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Where to buy petite evening dresses

If you're petite, trying to find evening dresses designed for your figure can be tricky. With hem lines a little too long, and shapes which just don't fit, it's important to find a piece designed for the petite figure. This article will give you tips on finding pieces which will accentuate your petite frame.

Summery cocktails

With the summer sunshine upon people, summery cocktails are a great option for petite's evening wear, especially for those summer parties, barbecues and wedding parties. High Street hit Miss Selfridge have many gorgeous floral dresses in their exclusive petites range, where you'll find some special pieces as well as some of the main ranges. Designer D and G are also recognised for their floral prints and have some gorgeous cocktail style dresses as well as alternatives such as play suits.

LBD

Little black dresses are always a classic option and a versatile staple for any ladies wardrobe. If you want a petite LBD, ASOS is a great online catalogue who have petite women;s clothing and many little black dresses from a number of different brands. You can use the menu to select only the petite pieces. There are also a number of specialist petite dresses stores such as Yo-Shortie and Petite Affair, who design clothing for petite ladies. John Lewis currently have many small black dresses from petite ranges, which are available both in store and online.

Ballgown glamour

For petites, formal wear can be difficult because most mainstream ranges have full length ball gowns which are too long and drown a small frame. Fortunately, ASOS, the online clothing store has women's wear for the shorter women, as well as a great range of evening wear in ladies plus sizes. ASOS is also one of the best value women's clothes stores for shorter women. Hot picks of the ASOS evening wear range is the women's ASOS Petite Salon One Shoulder Cocktail Dress. This fabulous black and white dress is elegant and is perfect for working that sexy monochrome Audrey Hepburn look. The ruched front and flattering pencil skirt bottom half creates that sought-after hourglass figure, while the attractive one shoulder detail adds a touch of unique glamour. Priced at £55.00, this petite dress is affordable evening wear at its best. *Prices are correct as of 03.08.11

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