Maxi dresses for short people?

(35 Posts)
marne2 Tue 24-Jun-14 21:36:56

I would love to buy a maxi dress but previous years I have bought them and they are too long and trip me up. I'm 5ft 2 so not really short but I need a shorter maxi dress. Where should I be looking?

P.s. I don't want to spend a fortune.

McPhee Tue 24-Jun-14 21:40:04

Ditto

bishboschone Wed 25-Jun-14 08:13:15

Next, dorothyperkins do petite. Stick to straight styles to elongate.

Damnautocorrect Wed 25-Jun-14 08:21:09

I'm 5ft 1 hobbs, next (petite) and some asda do. But you need to try them on (with whatever shoes you'll be wearing!)

AliceInSandwichLand Wed 25-Jun-14 08:21:54

Can you not just shorten it yourself? If sewing is not your thing then maybe you know someone who can do it for a bunch of flowers or something? I often find small alterations make all the difference when buying clothes designed for slightly bigger/taller people - shortening shoulder straps, taking things in at the waist - and shortening the hem of something is one of the easier alterations, as long as you choose a design that won't be ruined, of course.

blueshoes Wed 25-Jun-14 08:53:32

I am a shortie who just bought a �28 Maxi dress from Oasis. My drycleaners have an alteration service. For about �10, they took a chunk off the length. My dress is now the perfect length for me and looks swishy and cool in the heat with a sun hat. I reckon it is �10 well spent. I got to choose the Maxi style that best suited me (knowing I could alter the length) rather than let the style be dictated by the length.

Naicecuppatea Wed 25-Jun-14 09:54:45

I am 5ft 3 and have just tried on a maxi dress I ordered from Amazon. It's actually quite nice! Flattering fit and perfect length and sooo comfy. And only �8-9! jersey maxi dress

Naicecuppatea Wed 25-Jun-14 09:56:05

Plus if it does turn out a bit long you can hitch up the waist a bit!

magso Wed 25-Jun-14 11:39:57

I've tried to do a link but it won't work, but I have just received the Boden petite Maya Maxi in blue feather and it is lovely. Actually if anything it is a bit short (on the ankle) but them I usually wear flats. Its very expensive for a jersey maxi even with 40% off (its only 30% today). I'm just under 5'2". First time I have splashed out on a Boden maxi, but it could be dressed up or down.
I got a Gap maxi last year similar to the one naicecuppatea linked to - , so might be another place to look. Also I tried on a strappy maxi in Uniqlo - with its own bra support and that was just Ok for length- I think Uniqlo tend to be scaled for shorter to average folk.

IrishBloodEnglishHeart Wed 25-Jun-14 12:06:45

Naicecuppatea - I had the exact same dress arrive from Amazon today! I am 5'6" and I had to lop a bit of the end. I am amazed at how nice (and cheap) the dress is and have decided to get more.

alittlebitmeh Wed 25-Jun-14 12:08:01

I have a black topshop short length one. Jersey in really hard to shorten unless the person doing the alterations has an overlock on their machine.

Naicecuppatea Wed 25-Jun-14 12:09:26

How funny Irish! Glad you like it too, I think mine must be shorter than yours though as I have no need to take any length off?! Which colour did you get? Mine is a sable colour and I am tempted to order a few more now!

marne2 Wed 25-Jun-14 13:31:51

Thank you ladies, will have a look at all of those, I bought 2 dresses today, a shorter dress and a midi dress from Mistral ( from the sale rail ) the midi dress is almost a maxi on me grin, would still love to find a maxi though! debenhams sale starts tomorrow and the Next sale will be soon, am tempted by Boden but have just spend a fortune on boden kids clothes.

IrishBloodEnglishHeart Wed 25-Jun-14 15:22:10

Mine is black Naice and I have just ordered white and grey. The sable one looks good, will look nice with a tan (wishful thinking wink)

CambridgeBlue Wed 25-Jun-14 16:30:24

I really like that Amazon one and as I am 5'2 as well it should fit - fingers crossed.

OP I have got nice ones from Next in the past although all those they've got at the moment are a bit more revealing than I prefer - a shortarse who needs to wear a bra is clearly not their target customer!

