Before I dive into how to wear a midi/maxi dress if you are short, we first need to discuss the definition of dress lengths so we can get our ducks in a row. This is definitely something every girl should know.
Micro: This is EXTREMELY short; approximately 38 cm in length. This is something you won’t ever catch me in because it is too short for comfort.
Mini: A mini length lands about mid-thigh and is still pretty short but is definitely more appropriate in the right setting.
Short: This length hits right below the mid-thigh and measures approximately 44 cm in length. This is where most of my summer dresses hit that I wear on a daily basis.
Above Knee: This length is an appropriate length for church dresses or wedding attire. Above the knee measure about 53-56 cm from waist to hem.
Knee: Knee length is pretty self-explanatory in that it hits right at the knee. This is probably my least favorite length because it can be pretty unflattering and cuts the leg line in half making you appear shorter.
Below Knee: This is also referred to as cocktail length. This hit 3-5 cm below the knee and is perfect for parties, weddings, Easter, etc.
Midi: Midi length is what is pictured below is usually hits in the middle of the calf and the ankle. This length is also referred to as Ballerina. Think of long luscious tulle ballerina skirts.
Tea: Tea length is something that isn’t as common nowadays but this is a classic Southern length. This length hits right above the ankle.
Maxi: Maxi’s have two different options depending on how you like. Maxi’s can either hit right above the floor or it can hit slightly above to show off your shoes.
How To Wear A Midi/Maxi dress If You Are Short
As a short girl (I’m 5’2″), it is very hard for me to wear midi and maxi dresses without getting them altered. I love the way they look because the silhouette really elongates my body and gives the illusion that I am taller than I am but it’s very difficult to find the perfect dresses that are the right length. Even though I have several maxi dresses, this is actually my first midi dress. When I’m investing in nice pieces I don’t mind getting them altered, but I think it’s silly to spend money on alterations for a cheap summer dress.
One tip, I have is to look for a high low dress. This gives a little wiggle room for length if the dress is too short or long.
Another tip is to pair midis and maxis with wedges. This automatically gives you lift and can make the dress the perfect length is it is initially too long.
Lastly, try belting. By adding a belt at the wait this can pull up some of that unwanted length without getting it altered.
This orangey red midi dress definitely has the possibility of being too long but because it is high low and I paired it with wedges it’s the perfect length.