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Petite Little Black Dresses for Fall/Winter 2012/2013


The little black dress was popularized by French fashion designer Coco Chanel. It's so convenient to have a little black dress on hand because it's a classic go-to style that petites can wear for any occasion, and it's easy to create a monochromatic look with a petite little black dress, black tights, and sleek black shoes.

1. Petite Little Black Dress with Lace Top

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With its surplice top, empire waist, and curve-hugging styling, this petite little black dress would be a good choice for holiday party wear. The shutter-pleated skirt is made from stretch jersey, and this shapely little black dress for petites by Adrianna Papell is available from Nordstrom in petites' sizes 2P - 14P.

2. Petite Little Black Sleeveless Sheath

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This sleeveless little black dress for petites features an extended shoulder, sheath styling, and a trendy exposed back zipper. The boatneck neckline and extended shoulder can be good features for short women who have a triangle-shaped figure because they will provide the appearance of a more balanced figure that seems closer to a desirable hourglass-shaped figure. This black sheath dress is available in petites' sizes 00 - 14 from Banana Republic where this same dress is also available in regular sizes.

3. Little Black Dress with Princess Seams

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Here's a petite little black dress that features contoured princess seams and a banded waist with on-seam side pockets. This is a short dress made to fall to mid-thigh. Some customers have mentioned that the waist seems big, which might make this an easier style to wear for those short women who have rectangle-shaped figures. Otherwise, a belt might be in order. This sleeveless little black dress is available in petites' sizes 0 - 14 from Gap as well as in regular sizes.

4. Little Black Dress with Sheer Sleeves

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Here's a little black dress that has a 1950s vibe with its sheer chiffon sleeves. The blouson top, sequin detail, and conservative styling make this little black dress a style that might be appealing to women over 50, although it's worth noting that the length of the dress is above the knee (but not mini). This little black party dress is available in petites' sizes P4 - P16 as well as misses' and women's sizes from Coldwater Creek.

5. Little Black Lace Dress

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Nothing says "romance" like black lace, and here's a little black lace dress to prove the point. The scalloped edges of the black lace enhance the neckline and the bottom edge of the skirt. Featuring metallic sequins on the top, a flattering V-neckline, surplice bodice, and cap sleeves, this little black lace dress would be perfect for party wear, either during the holiday season or any other occasion. From Alex Evenings, this black lace dress is available in petites' sizes 4P - 14P, as well as regular sizes, from Nordstrom.

6. Little Black Sequin Dress

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For holiday glam, a sparkling sequin dress fits the bill. This little black sequin dress from Tahari is fully lined and features all-over sequins, cap sleeves, and a hidden back zipper. It's available in petites' sizes 6P - 14P from Zappos, which offers customers free shipping and free return shipping.
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