Naicecuppatea Wed 25-Jun-14 16:38:53

Get it Cambridge, I am sure it will be fine on you! So pleased with mine I've ordered a couple more.

CambridgeBlue Wed 25-Jun-14 18:00:53

Ordered smile I went for the grey but if it looks nice I might go for a couple more.

MonterayJack Wed 25-Jun-14 20:27:23

I really like the look of the one you've got Naice. A lot of the reviews say it's tight across the chest. I'm 32gg so am wondering if there's going to be a problem with this. Any idea?

marne2 Wed 25-Jun-14 20:27:54

I find the same with next, I need to a ear a bra with a dress so need something a little less revealing. I love Mantaray from Debenhams but they are always a bit pricey even in the sales.

Naicecuppatea Wed 25-Jun-14 21:10:33

Monteray it is very stretchy material. I am 32c and have a fair amount of room left in the top.

MrsEboJones76 Wed 25-Jun-14 21:53:38

I've just bought a stripe dress from the Johnnie B range at Boden. The cut is slim which is better on my very petite 5ft frame. Also much cheaper!

MonterayJack Wed 25-Jun-14 22:45:08

Thanks Naice. I'm going to order one.

NumptyNu Thu 26-Jun-14 10:48:57

I'm 5ft 1 and find I just look like a ball when I wear anything Maxi?

MonterayJack Thu 26-Jun-14 15:06:56

Well, I've had an email from Amazon to say mine's been shipped, so will report back. As I'm a busty, hour-glass 5'0 I've not got my hopes raised too high, but you never know.

ThisBitchIsResting Thu 26-Jun-14 15:12:33

Asos have this which looks good, petite and in sale for £15.

WildThong Thu 26-Jun-14 20:51:56

George at Asda have some lovely maxi dresses starting at £10. A lot of them come in short and standard length. I bought a lovely black crochet maxi from my local store for £14.

ygritte Thu 26-Jun-14 20:55:58

Gap petite are good.

Primadonnagirl Thu 26-Jun-14 20:56:19

I'm a shortie myself so no disrespect but I think maxi dresses on smaller people make them look like Daleks...all that hovering along and the material hiding what's going on beneath

MonterayJack Sat 28-Jun-14 20:45:20

My Amazon Jersey dress as recommended by Naicecuppatea came today. Am really happy with it. Perfect length (I'm 5'0") and the M/L fits my 32 gg boobs fine. I feel a bit too old for the racer back so will prob stick a shrug type cardy over it. It's pretty flattering though and I don't think I look like a dalek in it. Had to hoik the top up a teeny bit so it isn't touching the floor. I got the navy and really like it. Soooo thanks for the recommendation there.

CambridgeBlue Sat 28-Jun-14 22:15:25

Mine came too but I've had to return it - the grey which looked like charcoal in the picture was actually much paler and not very flattering. I wasn't keen on the shape or the racer back either although the length was spot on.

MonterayJack Sat 28-Jun-14 22:41:19

That's a shame Cambridge

Naicecuppatea Sun 29-Jun-14 08:39:39

Yay. Glad you like it too Cambridge. Mine weirdly isn't a racer back just a vest top back if you see what I mean. I have ordered another so will see if that is a racer back.

Naicecuppatea Sun 29-Jun-14 08:41:01

Sorry that was meant to be to Monteray. Sorry Cambridge!

MonterayJack Sun 29-Jun-14 09:22:09

I think I'll contact the seller and ask if he has any more with a vest top back then *Naice, and if so, to swap mine. I've ordered 2 shrug type cardijgans to wear with the one I've just got but it would be good to be able to wear it on its own. At 53 though, even though I'm quite young looking, a racer back vest is a step too far in the mutton dressed as lamb department.

MonterayJack Mon 30-Jun-14 14:35:00

Got a reply from the seller re round back version instead of racer-back of Naice's Amazon dress, and they said if I let them know what colour I want they should be able to sort it out. So if anyone was put off these because of the racer back style, it's worth emailing the seller, City Chic, to see if they can do the colour/s you want in a round back.

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