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Q. I have a very large bust and have such a hard time finding cute bathing suits. Can you recommend some for women with a DD cup?


A. It can be difficult to find stylish swimwear in larger cup sizes. However, it's much easier than it used to be! We found a ton of great options for DD+ cup sizes (including DDD and FF sizes) on, and they are just as stylish as the swimsuits for smaller cup sizes. also has a great selection of DD+ styles.

Q. This season's maxi dresses look so fun and comfortable, but at 5'3", they usually overwhelm my frame. Any suggestions for wearing the maxi dress trend this summer without wearing 6" heels or looking like I'm drowning in fabric?

Q. Could you suggest a casual maxi dress for me. I'm petite 5'1 (2/4 on top 4/6 on bottom). Most maxis that I am finding have large prints or are shapeless.

A. There's no avoiding the fact that maxi dresses are a huge trend again this year. Stores are filled with racks of maxis in a variety of silhouettes and prints. The good news is, there is a maxi out there to suit every figure, even petite women. Case in point? It's arguable that petite celebs Nicole Richie and Mary Kate Olsen, both 5'1" tall, are largely responsible for the popularity of the maxi dress over the past few years.


Here are some tips for finding the right style maxi for your petite figure:

  • Look for maxi dresses that are suitable for your proportions. Petite departments are a good place to start, otherwise you may be forced to shorten the length of your dress.
  • Avoid overly voluminous styles, too much fabric will overwhelm your figure. Instead, look for lean styles.
  • Choose maxi dresses that are fitted at the top and empire waist. This will help elongate your lower half, making you appear taller.
  • Generally, monochrome colors or small prints and patterns are most flattering for petites, though some larger scale patterns may work.
  • Whenever possible, wear a wedge (even a small one) for a little added height.

Here are some maxi dresses that are suited to petite figures:


Q. I'm a size 16/18 and looking to add some stylish (but flattering) dresses to my work wardrobe. I work at a very fashionable P.R. firm, so I'm looking for dresses that are on-trend, not the usual plus size frumpiness I see everywhere. I love color and prints, can you give me some options?

A. Absolutely! There's no reason why plus size women should have to settle for boring or frumpy. I found some really stylish work dresses for you at Here are some of my favorites, but it's worth checking out their full selection:


Q. I'm a 5'2'' girl with a medium frame weighing 120 lbs. I have a pair of black boots with heels that are knee high. Those boots are great, but I can't wear heels all the time. I want a cute pair of boots that are flat but also flattering to my figure. What do you suggest?

A. Petite women can absolutely wear flat boots, it's all in the proportion. While you may be able to pull off a knee high boot with a heel, a flat knee high boot might not be as flattering. Instead of knee high, look for boots that hit a few inches below your knee (around 12" tall) for the most flattering look. Another option is to choose an ankle or mid-calf boot that you can still wear with leggings or skinny jeans. Here are some flat boot options to try:

Q: I'm attending a swanky black tie wedding this fall, and I'm not sure what to wear. I'm very petite (5'1", 107 lbs) and any floor length dress I buy will have to have about 6 inches hacked off the bottom. Any suggestions that won't break the bank in alterations? I love to use but I'm afraid I won't be able to do that for this event.

A. If you shop in the petite department, you shouldn't have to alter the length of your dress very much, if at all. A floor length petite dress is made for people that are under 5'3" generally. Add to that a pair of heels and you should be all set! Below are some petite sized cocktail dresses and full length dresses to wear to your black tie wedding -- and most are under $200.


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