I dream of wearing short dresses. Now that it’s spring, all those breezy short hemlines in stores seem to whisper my name. Every year it starts the same. I hope that this will be the year. Maybe this time I will find that perfect mid-thigh length dress. I’ll go shopping, and find a potential winner. This week, it was this white cotton wrap dress. The neckline was draped so prettily!
So far, so good! The fit was apparently great. But after years of searching, I was skeptical. It was written all over my face. The length seemed perfect – from the front.
My main issue with short dresses isn’t the front. It’s the back. These dresses are just not manufactured to fit my body type. The problem? I have a rather ample hip, which just requires more fabric. If the hemline is cut straight across, once it’s on my body, it is several inches shorter in the back. Generally, I can spot the issue by turning to the side. See how dramatic the difference is?
Then comes the dreaded moment: when I have to crank my head around and check the back. Sure enough, it is always the same. Too short. Dressing room confession: Always check the rear-view mirror. Some outfits can look stellar from one angle, and dismal from another.
(I think that sign should read: “Have you thought about a different dress???”)
The trip wasn’t a total loss. I found this AMAZING striped shirt dress. And it looks great from every angle!nc