If you're short like me—just 4'10!—and love to travel, then you probably know that it can be hard to find vacation clothes that fit right. But don't worry—I've got your back! Here are my go-to looks for tropical vacations. Plus, each look includes the perfect shoes and accessories!
Our vacation styling mantra!
At Dane Fashion, we believe the best vacation looks balance spontaneity, great clothing, and a focus on function. Pack the right shoes and you can dance the night away.
All products mentioned in this blog can be found in our Take Me To The Tropics Collection from Dane Fashion, a petite-friendly Vancouver-based brand.
You want your clothes to be cute, but you also want them to be comfortable and easy to wear for long periods of time (especially if you're going on on your feet a lot while traveling). Lastly, the perfect vacation look involves some pieces you love and some easy-to-wear staples that you can wear again and again:
1. Petite lace eyelet mini skirt set - yellow
Desirae, 4'10 (148 cm)
The classic look of lace is always in style, and this set comes in the perfect shade of yellow to show off your sun-kissed tan. We love this yellow eyelet set from Dane Fashion—it's so versatile, you can wear it on the beach or to brunch with friends.
Wear it with the HAVANA Bow-Tie Straw Hat, a straw purse, and our bestseller sandals. The yellow top comes with a matching mini skirt, so you can wear it as is or mix-and-match with other pieces for a more casual look.
2. Petite skirt (with built-in shorts) + tank + sneakers
Desirae, 4'10 (148 cm)
This outfit is perfect for when you're looking for an easy, laid-back look that still feels put-together. A petite skirt with built-in shorts is great for traveling, especially if you're going to be doing any hiking or exploring on your vacation. Try our MADE FOR YOU Faux Suede Mini Skirt. So there's no need to worry about whether or not your skirts will be too short—it's all taken care of!
Wear this outfit with a tank top, sneakers, and some cute accessories to finish it off. Our HIGH FIVE Cable Knit Crop Tank will help you stay cool and comfortable as well as provide extra coverage if needed. And our petite sneakers are perfect for walking around town and exploring—they're easy to slip on and off and they'll protect your feet from sharp rocks or pebbles.
Desirae, 4'10 (148 cm)
Maxi dresses are a great way to get yourself some extra coverage while still looking stylish. With the ideal hem ends just before the ankle, this maxi dress is perfect for petites. The yellow hue is bright, eye-catching and will help you stand out in a crowd. It's also great for summer because it's lightweight and breezy, which means you won't get too hot while out and about!
Our LOVE STORY Elegant Backless Maxi Dress is especially flattering on petites because of the sultry strappy-back design, adjustable straps (for petite women with a short torso) and A-line cut. Wear this piece with our black petite platform strappy sandals. Then add a few accessories like a matching belt and earrings to make it your own!
4. Petite cowl midi dress - perfect slinky fit
Lizzie, 5'0 (152 cm)
If you're looking for something dressier for a formal dinner, try our Captivated midi dress from Dane Fashion. This cowl-neck midi dress is made from soft, lightweight fabric that stretches comfortably over curves without hiding them...Just what we like! The slinky fit is perfect for showing off your figure without being too revealing. We recommend pairing it with some our best-seller strappy heels to complete the glam look.
Amelia, 5'2 (157 cm)
5. Petite white midi dress
Desirae, 4'10 (148 cm)
If you're looking for a dress that is perfect for a casual day at the beach or a fancy night out on the town, we've got you covered with our SENTIMENTAL SWEET Ribbon Strap Midi Dress! This is a great option if you're looking for something that's stylish and comfortable.
The midi length is flattering on petites, and the lightweight fabric and sultry mid-high slit will keep you cool in the heat. Wear it with the HAVANA Bow-Tie Straw Hat, a straw purse, and our bestseller sandals.
Brighten up your vacation look with the Y2K-inspired lace-trimmed mini dress. The print is full of flowers in bright colors that will bring sunshine into your life—and we couldn't think of anything more perfect for a vacation! A flirty floral mini dress that works for any occasion—from a day at the beach to a night out on the town.
