If you fall into the petite category you are 5ft 3inches and shorter. For this body type, you want to always dress to appear as if you are taller. You also want to show off your legs which means, short dresses are your friend. The best types of prom dresses for your frame are short dresses (of course), v-neckline, vertical prints, any dress with details, pleating, asymmetrical hemlines, and monochromatic colors.