So the title of this post says it all – here’s another styling post all about styling a long floral dress for the winter. Specifically, a longer dress for shorter gals!
I was inspired to write this post by this very outfit you see here. Basically what happened is I had a solid idea of how I wanted to style this dress, and when I actually put it together, it was ALL WRONG. It made me look (extra) short, frumpy, and messy. So of course, I had to raid my closet to find the perfect style pieces to make this dress work for my height. Now, I want to help all my petite girlfriends out, and provide tips on how to style that long floral dress sitting in your closet for the winter season.
I’m sure you have one – a midi/maxi dress from this past summer that was the perfect length for your height. So perfect, that you should probably find any excuse to put it on, even now. But you’re probably afraid of freezing your ass off in it! Well I’m here to tell you – don’t be afraid to take that piece out this winter and style it appropriately!
PETITE STYLING TIPS: HOW TO STYLE A LONG FLORAL DRESS FOR WINTER
1. Layer, layer, and layer some more
The only way to really keep warm this winter while wearing a summer dress, is by layering under and over.
Layer over with a sweater (more on this under tip #2) to keep your upper body warm & toasty. Other ideas are styling with a cardigan or a lightweight jacket that will fit under your winter coat. Personally I love layering longer dresses with a sweater – loose fitting things are my favorite.
If it’s a “warmer” winter day, you can just layer under your dress by wearing a long-sleeve turtleneck t-shirt. Here, I’m wearing a black turtleneck that matches my dress perfectly. It gives off a more “put-together” look, one that is much more work appropriate.
And of course, layer your legs with some thick, thermal tights – you don’t want your legs to freeze!
2. Skip the long sweater
As much as you might love your over-sized sweater, it almost always doesn’t pair well with a long dress if you’re shorter than 5’4″. If you’re the height of a Victoria Secret model, I’d say go for it (and also that I’m extremely JEALOUS OF YOU).
I wanted so bad for my long sweater to work with this dress – I tried adjusting, tucking, and even rolling up the sweater. Obviously none of this worked, and it was just a big mess in the end. A long thick sweater paired with the lighter fabric of the dress was completely off balance, making me look much shorter than I already am.
This look could possibly work with more of a light-weight tunic, since the lighter fabric would pair much better with the fabric of the dress. But I didn’t have one on hand – so I decided to skip it all together.
Instead, I opted for an over-sized cropped sweater, one that doesn’t swallow up my figure by providing just the right amount of balance for my upper vs. lower body ratio. Also, choose a single-tone sweater so it doesn’t clash with all the floral.
3. Heels are your best friend
Heels will, of course, give you the extra height you’ve always dreamed of (or is that just me?). They will elongate your legs and really complete the look. In particular, go with a pair of boots for added warmth and comfort.
There you have it. A look that extends the versatility of your long floral dress. Try these tips out and let me know what you think!
SHOP LONG FLORAL DRESSES