21 Stunning Petite Dresses for Wedding Guests (That Will Actually Fit)

Shopping for dresses and gowns can be a challenge when you're petite—but not when you have options like these.
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by Lauren Levy
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Lauren Levy
The Knot Contributor
  • Lauren writes articles for The Knot Worldwide on a range of topics from Real Weddings and personal essays to registry and fashion.
  • Lauren has a decade of experience in the wedding industry.
  • Lauren was an intern as well as a Real Weddings Editorial Assistant at The Knot.
Updated Nov 02, 2021
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As petite ladies know, shopping isn't always easy. It's common to fall in love with a piece on the rack, only to find that those jeans are several inches too long, or that tea-length skirt is more like a maxi. If you're on the hunt for a petite wedding guest dress that won't make you feel like you're swimming in fabric (or cost hundreds in alterations), the challenge can be real.

Luckily, designers are expanding their offerings to include more size-inclusive options for petite, tall and plus-size shoppers. With this in mind, we rounded up a range of lovely dress options—from lace and beaded gowns to more casual maxi dresses—that will flatter your body type during every wedding on your calendar this year.

Hutch Colorblocked Bow-Tie Maxi Dress

anthropologie black and brown petite strapless wedding guest dress with black bow chest pockets and brown ruffle trimmed pleated skirt

Channel Princess Diana (as well as Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle) in this statement color-blocked dress. The strapless cotton black and brown tea-length dress stuns with an oversized bow, ruffle hemline and beloved functional pockets.

Anaya With Love Petite Bridesmaid Tulle Frill Sleeve Midi Dress

asos light pink petite wedding guest dress with sweetheart neckline ruffled cap sleeves and flowy tulle skirt

With a soft tulle overlay, this pink tea-length dress exudes femininity. Playful ruffles give the illusion of cap sleeves, while a sweetheart neckline (with cup detail and a ruched bodice) make this frilly party dress stand out.

Pisarro Nights Petite Size Sequin Round Neck 3/4 Sleeve Cowl Back Dress

dillard's black and silver petite wedding guest midi dress with mid length sleeves scoop neck allover sequins and tea length skirt

This sparkling black and silver sequin knee-length dress has a surprise cowl back and flattering 3/4-length sleeves for a dramatic yet refined look. The sophisticated style comes in a range of petite sizes, making it a suitable pick for guests who need a more formal attire option.

Maeve Marigold Midi Dress

anthropologie petite wedding guest midi dress with thick straps square neckline multicolored floral print and flowy tea length skirt

This sleeveless midi dress—in a shimmering jacquard floral print—exudes a retro vibe straight out of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. In addition to the simple square neckline, a surprise corset back detail with a long bow adds the perfect feminine touch.

Calvin Klein Petite Puff-Sleeve Sheath Dress

calvin klein green petite wedding guest midi dress with high scoop neckline puffy mid length sleeves and tea length skirt

A flattering silhouette for those with a petite body type, this puff sleeve dress has a high round neckline and exposed gold back zipper detail. Pair the deep green sheath with chic gold accessories for a look that is as stunning as it is timeless.

Collective the Label Petite Statement Shoulder Sweetheart Mini Dress

asos lavender petite wedding guest mini dress with sweetheart neckline puffy long sleeves floral print and short skirt

Bring the drama with this retro-inspired mini party dress. Bold oversized puff long sleeves create a statement silhouette that's softened with a sweetheart neckline and pastel purple floral print.

Ignite Evenings Petite Size Embroidered Soutache Lace Illusion Round Neck Short Sleeve Midi Dress

dillard's' black and silver petite wedding guest midi dress with mesh neckline and short sleeves allover floral embroidery and tea length skirt

The embroidered soutache lace fabric overlay and illusion neckline give this petite dress a luxe feel. Silver embroidery pops against the black underlay, while a timeless A-line skirt makes the silhouette dance floor ready.

Jessica Howard Petite Tie-Waist Popover Dress

macy's fusha petite wedding guest dress with high halter neckline tie waist and high low flowy skirt

Made from flowing lightweight chiffon, this sleeveless A-line dress is easy breezy. A popover silhouette, scoop high neck and high-low hemline allow this vibrant petite pink number to be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Hutch Floral Slip Maxi Dress

anthropologie mustard yellow petite wedding guest dress with thick straps scoop neckline floral print and ruffle trimmed flowy skirt with slit

From the feminine ruffle hemline to the formfitting silhouette, this sleeveless slip dress with a front slit is a sultry take on the traditional evening dress. It comes in a range of sizes (including petite, straight and plus) and features an earthy floral motif that complements fall and winter wedding palettes perfectly.

