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Prom Dresses for Short Girls

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If you’re under 5 foot 4, you’re probably no stranger to the feeling of drowning in fabric. Heels or not, choosing a prom dress that flatters your small frame can help you feel confident so that you can enjoy your big night. Keep reading to learn more about the best types of flattering prom dresses for short girls, and remember these words from Shakespeare, “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

Prom Dresses for Short Girls


Don’t Be Afraid of Floor-Length Gowns

A dark, solid-colored, floor-length gown can make you appear taller because it creates an elongating effect. You may wish to avoid large ballgowns, however, as you may feel lost in the pouffy fabric. To make your legs look a little longer, choose a skirt with a long side slit. Finally, if you choose to go with a long two-piece dress, try one that reveals a smaller amount of skin so that it doesn’t cut you in half visually.

Does this mean you should steer clear of short dresses? Absolutely not! Petite girls look awesome in shorter dresses, especially when they’re rocking a killer pair of heels. Choose whichever length you like best.

Find a Form-Fitting Dress

Sometimes excessive layers and bulky material can overwhelm short frames. Look for a lovely form-fitting prom dress that cinches at the waist. Do you have a signature bohemian style? If you prefer to wear a flowy dress, pair it with a beautiful belt. Keep in mind that form-fitting doesn’t necessarily mean skin-tight. Make sure your dress is comfortable so you can dance the night away.

Hire a Seamstress

You will most likely need to get some length trimmed off your dress by a professional seamstress. If you’ve never had anything altered before, get ready fall in love and become best friends with your seamstress. You might just be tempted to bring in all of your cuffed pants, jackets, and long sleeves to get them cropped!

Don’t forget to bring your prom shoes with you when you visit your seamstress. The height of your heels or even flats can affect how much your dress needs to be hemmed. After your dress is altered, it should feel like it was made just for you.

Focus on the Neckline

When it comes to finding flattering prom dresses for short girls, choosing the right neckline is very helpful. Unique necklines guide the eye upward to the face, which will put more focus on your hair and makeup than your height. V-necks can give the illusion of a taller and more slender silhouette (source). Sweetheart necklines and off-the-shoulder tops also add visual length to the space between your neck and bust, which can make you appear taller.


Now that you’ve done your research on prom dresses for short girls, it’s time to start looking. The team of experts at Normans Bridal is here to help. Not only will our experienced consultants help you find a dress that’s beautiful and flattering, but they can also help you assemble an entire prom look from shoes to accessories. RSVP for a fitting at our downtown Springfield store by giving us a call at 417-866-9800. Be sure to visit our website to view our wide selection of prom dresses. In addition, follow us on Instagram to see the latest prom dresses and ball gowns arriving in store.

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