18 Petite Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses That Will Fit Just Right

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Three petite mother-of-the-bride dresses
Photos, left to right: Lord & Taylor, Karen Millen, Karen Millen
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  • Sofia writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide with a specialty in fashion and e-commerce.
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Updated Jan 30, 2024
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So, you've accompanied your daughter to countless bridal salon appointments and helped her pick out the dress of her dreams. Now it's your turn, Mom. As mother-of-the-bride, you likely have a lot on your plate, and treating yourself to a stylish new outfit is certainly in order. But if you're 5'4" or under, finding the perfect petite mother-of-the-bride dress can feel like more of a chore. Trust me, at 5'1", I'm all too familiar with the struggle of trying on dresses that simply weren't made for my body type and the letdown that comes with it. But as your expert source on all things petite fashion, I'm here to help save you the stress.

I've searched the internet to find the best mother-of-the-bride dresses designed specifically for petites, and spoiler alert: you're going to love them. The best part is that you can seamlessly shop them all with the click of a button. Keep reading to find your favorite, then with all the time you've saved, you can check out our guide to mother-of-the-bride attire etiquette.

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Where to Buy Petite Dresses for Mother-of-the-Bride

Shopping for petite mother-of-the-bride dresses isn't quite as hard as it seems— when you know exactly where to look. These four retailers are a few of our go-to's for dresses that fit as they should and look great.

Karen Millen: Not only does this designer brand offer an incredible selection of petite-friendly options, but they also have a section on their website dedicated specifically to petite mother-of-the-bride dresses. Whether you're shopping for a casual backyard wedding or an elegant black tie affair, you're sure to find something to love on their site.

Anthropologie: Chances are, you're already familiar with Anthropologie thanks to their beloved clothing and home decor selections. But did you know they're also one of the leading destinations to shop for petite dresses? On their website, you'll find countless looks from brands you know and love. Plus, they've got plenty of shoes and accessories to help you top off your look.

Nordstrom: What mom doesn't love a trip to Nordstrom? They're our one-stop shop for all things wedding attire. On their website, they even have a dedicated edit of petite-mother-of-the-bride dresses. Plus, you truly can't beat the convenience of having countless locations throughout the country for in-store pickups, returns, and alterations.

Nuuly: Maybe you don't want to splurge on a brand-new dress if you're only planning on wearing it once (we get it). With Nuuly you can rent six looks at a time for one convenient price and you'll be set for the entire wedding weekend. The best part is they have plenty of petite options from all your favorite brands and designers. P.S.: You can use the code 'THEKNOT20' to get $20 off your first rental.

The Best Petite Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses for 2024

Ready to start shopping? These petite dresses for mother-of-the-bride are all editor-approved and guaranteed to look fabulous on your child's special day. Keep scrolling till you find the one for you, and then complete your look with one of our favorite pairs of wedding guest shoes.

Karen Millen Petite Premium Embroidered Beaded Organdie Woven Maxi Dress

Karen Millen petite embroidered maxi mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Karen Millen

As an extra special guest, you deserve an extra special dress, and this one certainly fits the bill. Sheer bishop sleeves and elegant floral embroidery are just a few of its standout features.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal
Size Range: 0P - 12P | Length: Midi | Colors: 1

By Anthropologie Tiered Poplin Midi Dress in Blue Motif

By Anthropologie petite midi blue floral mother of the bride dress
Photo: Anthropologie

This midi dress' charming blue floral design will instantly transport you to the island of Capri. It's the perfect way to get yourself into vacation mode (even if you're staying local for the wedding).

Dress Code: Semi-Formal
Size Range: XXSP - XLP | Length: Midi | Colors: 2

Anthropologie Puff-Sleeve Lace Dress

Anthropologie black puff-sleeve lace petite mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Nuuly

You'll be looking lovely in lace once you step into this dress, Mom. Opt for a classic all-black ensemble, or go bold by adding a pop of color. Either way, you're guaranteed to impress the other guests.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal
Size Range: 0P - 16P | Length: Midi | Colors: 1

Pankaj & Nidhi Floral Chiffon Ruffle Maxi Dress

Pankaj & Nidhi petite floral maxi mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Nuuly

This flutter-sleeved maxi dress has "garden wedding" written all over it. Its colorful floral print and all-over ruffle detailing offer a whimsical look you're sure to love.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal
Size Range: XXSP - XLP | Length: Maxi | Colors: 1

Karen Millen Petite Vintage Floral Print Prom Woven Maxi Dress

Karen Millen floral petite mother-of-the-bride tea-length dress
Photo: Karen Millen

If you're attending a wedding at an upscale venue, like a country club or villa, you'll want to dress the part. Luckily, this tea-length dress is oh-so-elegant and perfectly proportioned for petites.

