Maxi dresses are popular again this spring and summer, which is good because they're comfortable, flowing, and they cover a multitude of sins while still looking feminine and pretty. But many fashion experts advise petite women to avoid the maxi dress because it overwhelms a small woman's frame.
However, just open up any magazine and you'll see someone like Nicole Richie, who is very petite, rocking the maxi dress without a problem. Richie goes for boho patterns, nothing too bold or stripey, and makes sure her dresses are a light fabric like cotton or silk. If you're short and really worried about wearing a maxi dress, try slipping on a pair of platform wedges to give you some height.