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Long Dresses For People With Short Legs

Alicia Lansom
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When it comes to winter dressing, petite people can often get away with shopping in straight-fit sections. A fluffy jumper which appears a little baggier than usual isn’t going to be the most obvious thing in the world. Once the warm weather shows up, however, it’s an entirely different story. Whether you want well-fitting garments to show off in the sunshine or you'd just like to avoid tripping over your hem while walking in the park, securing spring styles that properly fit a shorter frame is no easy task for petite shoppers.

With so many warm-weather styles involving a lot of fabric, finding petite-friendly options can be difficult. From flowing maxis to floaty midis, long sundresses that work for smaller frames are often hard to come by. And with so many high street and high-end shops ignoring the petite market altogether, individual styles and wider sizing options are rarely taken into account.

Happily, a selection of brands are offering more than just straight-fit sizes this spring and many have heard petite shoppers' cries for long dresses that work for people who don't have long legs. Whether you're hunting for a classic floral midi dress to wear to your first socially distanced picnic of the year or an easy-breezy maxi for a summer staycation, we’ve rounded up the best long dresses on the market that work for smaller frames.

Click through the slideshow ahead to shop 14 of the best petite-friendly long dresses for spring...

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<br><br><strong>Reformation</strong> Petites Crimini Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.thereformation.com/products/petites-crimini-dress?color=Grenadine&via=Z2lkOi8vcmVmb3JtYXRpb24td2VibGluYy9Xb3JrYXJlYTo6Q2F0YWxvZzo6Q2F0ZWdvcnkvNWE2YWRmZDJmOTJlYTExNmNmMDRlOWM4%20" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Reformation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Reformation</a>


Reformation Petites Crimini Dress, $, available at Reformation
<br><br><strong>Reformation</strong> Petites Embry Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.thereformation.com/products/petites-embry-dress?color=Varenna&via=Z2lkOi8vcmVmb3JtYXRpb24td2VibGluYy9Xb3JrYXJlYTo6Q2F0YWxvZzo6Q2F0ZWdvcnkvNWE2YWRmZDJmOTJlYTExNmNmMDRlOWM4%20" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Reformation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Reformation</a>


Reformation Petites Embry Dress, $, available at Reformation
<br><br><strong>Vero Moda Petite</strong> Smock Day Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.zalando.co.uk/vero-moda-petite-vmcharlotte-smock-dress-day-dress-black-vm021c07o-q11.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zalando" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zalando</a>


Vero Moda Petite Smock Day Dress, $, available at Zalando
<br><br><strong>Boden</strong> Virginie Denim Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.boden.co.uk/en-gb/virginie-denim-dress-dark-denim/sty-w0799-ddn?cat=C1_S2_G189" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Boden" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Boden</a>


Boden Virginie Denim Dress, $, available at Boden
<br><br><strong>New Look</strong> Petite Pink Gingham Shirred Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.newlook.com/uk/womens/clothing/dresses/petite-pink-gingham-shirred-puff-sleeve-midi-dress/p/676742379" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:New Look" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">New Look</a>


New Look Petite Pink Gingham Shirred Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, $, available at New Look
<br><br><strong>New Look</strong> Petite Green Gingham Tiered Hem Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.newlook.com/uk/womens/clothing/dresses/petite-green-gingham-tiered-hem-midi-dress/p/677667009" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:New Look" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">New Look</a>


New Look Petite Green Gingham Tiered Hem Midi Dress, $, available at New Look
<br><br><strong>Noisy May</strong> Petite Denim Midi Smock Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.asos.com/noisy-may-petite/noisy-may-petite-denim-midi-smock-dress-in-black/prd/22402150" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


Noisy May Petite Denim Midi Smock Dress, $, available at ASOS
<br><br><strong>ASOS DESIGN</strong> Petite Midi Tiered Smock Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.asos.com/asos-petite/asos-design-petite-midi-tiered-smock-in-camel-and-black-check/prd/21652371" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


ASOS DESIGN Petite Midi Tiered Smock Dress, $, available at ASOS
<br><br><strong>Pieces Petite</strong> Pcanja Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.zalando.co.uk/pieces-petite-pcanja-midi-dress-shirt-dress-blackbrownpurple-pit21c01e-q11.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zalando" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zalando</a>


Pieces Petite Pcanja Midi Dress, $, available at Zalando
<br><br><strong>Next</strong> Emma Willis Wrap Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.next.co.uk/g68267s2/407636#407636" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Next" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Next</a>


Next Emma Willis Wrap Dress, $, available at Next
<br><br><strong>Reformation</strong> Petites Solstice Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.thereformation.com/products/petites-solstice-dress?color=Khaki&via=Z2lkOi8vcmVmb3JtYXRpb24td2VibGluYy9Xb3JrYXJlYTo6Q2F0YWxvZzo6Q2F0ZWdvcnkvNWE2YWRmZDJmOTJlYTExNmNmMDRlOWM4%20" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Reformation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Reformation</a>


Reformation Petites Solstice Dress, $, available at Reformation
<br><br><strong>Reformation</strong> Petites Brecken Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.thereformation.com/products/petites-brecken-dress?color=Sand" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Reformation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Reformation</a>


Reformation Petites Brecken Dress, $, available at Reformation
<br><br><strong>Topshop</strong> Check Taffeta Day Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.zalando.co.uk/topshop-petite-check-taffeta-day-dress-green-tq021c02r-m11.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zalando" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zalando</a>


Topshop Check Taffeta Day Dress, $, available at Zalando
<br><br><strong>Boden</strong> Veronica Maxi Dress - Milkshake, Trailing Posy, $, available at <a href="https://www.boden.co.uk/en-gb/veronica-maxi-dress-milkshake-trailing-posy/sty-w0744-lpk" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Boden" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Boden</a>


Boden Veronica Maxi Dress - Milkshake, Trailing Posy, $, available at Boden

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