Although little black dresses are great as special occasion attire, colors are fabulous too. For winter 2011/2012, think red, teal, cobalt, or purple, and you'll have a pretty jewel-tone color to liven up any special occasion.
A lady in red always attracts attention, and this crimson hue is always appropriate for the winter holidays of Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Valentine's Day. This petite dress from Suzi Chin features a flattering V-neckline and empire waist, which is one of the top dress styles for short women. This dress is available in petite sizes 2P - 16P from Macy's.
Here's a Cleo neck black and mystic blue party dress for petites with a jersey top that would be good for a short woman with an inverted triangle-shaped figure because this dress will show off broad shoulders and add balance in the hip area. For the same reasons, this style wouldn't work very well for petite women who have triangle-shaped figures. This special occasion dress is available in petite sizes 6P -14P from Boscov's.
Here's a red jacquard sheath dress featuring a pretty floral pattern and asymmetrical tiers on the skirt. This cute dress is available in petite sizes 4P - 14P from Boscov's.
Cobalt blue has been one of the most popular fall and winter colors this year. Here's a bright cobalt blue tiered chiffon dress for petites that features sequin detail and begs to be worn to a party. This sleeveless party dress is available in petite sizes 4P - 14P from Boscov's.
Be the belle of the ball in this peacock blue sleeveless dress featuring a jeweled neckline, shimmer fabric, and asymmetric tiers. This vividly colored dress is available from Boscov's in petite sizes 6P - 12P.
From DKNY Jeans, here's a petite sequin party dress in gunmetal color. This shimmering dress comes with removable shoulder straps, so it doesn't have to be worn as a strapless style. There's contrasting lighter fabric at top and hem, which forms a cute little flounce. This sequined dress is available in petite sizes PP - PL from Zappos.
With its rich color, 100% silk fabric, flattering V-neck, grosgrain waist trim, and front ruffle, this pretty dress for petites would make any special occasion memorable. This sleeveless, teal dress in petite sizes 00 - 14 from Banana Republic. Update: this popular style seems to be selling quickly and may not be available in each size.
Empire styling and a V-neckline make this dress style a flattering one for petites because both of these features have a lengthening effect, making short women look a bit taller. The surplice bodice is another good style feature. This silk charmeuse dress in elderberry is available from Banana Republic in petite sizes 00 - 14.
Here's an interesting combo in neutral colors taupe and beige with stripes made of lace turned diagonally for an asymmetric fashion statement. This sleeveless sheath also has a self-belt tie at the waist. It's available in petite sizes 2P - 14P from Zappos.
Mother-of-the-bride? This little number could work for you, especially for a winter wedding. It's a burgundy dress with a lace overlay and a floral design. This dress has 3/4 length lace sleeves, which is a nice length for petites because slender wrists can easily be showcased with a glitzy bracelet. This dress is available in petite sizes 4P - 12P from Zappos.