Proportion

http://goodbyevalentino.com/refashioned-linen-dress-a-foot-to-spare/

Go take a look at the dress pictured, before and after.  This is possibly the best explanation I could ever give for “why tiny people should wear miniskirts after 40”.   Not mini-minis, but skirts above the knee.

When I am at my proper weight, I’ll wear this length too.  I’m 5’2″ – for those of us who are very short (5’4″ and south), wearing a longer skirt can look like playing dress up in Mommy’s clothes.

It’s not about sexy, it’s about proportion.

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12 thoughts on “Proportion

  1. Elspeth

    Wow! You’re right. It’s pretty startling how much better she looks in the shorter dress.

    At 5’9″ I’m in a different category but I will certainly consider the overall principle (proportion) as I continue to tweak my own look.

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    1. hearthie Post author

      With your height and slim calves, you look amazing in tea-length skirts, and “knee length” about 2″ below your kneecap with fitted skirts.

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  2. goingtothefields

    I’m 5’6″ and have these unfortunate giant thighs so tea length works well for me. I loved the refashion of the dress, though. I wear heels occasionally when out and about, which helps my lines. Too short a hem isn’t comfortable for me. Stuff starts squishing out the sides. A-line suits me because it leaves room for squish but doesn’t show it off.

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      1. hearthie Post author

        Yep, that’s what I said alright… 😀 See, I have a butt like yours in my house. It’s just not attached to me.
        But she doesn’t get a wiggle skirt for a few more years.

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  3. Elspeth

    I got Bright Eyes a lace, knee length, navy pencil skirt from this trendy consignment shop we recently discovered.

    She’s actually gonna wear it!! After we take the waist in, LOL

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  5. annasach

    Tea length? I feel so unhip. I need to be made hip! (It’s a long, difficult process from clueless nerd to knowing how to dress myself​).

    I like these kinds of examples though. Really shows the difference the right clothes make!

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    1. Elspeth

      I had t do a search to nail down what “tea length” indicated also, so put me in the less fashion forward class too!

      I did find out that I tend to gravitate toward either street length or maxis. Tea length almost never registers. It feels like an awkward length for me.

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      1. hearthie Post author

        I find that (at 5’2″) I wear *very* long (and wide) skirts best. Illusion of height/waistline. But I need every inch to keep from appearing dowdy – I wear them just an inch or two over my feet. Anything shorter and I get stubbier by the millimeter.

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