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

Shopping for dresses can be a challenge when you're petite—but not when you have options like these.
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emily rumsey the knot editor
Emily Rumsey
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Emily Rumsey
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Updated May 10, 2022
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Calling all ladies 5' 4" and under! Shopping isn't always easy when you're petite, and finding the perfect occasion dress is no exception. If you're on the hunt for a 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. Short dresses run long, midis look like maxis and maxis drag on the ground. While tall heels add some height, they don't really change the overall fit—and you deserve a dress that sits just right.

Thankfully, designers are expanding their offerings to include more size-inclusive options for shoppers. With this in mind, we rounded up a range of lovely petite wedding guest dresses—from chic silk slips and beaded gowns to casual summer sundresses—for every wedding on your calendar this year.

1. Reformation Petites Juliette Dress in Valeria

Reformation floral pink corset midi petite wedding guest dress

Pretty in pink is right! This midi dress with a beautiful floral pattern features a flattering corset-style bodice with a sweetheart neckline. The relaxed skirt with a side slit is nice and airy for an outdoor spring or summer wedding. On top of all that, the thin tied straps are adjustable for an even better fit.

2. Anthropologie Petite Silk Halter Midi Dress in Purple Motif

Floral silk halter midi petite wedding guest dress

No matter what the dress code, "dopamine dressing" is in style! Pick up this asymmetrical halter midi dress for your next wedding. The bright lavender and yellow silk is adorned with colorful flowers for a dress that looks as happy as you feel for the couple.

3. Lane Bryant Petite Tie-Halter Maxi Dress in Bliss Floral

Black floral petite plus-size long dress for wedding

This sleeveless plus-size petite maxi dress—in a fantastical floral print—exudes a tropical vibe perfect for your next beach wedding. The halter neckline is self-tied in the back with a fun bow detail. We love the wrinkle-resistant fabric for a polished look throughout all the wedding festivities. You'll definitely find an occasion to wear this one again.

4. Reformation Petites Sigmund Dress in Splatter

Navy long-sleeve midi Reformation petite wedding guest dress

Available in a range of artsy prints, this long-sleeve slim-fitting midi dress is a fun option for petite wedding guests. We love the subtle puff shoulders paired with a tight bodice and relaxed skirt. Show off your legs with the high slit.

5. Calvin Klein Petite Exaggerated-Shoulder Sheath Dress in Black

Black petite cocktail dress for wedding guest

Black is absolutely an acceptable wedding color! This short-sleeve sheath dress with exaggerated shoulders, a round neckline and pleating at the bodice is a sophisticated choice for petite wedding guests. Pair this simple cocktail dress with your favorite dress shoes for a semi-formal wedding fit you'll want to wear again and again.

6. Abercrombie & Fitch Petite Boatneck Low Back Mini Dress in Green

Green boatneck low-back mini wedding guest dress for petite women

If you're intrigued by the chic boat neck in the front, you'll love the V-cut low back. Though this dress is slim-fitting, the thick fabric will help you feel secure. Best of all, the sea green color is so unique and versatile.

7. ASOS DESIGN Petite Drape Back Embellished Mini Dress in Pink

Chiffon mini with allover beading petite wedding guest dress

Want a little sparkle for your evening look? This petite cocktail dress with delicate vine beading and chiffon draping will wow at your next wedding. It has a V-cut neckline with an open back and the embroidered sequins and pearls shimmer on the rose-colored fabric. Best of all, you can pair it with silver or gold jewelry.

8. Betsy & Adam Petite Ruffled Halter Gown in Tomato

Red petite formal dress for wedding guest

If you've been invited to a wedding with black-tie dress code, finding a floor-length dress might feel inevitable. Fortunately, there are plenty of gorgeous long petite wedding guest dresses to choose from. We love this bright red gown with romantic ruffles along the skirt and a halter top tied in the back with a long chiffon bow.

9. Karen Miller Petite Stretch Metallic Jacquard Dress in Blue

Navy shimmer petite cocktail dress with long sleeves for wedding guest

Formal doesn't have to equate to a floor-length dress. A cocktail dress, like this sparkly long-sleeve dress, can be equally appropriate. The deep blue color exudes elegance, which is heightened by the sophisticated structured skirt. The frock also has a fun mesh cutout down the bodice balanced by a triangular open cutout in the back.

10. Express Petite Satin Twist Front Slip Dress in Golden Yellow

Yellow silk midi with front twist petite wedding guest dress

Twist and shout on the dance floor with this stunning yellow slip dress. The front features a twisted V-neck while the back has crossed skinny straps. The light fabric is perfect for an outdoor summer wedding, though the golden color lends itself equally well to a fall celebration—just pair it with a simple shawl!

11. Reformation Petites Gavin Dress in Morning Glory

Reformation dusty blue petite wedding guest midi dress

For petite guests who are looking for a refined option, this midi dress with a high neckline, cap sleeves, fitted bodice and A-line skirt brings both comfort and sophistication. The front slit and open back detail add balance while making a statement. And the dusty blue color is simply beautiful.

