Sunshine & Style: The Petite Guide to Modest Summer Fashion

May 19, 2024 ยท by Andrea Long

Summer's here, petite fashionistas! It's time to ditch the spring sweaters and embrace breezy fabrics, but finding cute and modest pieces that flatter your frame can be a challenge. Fear not! This guide is packed with tips and tricks to help you rock a stylish and modest summer wardrobe, all while keeping cool and feeling confident.

Finding Your Perfect Fit

When you're petite, proportions are key. Here are some silhouettes that will make you look and feel amazing:

Empire Waist Dresses: These dresses cinch just below the bust, creating an elongated silhouette perfect for shorter frames. Try the sweetest little waist-defining dress - our Take a Walk with Me dress.

Fit & Flare Dresses: These hug your curves at the top and flow out below, adding a touch of femininity without overwhelming your frame. The smocking detail on this bright colored midi, the Tarts and Lemonade dress, maintains a modest coverage while still being chic and adorable on petite frames. 

High-waisted Skirts: Paired with a tucked-in top, high-waisted midi and maxi skirts elongate your legs and create a balanced look.

Fabrics for the Season

Comfort is crucial in the summer heat. Choose lightweight, breathable fabrics like:

  • Cotton Voile: Super light and airy, perfect for beating the heat.
  • Linen Blends: Breathable and slightly textured, offering a touch of style.
  • Viscose: Soft, flowy, and known for its drapey silhouette.

Modest Must-Haves

Here are some key pieces to build your stylish and modest summer wardrobe:

  • Kimonos: Layer a lightweight kimono over a layering dress for added coverage and a touch of elegance.
  • Maxi Dresses with Sleeves: These offer complete coverage while keeping you cool. Look for styles with defined waists or empire waists to avoid a boxy look.
  • Midi Skirts with Long Cardigans: This classic combination allows for mix-and-match versatility while providing coverage.

Accessorize Like a Pro

The right accessories can add personality and polish to your outfit:

  • Statement Belts: Define your waist and add a touch of color or pattern.
  • Scarves: Tie a scarf around your neck or wear it over your head for added sun protection and a stylish touch.
  • Headbands: Keep your hair out of your face and add a playful touch with a cute headband.
  • Wedges or Espadrilles: These shoes add a touch of height without sacrificing comfort.

Embrace Your Style

Most importantly, remember that fashion is all about expressing yourself. Don't be afraid to experiment with different styles and find what makes you feel confident and beautiful. With a little planning and creativity, you can rock a summer wardrobe that's both modest and oh-so-stylish!

Andrea Long

About Andrea Long

Andrea Long is wife to Clinton and mommy to Clark and Chantry. She is editor and manager of The Dainty Jewells Blog and part of the marketing team of Dainty Jewells. She is also a Registered Nurse turned stay-at-home mom of her two precious boys. Her life is full of adventure as she travels full-time with her evangelist husband and little ones in a "tiny home on wheels". She enjoys decorating her small space, time with her family, holistic health, a good book, a strong cup of coffee, and as much time at her piano as possible. Andrea considers herself very blessed to live this life for her Faithful Friend. Follow Andrea on Instagram @andreagrindlelong.