Between it being a traditionally popular time for weddings and the fact that many nuptials last year were postponed, it seems to be an extra festive time right now for wedding celebrations! I’ve been getting a lot of requests on where to shop for wedding guest attire for settings ranging from backyard to black tie, and wanted to share a handful of brands I love with picks that may suit a petite frame.
Check out: Lulus
Lulus has an entire section dedicated to wedding guest dresses, from flowier frocks to chic LBDs (always a safe bet!) like their Iconic Moment Midi. They have very affordable price points and tons of customer reviews that can be filtered by height, size and body type to see how something might fit you! I have actually found their XS or even S to fit pretty decently, depending on the style.
Black Tie or Dressier Settings
Estate or Winery Wedding
Check out: Reformation Petites
Their feminine, alluring floral print Nikita Dress is one of their core dress styles that gets refreshed in new patterns each season. Their petites sizing is a good fit in my experience, and their regular sizing can work too when pieces have adjustable features like tie shoulders or a smocked back panel. Just note their dresses with bust cups tend to run on the small side in the cup area.
Backyard or Garden Wedding
Check out: J.Crew
J.Crew has quite a few garden-friendly pieces like their pleated posies dress (also in solid colors) that I have on! It has pockets and comfy features like a smocked waist and low maintenance pleats. Even though this is only available in regular sizing, it’s still flattering on me as a midi dress (even with flats shoes – see bottom photo). I did see one reviewer’s suggestion to wear a bandeau bra to minimize bulging at the bust area, and will have to try that next time. I’ve recently styled two other J.Crew dresses – one with eyelet details and a flouncy wrap dress – and either of those could also work for a more casual backyard wedding.
Check out: Amazon, like my beloved very affordable maxi eyelet dress
This is one of those golden Amazon finds that I’ve enjoyed wearing for a few years now! You can see my review of the dress and how I styled it here. It now comes in lots of colors and floral too, as non-white wedding guest options!