adorable warm-weather trend because everything is too damn long and getting dresses hemmed is such a hassle. Rather than miss out on some of the cutest dresses of the season, though, I decided to hunt for petite summer maxi dresses—and I actually found quite a few. (If you want to do a little happy dance, feel free. I won’t judge; this is exciting!)

The day I discovered petite clothing was truly a glorious one. I try to buy petites whenever I can—especially in bottoms—because they make my life so much easier. (Of course, as someone who also wears plus sizes in certain items of clothing, petites in extended sizes are typically not readily available. This is a completely separate issue, but I wanted to touch on it, because I’m sure some of you petite gals also fall outside the classic straight-size range.) If you’ve ever known the pain of seeing a cute pair of jeans, a jumpsuit or maxi dress that you wanted but knew it would just be too long, this shopping guide is for you.

From maxi dresses in on-trend tie-dye to maxis you could wear to any summer party (and probably be the best dressed guest), there are so many ways to rock these petite maxi dresses. There’s basically a maxi dress for any occasion, so you’ll want to stock up to keep your summer wardrobe ready to rumble. It’s time to free your legs from the confines of pants and slip into summer with these 31 super cute petite maxi dresses.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

1. I.N.C. Petite Tie-Dye Maxi Dress, $89.55 at Macy’s

Tie-dye is super on-trend for summer 2019, and this maxi is a cute way to rock it.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

2. Farm Rio Lantanas Maxi Dress, $240 at Anthropologie

This maxi dress is so easy and breezy.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

3. Petite Soft Satin Maxi Dress, $75 at Banana Republic

Pretty in pink all summer long.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

4. Tropical Maxi Dress, $180 at Anthropologie

This dress gives me all the tropical vibes.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

5. Petite Stripe Maxi Shirt Dress, $75 at Banana Republic

The perfect dress to wear to work or shopping on the weekend.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

6. Colima Maxi Dress, $160 at Anthropologie

Boho, boho and more boho.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

7. DESIGN Petite Broderie Maxi Dress, $72 at ASOS

The puffy sleeves trend is always so cute.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

8. Petite Stripe Tiered Maxi Dress, $75 at Banana Republic

Pair this maxi with a denim jacket, and you’re good to go.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

9. Embroidered Shirtdress, $260 at Anthropologie

I’m honestly obsessed with this beautiful dress.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

10. Petite Chevron Flounce Maxi Dress, $129 at Loft

Marigold is 2019’s favorite color.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

11. TFNC Petite Bardot Pleated Foil Maxi Dress, $108 at Anthropologie

You’d be the best dressed at any summer party in this maxi.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

12. Tie-Back Stripe Maxi Dress, $99 at Talbots

Cute and casual—and perfect for lazy weekends.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

13. Gabriela Ruffled Maxi Dress, $160 at Anthropologie

This maxi dress is just all kinds of cute.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

14. DESIGN Petite Faux Shell Maxi Tea Dress, $45 at ASOS

This button-down maxi gives me all the witchy vibes.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

15. Petite Border-Print Tiered Maxi Dress, $77.70 at Macy’s

This is the type of dress that you’ll want to throw on every day.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

16. Makenna Floral Maxi Dress, $180 at Anthropologie

The straps on this dress are beyond adorable.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

17. Knit Jersey Maxi Dress, $34.50-$99 at Talbots

A classic solid maxi dress is never a bad idea.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

18. DESIGN Petite Maxi Dress in Spliced Animal Print, $45 at ASOS

Get a little wild in this maxi dress.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

19. Petite Leopard Print Maxi Shirtdress, $75 at Banana Republic

Animal prints are slated to be huge this summer. Try out the trend with this cute maxi dress.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

20. DESIGN Petite Woven Stripe Maxi Dress, $51 at ASOS

This maxi dress is perfect for your next beach vacation.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

21. Cora Midi Shirtdress, $160 at Anthropologie

Like I said, tie-dye is super on-trend right now.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

22. MSK Floral Sleeveless Maxi Dress, $39.99 at Stein Mart

An elaborate and beautiful garden, but make it a maxi dress.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

23. Petite Stripe Tiered Maxi Dress, $75 at Banana Republic

I love how simple yet unique this striped maxi dress is.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

24. DESIGN Petite Ultimate T-Shirt Maxi Dress, $23 at ASOS

This really *is* the perfect t-shirt dress.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

25. Petite Floral Tiered Maxi Dress, $75 at Banana Republic

These florals are so pretty for summer.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

26. Fashion Union Petite Maxi Dress, $60 at ASOS

Attending a wedding this summer? This would be the perfect dress to wear.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

27. Gabriela Ruffled Maxi Dress, $160 at Anthropologie

Just another maxi dress with total tropical garden vibes, because can you really have too many?

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

28. Vera Moda Petite Dobby Maxi Dress, $67 at ASOS

This maxi dress is so effortlessly cool.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

29. Petite Floral Ruffle Wrap Dress, $75 at Banana Republic

I love those ruffle details.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

30. DESIGN Petite Slinky Maxi Dress, $45 at ASOS

If this maxi dress isn’t perfect for summer, I don’t know what is.

STYLECASTER | Summer 2019's Cutest Petite Maxi Dresses

31. Melanie Knit Maxi Dress, $140 at Anthropologie

This maxi dress is so easy to throw on and go—and still look like you put in effort.

 

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