Dress Code: Formal
Size Range: 0P - 12P | Length: Tea | Colors: 1

Xscape Petite Lexi Side-Slit Scuba V-Neck Party Dress in Black

Xscape petite black mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Xscape

This dress is ready to party (it even says so in the name). Pair with a bold statement necklace for an elegant black-tie ensemble.

Dress Code: Black-Tie
Size Range: 4P - 16P | Length: Maxi | Colors: 3

Betsy & Adam Floral Print Ruffle Chiffon Gown

Betsy & Adam green floral petite mother-of-the-bride gown
Photo: Nordstrom

They say April showers bring May flowers but we love this look for any time of year. Aside from its vibrant floral print, it also features a classic A-line silhouette and whimsical ruffle detailing.

Dress Code: Formal
Size Range: 2P - 14P | Length: Maxi | Colors: 1

The Odetta Ruffled V-Neck Dress in Green Motif

Anthropologie green floral petite mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Anthropologie

This long-sleeved look is perfect for autumn nuptials. Pair with suede boots or a set of mules and you'll be all set for a casual wedding.

Dress Code: Casual
Size Range: XXSP - XLP | Length: Midi | Colors: 2

White House Black Market Petite Pleated Halter Midi Dress

White House Black Market black petite mother-of-the-bride midi dress
Photo: White House Black Market

When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a little black dress. This classic option features a halter neckline and a lightweight pleated skirt.

Dress Code: Cocktail
Size Range: 00P - 16P | Length: Midi | Colors: 1

Karen Millen Petite Sketched Botanical Plunge Woven Maxi Dress

Karen Millen petite floral maxi mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Karen Millen

Any fashion-forward mom is guaranteed to love this look. Bishop sleeves, a pleated shirt, and an intricate floral print are just a few of the elegant details that set it apart.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal
Size Range: 0P - 12P | Length: Midi | Colors: 1

Connected Apparel Tonya Red Floral Cowl Neck Midi Dress in Red

Connected Apparel red floral midi petite mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Connected Apparel

Talk about a throwback. This cowl neck midi dress, featuring a red floral design, is giving major '90s vibes and we're obsessed.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal
Size Range: 4P - 14P | Length: Midi | Colors: 6

Boden Joanna Jersey Midi Wrap Dress in Black

Boden black jersey wrap midi petite mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Boden

This versatile midi dress is guaranteed to become your new go-to. Its classic wrap silhouette can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal
Size Range: 2P - 12P | Length: Midi | Colors: 3

Printer Johnson Long-Sleeve V-Neck Textured Midi Dress

Printer Johnson midi petite mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Nuuly

This trendy petite mother of the bride dress proves that style has no age limit. Its eye-catching butterfly print and sheer bishop sleeves make a serious statement.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal
Size Range: XXSP - XLP | Length: Midi | Colors: 1

Maeve Floral Wrap Maxi Dress

Maeve petite floral wrap maxi mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Anthropologie

Here's a look that's totally summer wedding-ready. Its sleeveless design will let you show off your sunkissed tan while its breezy silhouette will keep you cool on the dance floor.

Dress Code: Casual
Size Range: 0P - 8P | Length: Midi | Colors: 1

White House Black Market Petite Sleeveless Satin Draped Fit & Flare Midi

White House Black Market satin midi petite mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: White House Black Market

Keep things classic with this streamlined satin midi dress. Its timeless A-line silhouette will have you reaching for it for years to come.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal
Size Range: 00P - 18P | Length: Midi | Colors: 1

Xscape Petite Jill Off The Shoulder Long Lace Dress in Sage

Xscape petite long lace mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Xscape

Make a grand entrance in this elegant evening gown. Because it was designed specifically for petites, you won't have to worry about compromising its intricate design with alterations.

Dress Code: Formal
Size Range: 2P - 16P | Length: Maxi | Colors: 2

Connected Apparel Tina Charcoal Sequin Lace Cowl Neck Dress in Charcoal

Connected Apparel charcoal sequin petite mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Connected Apparel

Here's a classic cocktail dress you're guaranteed to have on repeat throughout wedding season and beyond. The sequined lace mini dress pairs perfectly with patent pumps and a red lip.

Dress Code: Cocktail
Size Range: 4P - 14P | Length: Mini | Colors: 2

R&M Richards Print Lurex Chiffon Cape Dress with Rhinestone Neck Detail

R&M Richards print chiffon petite cape mother-of-the-bride dress
Photo: Lord & Taylor

For moms looking for something a little less traditional, we love this cape-sleeved style. Made from lightweight chiffon fabric and featuring an A-line silhouette, it's as comfortable as it is cute.

Dress Code: Cocktail
Size Range: 4P - 14P | Length: Mini | Colors: 1

Petite Studio Celina Dress

Petite Studio red and white floral dress
Photo: Petite Studio

Dress this look up with nude pumps for a wedding or down with sandals for a day at the beach. Either way, you're guaranteed to love its stylish silhouette and comfortable fit.

Dress Code: Casual
Size Range: XXSP - LP | Length: Midi | Colors: 1

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