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I don’t want to wear skirts above my knees anymore. Well, MAYBE in some alternate universe where I had a wonderful plaid kilt and I was wearing opaque hose and a turtleneck, all in black. Oh wait, that alternate universe was my twenties! Too short skirts and dresses just don’t fit the sophisticated look I’m after these days.
All well and good, but it is not that simple. Many of my go-to brands are churning out dresses this season that are SO darling…but just about three inches too short for me. Well, I’ve decided that I won’t miss out on these cute pieces if I can help it. I have some ideas here, and if you share my dilemma, these might help you too.
- Many clothing lines – Ann Taylor, J. Crew and Banana Republic to name a few – are making their popular items in petite, regular, and tall. So I’ll be ordering dresses and skirts in the tall sizes whenever I can. Just a caution: this may not work with a dresses that has a defined waist – like a shirt dress for example. And you may need to shorten longer sleeves, but for shifts and straighter cuts, it could work.
- Pay attention to the length of dresses or skirts if you order online. The item may LOOK too short on the website, but the model wearing it is probably at least 5’10”.
- Also always check the hem allowance when you find a too short item that you love. A good tailor can extend the length and use every inch of the hem allowance by sewing on a hem extension out of another fabric.
- Finally, size up as a last resort. You will gain another inch or so of length because of the size difference and because the skirt or dress hangs more loosely on your frame.
Check out the selection below to see some dresses and skirts SO cute that I would try out all of these ideas before I gave up!
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