Jessica Howard Velvet Blouson Dress

macy's purple velvet petite wedding guest dress with high scoop neckline flowy mid length sleeves and knee length skirt

With draped dolman 3/4-length sleeves, this knee-length velvet knockout is an ideal cold-weather wedding guest dress. A hint of subtle shimmer pops throughout the deep purple, adding a more formal vibe to the sheath silhouette.

Anaya With Love Petite Bridesmaid Tulle One Shoulder Ruffle Tiered Dress

asos light pink petite wedding guest dress with one shoulder sleeve allover tulle and tiered tulle flowy skirt

With tiers of lightweight tulle, this one-shoulder dress isn't just a bridesmaid dress. For those looking for a petite wedding guest dress, this playful option has a flattering pleated bodice with an A-line skirt that hits just below the knee.

Reformation Petites Winslow Dress

reformation plain green petite wedding guest dress with v-neckline flowy mid length sleeves tied waist and flowy pleated skirt

Whether you're looking for a versatile wedding guest dress or a bridesmaid dress that friends can wear again, this petite maxi dress wins. Available in a range of solid hues and a floral print option, this adjustable wrap dress is a swoon-worthy petite wedding guest dress option.

Alex Evenings Petite Sequined Gown

macy's navy blue metallic petite wedding guest dress with v-neckline cap sleeves allover sequin lace and flowy pleated skirt

This shimmering long dress is covered in sequins that come together to create a floral illusion pattern. Short sleeves, a modest V-neckline and godet inserts at the hem complete this formal look. The best part? Because it's a petite style, you probably won't have to get it hemmed, so you can splurge on a new accessory instead.

Alex Marie Petite Size Rosalia Long Split Sleeve Mock Neck Tiered A-Line Dress

dillard's navy petite wedding guest dress with puffy split long sleeves floral print tied waist and ruffle tiered knee length skirt

A high mock neckline, split sheer long sleeves and tiered skirt work together to give this floral print dress a modest yet modern vibe. However, it's the unexpected touches—like the cuff detail and flattering tie at the waist—that make this winter wedding guest dress a stand out.

ASOS DESIGN Petite Blouson Drape Sleeve Maxi Dress

asos pale orange petite wedding guest dress with v-neckline off the shoulder beaded lined sleeves and high low ruffle trimmed flowy skirt

This high-low maxi dress is all about the ruffles, with a double ruffle high-low hemline and frill details that are balanced with edgy embellishments along the cold-shoulder sleeves. A plunging V-neck complements the wrap bodice and the lightweight chiffon gives this dress a floaty feel.

Hutch Rosa Floral Wrap Maxi Dress

anthropologie maroon petite wedding guest dress with v-neckline puffy mid length sleeves tie waist allover textured floral material and flowy pleated skirt

From the long puff sleeves to the textured floral material, this wrap dress makes a stunning statement. The playful party dress is secured with a feminine tie at the waist and is available in petite, straight and plus sizes for a guaranteed fit.

Charter Club Petite Floral-Print Ruffled Midi Dress

nordstrom orange petite wedding guest dress with floral print high neckline cap sleeves and flowy pleated ruffle trimmed skirt

This floral print midi dress exudes spring and summer wedding romance with its airy flutter trimmed skirt. Not only does the skirt look amazing, but it also helps keep the silhouette proportional for petite figures.

Alex Evenings Petite Sequined Embroidered Gown

macy's tan petite wedding guest dress with off the shoulder sleeves metallic floral embroidery with beaded sequins and flowy pleated skirt

Beaded sequin embroidery adorns this dazzling petite wedding guest dress's bodice, cascading down the long skirt. This would be an ideal option for a black tie wedding or a great way to add texture and shine to a neutral bridesmaid look.

Adrianna Papell Petite Scoop Back Sequin Gown

adrianna papell grey petite wedding guest dress with short sleeves high scoop neckline scoop back partial train allover sequins and flowy skirt

In addition to a range of sizes, this beaded gown is also available in a wide selection of colors, making it the ideal option for those looking for a petite wedding guest dress, bridesmaid dress or mother of the bride dress. The short sleeve party dress is covered in glittering sequins that cover the entire silhouette, including the partial train and scoop back.

Reformation Petites Gavin Dress

reformation plain green petite wedding guest midi dress with high neckline cap sleeves and flowy pleated tea length skirt with slit

For petite guests who are looking for a refined option, this midi dress brings both comfort and sophistication, with a high neckline, front slit, cap sleeves, fitted bodice and A-line skirt. The unexpected open back detail adds balance while making a statement.

ASOS DESIGN Petite Ruffle Detail Maxi With Dipped Hem

asos bright red chiffon petite wedding guest dress with v-neckline flutter cap sleeves ruffle trimmed neckline floral print tie waist and high low flowy skirt

This vibrant chiffon maxi dress exudes celebratory vibes with a cheerful floral print and flouncy hemline. Multiple ruffles fall along the V-neckline and create soft movement on the flutter sleeves.

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