09 May 2012

Going to Great Lengths

I'm 5'2". Which in the realm of fashion (and life) means I'm a shorty-shorterson and there are loads of pretty pieces out there that unfortunately are way too much material for me to handle.

Prior to starting this blog, I honestly didn't wear anything except for jeans and pants - I hated showing my legs, felt that swishy skirts were too fussy and dressed up, plus I had no idea what flattered me.

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It's quite apparent now that I've embraced the skirt and dress - it's girly, easy and really forgiving on the figure. But due to work, modesty and my minimal understanding of what works, I've really stuck to knee-length for my hemlines. I've tried the mini before under more cas circumstances and have recently purchased a maxi length dress that I didn't immediately trip myself all over, so I can say that I am expanding my hemline horizons.

But anything between the knees and ankles? This is about as far down as I've gotten to-date. Except for today - see Lisa in full-blown midi.

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Except do you think this length is too midi for mini me? I'm considering chopping it about three inches, which would take it to just below my knees (and above my calves, which I've heard is a flattering length since it does not cut me off at the biggest part of my lower leg) - but I kind of like it as is. Even though I've tried this dress with flats and look frump-tastic.

What's your formula to finding your perfect skirt/dress length? And do you think there's any limit to what length you should wear based on height?

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Dress: Chelsea Girl via Asos floral tea (sim, sim, pricey, wrap, different print but sim silhouette)
Belt: H&M (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Shoes: Michael Kors hamilton (worn here - sim, simlower)
Necklace: c/o simply livly via Etsy (worn here - sim natural wood, in gold)
Bracelets: J.Crew & F21 (sim, sim)
Bag: Brahmin sadie (worn here - sim, luxe, striped)

48 comments:

  1. I can't believe you didn't like wearing skirts, now I feel like skirts are definitely your look!

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  2. you look awesome in that midi! As a fellow shorty, I can't do hemlines below my knees(well, I tried on my first maxi EVER over the weekend and it looked alright, but midis are out of the picture). I'm a bit more curvy than you, though, so when I try a midi I look all sorts of out of proportion. Your figure rocks them, though!

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    1. My biggest problem with maxis is that I have to tendency to step on them when I'm going up the stairs. I'm a klutz on a good day, so I have to be feeling especially graceful to do a maxi - thus why I don't lots of maxis ...

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  3. Ha, I had this dress sitting in my cart but never pulled the trigger. What size? I'm having second thoughts!

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    1. With Asos, I typically do one size up from my normal and it's worked out fine for me. I got this in a US4.

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  4. So glad your blog has allowed you to venture beyond pants and jeans because you look great in that dress!

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  5. This is a great dress, and I think the length is working just fine for you! I also like how you paired it with that vibrant blue bag.

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  6. i am 5'2" too and like you was just a pants girl.
    now through blogging everything changed and i want to try it all.last year i bought two maxi dresses and this year my first maxiskirt(i can recommened jcrews jersey maxi!).
    i have not tried the midi trend yet,but i like how you pulled it off perfectly.
    now i just need to find the right dress/skirt in midi length!
    you look lovely!

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    1. One length I am absolutely fearful to try - tea length. It's that really awkward length between midi and maxi that I think even the more gazelle-like ladies have problems pulling off.

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  7. Just like yourself I am vertically challenged, two inches less so I know that it can be a challenge. I love maxi dresses, they are my staples in the summer. Like everything else it's the silhouette of the garment and how comfortable you feel pulling it off. Take Nicole Richie who is also a shorty but looks awesome in maxi's or Rachel Bisson, they are both your height. I do however try to stay away from midis. I'm comfortable in minis, skirts a little past my knees and maxi's. I just feel like midis are a weird length on me unless I wear towering heels to balance it off. I think you pulled it off but would you wear it more if it's a few inches shorter?

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    1. Ooh, excellent point, Rezel! Maybe I would wear this dress more if it was a bit shorter, because then I wouldn't have to do towering heels with it!

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  8. This outfit is perfection! I love the print of the dress and the shoes and bag match perfectly!

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  9. As you know, I'm also petite (and shorter than you)! I personally feel most comfortable in mini skirts/dresses, I feel they're the most flattering on my figure. I'm not a fan of the midi length and I haven't tried the maxi skirts because I do really like showing off my legs. But I think anyone can really try any different skirt length and wear what makes them comfortable. :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. Girlfriend, I love your legs - bare them! ;o)

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  10. I love this print. I think the midi-length looks okay, but I'm all about the right-below-the-knee hem. I say chop it.

    xox

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  11. I think this dress, the midi length included, looks fabulous! I am totally right there with you being 5'1" myself. I used to think the same thing, but now midi and maxi dresses are my favorite thing to wear. I think it's just all about balance. If you're going to do something long on the bottom, keep it fitted on top. Otherwise, us shorties will get swallowed by the clothing. I usually wear flat sandals with maxis but I ALWAYS wear heels or wedges with midis. I don't mind though. I just think a midi length has sort of vintage feel, which I love.

