Spring is here, and for many of us, it’s a welcome chance to bring our legs back out into the sunlight with a cute spring dress or two! For the petite plus size, this can be easier said than done. Dresses that are meant to be minis may hover past the knee and midi lengths often fit as maxi dresses! Trust me, I understand the petite plus size struggle! If you’ve been following my posts for The Curvy Fashionista, you know that at 4’9″, I’m all about making clothes work for me through tailoring, but it’s so much better when you can get a great fit right off the rack.
I know you petite curvy ladies feel me when I say how next to IMPOSSIBLE it is to do this! Next to impossible, but still doable with a little creativity and shopping know-how and a LOT of web surfing. Have you visited our 8 places to shop for petite plus sizes post? Or why don’t you peruse all of our petite plus size posts here!
I’ve already done the legwork for you, and today, I’m excited to bring you NINE spring dresses that will work for your gorgeous petite plus frames!
Talbot's Impressionist Floral Fit-and-Flare Dress $189.00
Talbot's offers a more classic and conservative fit and styling, but this dress also happens to be in line with the artsy prints that have been popping up all over this spring. So many possibilities with this dress - spring weddings, graduations, work, and more!! I would swap out the belt for one of my own, add an ankle bootie, and a colorful moto jacket to add a little edge and make this dress my own.
Boohoo Lily Plunge Neck Skater Dress in Cobalt or Black $40
This isn't a petite dress, but I've personally tried it out. Notice how short it is on the model? It wasn't that much longer on me! The skater skirt and fit-and-flare shape looks amazing on all body types, and the off-shoulder detail is such a fun touch. It has built-in padding to offer breast support, but it seems to be made for those with smaller chests. I went with a US14. The fit was perfect through the body and arms but too small for my 36-38DDD bust. If you're smaller up top, I highly recommend this dress for a girls' night out or sexy date night.
Land’s End Short Sleeve Lace Sheath $109.00
Have you shopped Land’s End lately? I am more familiar with their swim, but with their dresses and petite options, there is something to definitely give them a looksee, especially with this dress! In petite and plus, there are options here and even if you need a few adjustments, this dress is just gorgeous.
eShakti Stripe Georgette Maxi Shirtdress $94.95
Finding a maxi dress that works for petites usually means cutting off a foot of excess fabric. Finding one with sleeves that fit in the proper place isn't likely. Finding a shirtdress that perfectly fits the bust, shoulders, hips, and accommodates a shorter stature? Priceless. When you're petite plus, custom fit is really the way to go when possible. Shirtdresses are right on trend for spring, and who doesn't love a maxi dress in warm weather?
Smart Glamour The Ariana Convertible Dress $50
Speaking of custom-fit, Smart Glamour's Ariana convertible dress provides another great maxi dress option for petite plus size ladies, while also offering versatility. This dress comes standard as knee-length, but the maxi dress option can be added for just $5 more. Several solid color options are also available.
Simply Be Animal Print Smock Dress $39.95
Did you know that there are a few petite options at Simply Be? YUP and this print is tons of fun and a great option to dress up or down- for work as a sheath with a blazer and then with sky high heels for a night on the town or with flats for the beach!
eShakti Asymmetric Layer Popover Print Dress $99.95
This custom fit option is so fun and easy-breezy. I am all over this modern print with pops of coral. Wear this now with a chic boyfriend blazer and heels for work. Wear later layered over a swimsuit for the perfect beach to drinks look!
Chevron Striped Maxi $98.00
Who said that we cannot wear maxis? With the right scale and cut, we sure can and this black and white chevron maxi from Catherine’s provides the perfect blend of form and fashion! This dress? Has a few options and ways that you can make this work for you! With a change in accessories and shoes, you can have a whole new look!
Talbot's Faux-Wrap Knit Dress in Wild Plum $139
A wrap dress is perfect for all occasions and all seasons. Add low-heeled pumps and a satchel, and you're pretty and polished for work. Opt for cute sandals and a straw bag, and you have a cute weekend look. This dress from Talbot's is available in both petite plus and regular plus sizes.
See something you like? Did we leave out any of your favorite petite plus retailers? Are you reaching for dresses this spring?