The Short Girl's Guide to Long Dresses

Petite women often feel limited in their wardrobe options. It can be tough to wear long dresses when you’re only 5’3”—or shorter. Fortunately, a few simple strategies and the right designer dress rental can accentuate every girl’s natural beauty. Get started finding your perfect dress with the following tips.

Pick the right print.
Prints that are too “busy” tend to overwhelm a small frame, but this doesn’t mean you have to stick to monochromatic prints only. Just match the pattern to your size. If you’re thin, wear a dress with a small print. Petite women who are of average or plus size can wear medium prints. Do try to avoid horizontal stripes, and look for a print that flows from top to bottom. In other words, don’t try a dress with two separate prints for the top and bottom.

Wear a flattering cut.
As a short woman, the cut that will flatter you best is one that is close to the body. Choose long dresses with soft or silk fabrics, preferably those that are cut on the bias. Avoid dresses made from stiff materials that balloon around your frame. Petite women often prefer an empire waist, as this can give the illusion of greater height.

Add some height.
Match your couture dress with a great pair of heels to give yourself a couple of extra inches. Just make sure that your heels aren’t so tall that they’re difficult to walk in. Additionally, your heels shouldn’t be tall enough to turn your floor length gown into an ankle length gown.

Use hemming tape.
You could spend a small fortune in custom tailoring, or you could take a DIY approach with hemming tape. Even if you’re in the habit of renting your designer dresses, you can use temporary hemming tape. Any long dress you purchase can be easily modified with permanent hemming and/or tape. Lending Luxury also offers temporary invisible stitched hems for an additional charge, depending on the fabric.

Thanks to Lending Luxury, women of all heights and shapes can rent gorgeous designer dresses that flatter. And if you fall in love with your dress rental, you can purchase it at an affordable price. Call us at (800) 403-9848 or visit our dress boutique in Tampa, FL.

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