12. Banana Republic Petite Linen Ruffle Dress in Zebra Print

Banana Republic one-shoulder red zebra print linen cocktail dress for petite women

The award for best dressed goes to… this fit-and-flare mini with a trendy one-shoulder neckline and bold red zebra print. Plus, the exaggerated ruffles will add a fun flounce on the dance floor. The dress is made from light, breathable linen fabric with a cotton lining perfect for a summer wedding.

13. White House Black Market Petite Floral Satin Fit & Flare Dress in Hibiscus

White House Black Market flowy green floral petite wedding guest dress

Give it a twirl! If you're shopping for a spring or summer petite wedding guest dress, this vibrant fit-and-flare satin dress fits the bill. We love the hibiscus floral design and ring detail on the shoulders. The waist is elastic for comfort and the front tie is adjustable so you can customize the fit.

14. Eva Franco Petite Bow-Tie Mini Dress in Black

Anthropologie petite strapless wedding guest dress with oversized bow detail

Prepare to stun! This strapless black cocktail dress with an oversized silk bow in mint was made for petites! The slim-fit mini will make sure you don't look swallowed by fabric while the bold bow adds a trendy pop of color.

15. Topshop Petite Mixed Spot Long Sleeve Ruffle Midi Dress in Mono

White and black polka dot midi dress for petite wedding guest

Black and white flocked polka dots are playfully paired with oversized dots for this petite midi dress. No detail was overlooked when making this statement piece. It has a plunging neckline, open tie back, balloon sleeves and a ruffled waist. Though bold, the lightweight chiffon and asymmetrical hemline still give it a floaty feel.

16. Banana Republic Petite Dreamer Silk Dress in Snake Print

Banana Republic snakeskin silk slip petite wedding guest dress

Slip dresses aren't just for tall folk! This petite glossy silk charmeuse dress is semi-fitted with a V-neck, rounded shirttail hem and double-sided slits to add shape to an otherwise relaxed look. We love the sultry snakeskin print, but this dress also comes in soft blue, elegant black and a shimmery cargo green.

17. Ever New Petite Bow Back Mini Dress in Plum

ASOS plum cocktail dress with back bow petite wedding guest dress

If you're looking for the perfect fit for a winter wedding, consider this long-sleeve deep plum cocktail dress. The front is simple with cuffed balloon sleeves and a rounded neck, while the back is an open V-cut with a large bow sitting at the point. Combined with the glossy satin fabric, you'll look elegant and trendy!

18. Boden Petite Edie Tiered Tulle Midi Dress in Black

Boden black tiered tulle midi petite guest wedding dress

Boden's petite dresses aren't just shorter in length—sizing is proportionally scaled throughout the garment for a truly flattering fit. Don't be turned off by the high neck; this dress may be formal, but the tiered polka dot tulle and frilled shoulders add a little fun! Not feeling black? This style also comes in hot pink.

19. Alex Evenings Petite Sequin Floral Sleeveless Fit & Flare Gown in Silver

Silver embroidered formal petite dress for wedding guest

This shimmering long petite dress is covered in sequins that come together to create a floral pattern. Short cap sleeves, a modest V-neckline and chiffon godet pleats at the hem complete this formal look. You'll sparkle all night!

20. Adrianna Papell Petite Short Sleeve Beaded Blouson Gown in Silver Nude

Adrianna Papell silver and nude floor-length petite wedding guest dress

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 floor-length petite wedding guest dress, bridesmaid dress or mother-of-the-bride dress. The short-sleeve party dress has a nude lining covered in glittering silver sequins that drape throughout the entire silhouette.

21. Ann Taylor Petite Mock Neck Midi Flare Dress in Dazzling Blue

Ann Taylor bright blue petite wedding guest midi dress

Bright and bold! This royal blue midi dress with a draped mock neck and cap sleeves is another sophisticated wedding guest dress option for petite women. Add some glam with statement earrings.

22. ASOS DESIGN Petite Pleated Twist Back Cap Sleeve Maxi Dress in Forest Green

ASOS DESIGN dark green petite maxi dress for wedding guest

Looking for a budget-friendly formal dress? This dark green maxi dress fits the bill! You'll feel like you just stepped out of Bridgerton with the empire waist. The flutter sleeves, twisted back and long pleated skirt add extra elegance. Plus, the emerald jewel tone is perfect for a black-tie wedding.

23. DKNY Petite Embroidered Faux-Wrap Dress in Navy

Navy lace faux wrap petite wedding guest dress

Fit and flatter! This petite wedding guest dress is covered in embroidered eyelet floral vines for a springtime style. It has a V-cut faux wrap neckline and asymmetrical hem for a light and breezy look.

24. White House Black Market Petite Sleeveless Pleated Midi Dress in Purple Rose

Purple pleated midi shift petite dress for wedding guest

Pretty, petite, purple and pleated—what more could you possibly want? This sleeveless midi dress with a smocked waist and double-tiered skirt is comfortable and stylish. Dress it up with sparkly heels for a wedding guest-worthy look.

25. Fame and Partners Scoop Mermaid Gown in Painted Petals Floral

Custom wedding guest dress for petite women red mermaid gown

If you're still worried about fit, consider a made-to-order dress so you know it'll work for your petite size. Fame and Partners makes custom dresses of all styles so you can find something you love and trust to perfectly fit your unique body type. We're personally drawn to this colorful floral gown with a mermaid skirt and back placket detailed with fabric shank buttons.

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