10 Petite Maxi Dresses That'll Fit Just Right

Everyone's screaming about their favorite maxi dresses for summer, but as a petite person, shopping for the warm-weather staple might get a bit complicated. After all, maxi dresses' most important element is their length. When you're 5'4" or under (the typical height for petite sizing), that length gets tricky.

Thankfully, SwearBy has rounded up 10 petite maxi dresses for a myriad of summer occasions. From dresses suitable for the upcoming wedding on your calendar to options for beach days to casual looks for Sunday brunch, there's a bit of everything on this list.

If you've been on the hunt for a petite max dress, check out these 10 options to get your shopping started.

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If simple and chic is your go-to, this minimalist petite maxi dress is for you. Made from stretch knit fabric, it’s sure to be one of your most comfortable pieces, and thanks to its effortless design, the dress is perfect for traveling, beach and pool days, or even a night out option with a pair of heels.

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Petites Solstice Dress

For neutral lovers, this smocked, fitted bodice dress from Reformation is ideal. Coming in both black and khaki, it’s ideal for chill summer daytime outings as well as dressier evenings.

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ASOS DESIGN Petite Bandeau Maxi Sundress with Pockets

For those whose maxi dress needs to be comfortable, beach-ready options, meet this adorable strapless dress from ASOS. With a flowy silhouette from the elasticized bustline all the way to the hem, it screams comfort and ease. Throw in pockets (yes, really!) and cute slide slits, and it’s the perfect choice for your next vacation.

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Fit & Flare Sleeveless Tie-Shoulder Floral-Embroidered Maxi Swing Dress for Women

This dress might look like a classic tiered maxi, but when you look closer, you start to notice the cute subtle details. A floral eyelet pattern dots the entire dress, and there are hidden pockets on the side of the skirt as well. Pair those elements with those cute tie straps, and you’ve got the perfect casual maxi dress.

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Felicity Embroidered Maxi Dress

First, let’s talk about how stunning this turquoise is paired with the pops of yellow embroidery. Alongside the color, this maxi features a cute (and unique in the world of maxi dresses) square-cut neckline as well as pintuck details. Plus, it has both style and functionality. There are no zippers or buttons, so you can pull this on and head out the door, and yes, there are pockets.

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Flounced Maxi Lounge Dress

Sit back and grab a tropical cocktail in this maxi dress. With a pretty, bright fuchsia floral pattern standing out boldly against black fabric, it’s the perfect subtle pop of color and print. Add in a plunging v-shaped back (and adjustable straps for comfort), and this has “add to cart” written all over it.

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Petite High-Low Maxi Dress

Those looking for a piece that’s a bit more fitted will love this A-line silhouette dress from J.Crew that features an asymmetrical high-low hem, cute striped details, and tank sleeves. Throw on a pair of sneakers, and it’s the perfect weekend brunch look.

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Petite Vine Tie Back Strappy Maxi Dress

Who says black and white has to be boring? This bold floral pattern is proof that these two neutral shades can combine for a fab maxi dress fit for a party. A criss-cross tie gives interest to the back and a subtle sweetheart neckline accents the front. While sure, maxi dresses are perfect casual looks for summer, this beauty is perfect for your next event.

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Pleated Side Cut-Out Maxi Dress

Yes, thank you, there is such a thing as a sexy maxi dress. This peachy coral-toned frock from Express is proof. With a sweetheart neckline and side cutouts, it’s not your average maxi. However, if you’ve got a wedding to attend or events this summer, it’ll make the perfect piece for evenings out.

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Petite Ramie Gathered Maxi Dress

While many maxi silhouettes feature relaxed waists and flowing silhouettes, this design from Banana Republic has a fitted tie-waist that adds a bit more shape to the look. The gathered neckline gives a bit of added detail, and the swing skirt still has a beachy, casual vibe.