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    1. I have the hardest time finding a right maxi length for myself. I haven't found anything I could wear comfortably with heels yet.

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  12. I really like this dress on you! I'm not particularly short but so far, the only way I've been able to feel comfortable in any type of midi length anything is in my one and only "mullet" dress. The length in front is just above my knees and in the back it hits the middle of my calves. I really like the fun hem and want to try more mullety type hems with skirts and dresses. I've noticed that midi length only seems to look right with heels though.

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    1. Oh yeah, I tried this dress with flats and big F A I L.

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  13. I loooove this longer length on you, I know there's always the fear of looking stumpy, but this dress looks very elegant and feminine on you. I wouldn't alter it at all- the retro vibe keeps coming and going and with a beautiful and modest hemline, this beauty will continue to fit the stylish bill in your wardrobe.

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    1. I really enjoy everything about this dress, including the length. But I totally can't wear it with anything but my highest heels. But I adore the dress as-is ...

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  14. you look fantastic! and that bag is gorgeous!

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  15. That dress is super cute, love it!
    stylishedforever.blogspot.com

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  16. The ladylike silhouette is perfect for a midi dress! I find heels to help a lot when I need that extra boost in imaginary height. I say wear it around more before rethinking chopping off a few inches. Because once those couple inches are gone, there's no going back.

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    1. You're so right - the length ain't coming back if I chop, chop!

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  17. I was like you and lived in pants/jeans. I didn't dare show off my legs because I had issues, but that has totally changed as I've gotten older, have cared less about what others think and realized that there is a fun and twirly world of skirts and dresses out there.
    I am not that much taller than you, but I've tried ever kind of length including the midi. It is certainly challenging and I feel like it only works with a really high heel or wedge.
    I like that dress on you and think you look tall in it, but would completely understand if you shorten it for a better length and increased wearability.

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    1. It was weird, I used to be teased for having "mango" calves when I was little and it got me shy about wearing anything that bared my legs. And now - I consider my mango calves as an asset!

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  18. I think this is really cute! I'm the same height as you, and always thought I couldn't pull something like this off...but you proved otherwise!

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  19. I think it works! I find that length incredibly difficult, but I think you pull it off. But I've never thought you look short in any of your pictures...hooray for the clothes pulling off an optical illusion? :)

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    1. It's my "illusion" for not putting myself up against anything to compare my size too - but ugh, in person, I'm all short-girl-big-head, haha!

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  20. Lisa, I think the dress is really cute! My vote would be to shorten it so the length is closer to your knees. I say that because it will prove to be more versatile and you can wear it with different shoes and not always be dependent on high heels.

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  21. Lisa, I think that midi length is really flattering you, especially since the heels give you extra height. I'm a shorty-shorterson, too, and one thing style blogging and outfit pics made me realize is that I get pretty easily swamped by clothes (I discovered from My Thrifty Closet recently that I'm a pencil figure too, I just can't win...lol). I really have to be careful to buy clothes that wear ME.

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    1. Months ago, I decided to try on my work trousers and take pics of them from the front, side and back - and holy moly, that was an eye opener. They all looked "ok" from the front but in the rear I had all sorts of issues - either too-tight bum or saggy butt. And I thought pants are supposed to be lengthening.

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  22. super cute dress lisa! i would shorten it! you have a great figure and legs. flaunt them girl! you're young!!! oh yeah! please sell that bag soon. lol it's sharp!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  23. i am 5'2'' too! thanks for spreading some fashion inspiration for us petite girls! :)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  24. 5'3" baby!!!! Lol! Seriously, I do get where you're coming from. My solution is to offset any height/skirt length disproportion with a pair of high heels (probably open-toe, too). I think you look great!

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    1. I pretty much went around with an "I'm a laaady" attitude today with my longer skirt and high heels - like, sorry, can't walk fast, must sit all times, haha.

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  25. The bag and dress combo is perfect! Length is just right. I say, don't even think twice about the knees/calves... just rock a mini :)

    xo, Megan
    indie flower

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  26. Lisa this dress looks amazing on you!! I love the color and pattern...especially the color (it's very flattering on you!!) I could of sworn that you were a girly girl that liked skirts ever since you were little!!

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    1. Thanks - my big sis is the totally girly girl, I was always kind of the son my dad didn't have growing up, haha.

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  27. superbbbb cool dress and nice necklace too :)

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  28. this dress is so fabulous! And I love the bag that you paired it with! Chic!

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  29. That dress is too cute! You look great!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  30. The dress looks beautiful on you, and the styling is great - I would say leave it as is. But I totally understand you wanting to chop it off a little, coz then you can rock it with flats and walk as fast as you want. BTW that purse is amazing - love it!

    xx
    5th&6th

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  31. I think this length looks great, and is also very elongating. 2 inches more and it would be too much, but truly the length is very flattering.

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  32. Beautiful dress and print is really pretty. I need, want and love your bag!!

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