Dressing a petite figure can be tough, but you don’t have to settle for oversized clothes that don’t fit you well. To help you rock your summer in style, the Shop TODAY team enlisted two fashion stylists to brainstorm what clothes suit your body type best. Following their expert advice, we’ve also selected 16 buyable pieces that won’t break your budget.
Little tops for the summer
- What to look for: Cap sleeve shirts and smocked blouses
- Why they work for little ones: “Smocked blouses open up the neckline, making them a little girl’s best friend,” famous fashion designer Cindy Conroy explained. “Cap sleeve t-shirts are also a game-changer because they elongate the arm and balance out the proportions.”
Banana Republic Factory slub cotton tank top
Designed to be the workhorse of your summer wardrobe, this sleek tank top features fluttering cap sleeves and breathable fabric that’s perfect when the temperatures rise. Wear it tucked into a dressy skirt or slacks to work and pair it with shorts and canvas shoes for a busy afternoon running errands. Either way, you’re sure to get the most out of it until fall!
Talk about a twofer! Slight smocked details at the neckline of this pretty printed top add a touch of volume, while the cap sleeves also give the illusion of longer arms. The soft knit top comes in small sizes ranging from XXS to XXL, so there’s plenty of variety, and it’s as cute as it gets. bee.
LC Lauren Conrad – Eyelet Ruffle Top
Available in two neutral shades (white and black) and a precious pink, this little ruffled eyelet top is a real summer highlight. Eye-catching eyelet cap sleeves elevate an otherwise basic top, adding plenty of dimension. Plus, you can easily dress it up or down depending on your mood and the occasion!
TOP Leota Megan in Leopard Macadamia
Summer is all about bold prints, and this classic leopard print can serve as a statement piece or a neutral when paired with neutral bottoms. The tie neck and asymmetrical wrap-around hem can create enough curve appeal without overwhelming a petite figure, and the wrinkle-resistant fabric makes it a fuss-free find worth adding to your wardrobe. wardrobe.
little dresses for summer
- What to look for: Mini dresses, wrap dresses and plain/small pattern dresses
- Why they work for the little ones: “Wrap dresses serve curves all day and midi and mini versions allow you to play with the look, without the extra material overloading your figure. But if there’s a maxi wrap calling your name, go for one with a slit. The leg pop opens things up so you’re not swimming in the fabric,” Conroy said.
Petite Nine West Button Front Drop Waist Tiered Dress
Mini dresses create the illusion of long, sculpted legs, according to Conroy, and this one gives us some serious summer vibes. We adore the stepped hemline and low-rise design and dig the multiple color options, especially the vibrant green leaf print.
“Dresses with a solid color or a small pattern will create length and won’t overwhelm your frame,” Stitch Fix stylist Heather Tooker tells us. Take this flutter-sleeve T-shirt dress, for example. It comes in both stripes and solids (our favorite is pretty pink) and has a flattering semi-fitted silhouette.
With over 6,700 five-star reviews to its credit, this Amazon bestseller is quite the trap. It’s available in 48 solid colors and patterns (the lemon print seriously puts a smile on our face!) and has a defined sizing that’s perfect for little ones. It is also stretchy and breathable!
Maurices skater dress
Whether you dress it up with heels and statement jewelry or keep things casual with flip flops and a baseball cap, you can’t go wrong with a classic skater dress. This cutie is available in sizes XS-XXL and comes in eight colors, including a pretty pink polka dot.
Small jumpsuits for summer
- What to look for: Fun prints and cropped cuts
- Why they work for little ones: “Jumpsuits are a fabulous choice for the little girl and can be dressed up and down. Try a little cropped floral print jumpsuit with wedge sandals and a cropped denim jacket for Sunday brunch with friends,” recommended Taker.
Avoid jumpsuits just because you’re petite? You are missing something! Just look for a cropped style, like this cute ruffle sleeve design made especially for petite frames. It comes in two neutral shades and one statement hue, and it’s a great alternative to dresses when you’re looking to switch things up a bit.
Miss Selfridge Petite ruched jumpsuit with eco straps
We can’t decide which we love more: the adorable pink pattern of this red jumpsuit or the fact that it’s made from materials from renewable sources. There’s a lot to love about this stunner, especially her ruffled top and wide, airy legs. Also, the price is right!
This V-neck jumpsuit is as comfortable as it is charming with its self-tie belt and wide leg. We’re particularly obsessed with the subtle yet striking cutout in the back and the draped silhouette, and we could see ourselves rocking it all summer long.
Denim is a classic material that never goes out of style, and this denim jumpsuit is sure to become a staple in your summer outfit. The adorable puff sleeves take the simple silhouette to the next level, and the scoop neckline makes it ideal for work and play.
Petite summer pants and skirts
- What to look for: High waisted bottoms
- Why they work for little ones: “High-waisted bottoms are a must-have for the little girl. That applies not only to pants, but also to your summer shorts and capris,” Tooker says. “If you go for a looser bottom, I recommend tucking in your top.”
Marshall’s Recycled Vintage High Waisted Shorts
Denim cuts are always a summer essential and this high waisted style stands out from the crowd with its distressed details. The affordable find is made with recycled materials, making it a responsible choice for your wallet and the environment.
Available in sizes 0-18, these high waisted jeans are perfect for curvy little girls. It has a high waist with no gap and a summer-ready light wash. As a bonus, the stretchy design is made with five percent recycled cotton!
New York & Company Petite Whitney Whitney Tummy Control High Waisted Cropped Pants
Is it really summer if you haven’t worn something white? We think not! These little high-waisted capris offer comfort in spades with their pull-on design and are also super functional with their tummy control construction.
Just like midi dresses, midi skirts are perfect for little girls who want a bit more coverage without an overwhelming amount of fabric. The gorgeous green polka dot skirt has lots of detail with its ruffled, tiered hem and is available in petite sizes ranging from 00 to 16.
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