Black Tie Dress for Petite Woman

Q. I have a Saturday night, black-tie wedding coming up and I have no idea what to wear. I know people traditionally wear long, black dresses, but since I’m kind of small (5’2″, size 0), I’m afraid I would get lost in a dress like that. Also, since I’m 24 and it’s summer, I wouldn’t mind straying from black and wearing something fun. Keeping this in mind, what would be appropriate? Would a cocktail dress be ok? Or are there any particular styles of long dresses that flatter shorter people? Do you have any suggestions?
– Distressed Over Dress

A. A long gown on a petite woman can look like an overwhelming amount of fabric or look like you’re playing dress up in your mom’s closet. Black tie affairs no longer require a long gown – just an appropriate dress that is fiercely festive, sophisticated and elegant. I shopped for several options and it’s purely coincidental that they all are strapless.


1. Strapless Florence dress, $250 at
2. Jillian strapless dress, $295 at
3. Kay Unger Strapless Bubble Dress, $330 at
4. BCBGMAXAZRIA Silk Strapless Dress, $360 at
5. BCBGMAXAZRIA Silk Empire Dress, $156 (sale) at
6. BCBGMAXAZRIA Satin Cocktail Dress, $288 at

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