Amelia, 5'2 (157 cm) & Diana, 5'1 (154 cm)
An edgy V-neck, lace detailing, and a fun side slit make this dress perfect for any occasion. The slim-fit silhouette is super flattering on petites, and the lace detailing adds just enough girly romance without being too over-the-top.
It's lightweight enough that you'll be comfortable in it all day long, but still looks stylish enough to make you feel fashionable. Pair this with some comfortable sandals, or mules and a straw hat and straw purse. This dress is the perfect way to show off your legs while still feeling comfortable in the heat; it's also super cute and looks great with flats or sandals.
If you're looking for a cute blouse, this is it. The bustier neckline and puff-sleeves make it flattering, while the bow-tie design makes it interesting. We love how it pairs with a denim mini skirt to bring out your legs and create an overall flattering silhouette.
A co-ord, also known as a multi-piece set, is an ensemble comprised of matching colors, designs, or textiles. They are pieces that are made to be worn together, such as a matching blouse and skirt combination or a co-cord jacket and skirt set.
These are perfect because they make you look pulled together with minimal effort. Wear as a set or mix-and-match with your other favorite pieces! Our comfy SCULPTED V-Neck Crop Tank Top also works beautifully with this skirt.
"The perfect fit and style for my petite frame (4'10 / 148 cm). Felt so comfy and stylish at the beach today! The material is also perfect for the warm yet breezy weather as well. " Desi (4'10 / 148 cm), Founder September '21
Staple Vacation Pieces
Lastly, we all know that vacation time is sacred, and we want to make sure you have the best trip possible. That's why we've curated the following staple vacation pieces for petites, so that you can enjoy your precious time away from home without having to worry about your look.
Petite-friendly straw hat
When it comes to a vacation, the most important thing is that you feel like yourself. A straw hat will make sure you feel comfortable and confident in any situation--the perfect way to keep your face out of the sun and add some extra flair. Try our bestseller HAVANA Bow-Tie Straw Hat.
Whether you're going on an adventure, or just relaxing by the pool, sandals are a must. They're easy to slip on and off, so you don't have to worry about them getting wet or dirty when you're out exploring.
We love our sandals from Dane Fashion because they have an adjustable heel strap so you can find your perfect fit—and then secure it with a side buckle closure so nothing slips around during the day! The ankle strap also provides extra support for those who need it (like if you have high arches or weak ankles).
Mules have been trending for quite some time now—and for good reason! They're comfortable and stylish, making them perfect for any occasion where you'll be on your feet all day (or night). Mules are a great option for petites because they add height without being too high up on your foot.
They come in a variety of shapes, heel heights, and colors so you can find one that's perfect for your personal style. Our best-selling OLIVIA mule come in three different colors (from US size 2!) so you can find the perfect match for your wardrobe!
Petite-friendly straw purse
What's a vacation outfit without a straw purse? One of the most unique and tropical pieces you can find, our ARUBA Gold-Embellished Khaki Straw Purse is perfect for any summer vacation.
It's also super versatile: it works with dressy or casual looks, and it's a great way to add some extra style to a simple outfit.
Petite-friendly crossbody purse
This crossbody purse is perfect for keeping everything close at hand while still being safe from pickpockets or other thieves who might try to take advantage of your open bag while they wait for their turn at the attraction line. We've also made sure that this crossbody purse has enough room for everything you need—including your passport—while still being small enough not to get in the way of any adventure!
Petite sweaters & cardigans
Evenings can get chilly, even when you're in the tropics. So no matter what you're wearing, bring a cardigan or sweater to throw on top of it. It'll keep you warm and cozy without ruining your whole look!
When it comes to vacation outfits for petite women, there's one item that always makes the cut: sneakers. With their casual and comfortable vibe, these shoes will instantly make you feel like you're on vacation—no matter where you are.
Plus, sneakers are incredibly versatile. They go with everything from dresses to jeans to shorts and skirts. And if you don't have a pair already? You can find some awesome ones at our store in petite sizes!
We hope these petite-friendly vacation looks are just what you need to find inspiration for your next getaway. Whether you're going to a cruise, an island, or simply taking a trip to the beach, these looks can help you create a cute look while still being comfortable.
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