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Message Board > Sewing for Petite Sizes > Skirt length ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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What length do you prefer for your skirts??
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Date: 1/11/09 12:38 PM

I have been wearing the same skirt length for years. Maybe it's time to reassess and come out of my comfort zone, because everything I've been reading indicates that skirts at/slightly below knee length are more flattering for most people. The current Threads' article on proportion is making me think that 31-inch skirts for a 5'3" person are not the best length.

What length do you like to wear your skirts?

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Date: 1/11/09 12:41 PM

either just above the knee (mostly for casual skirts) or just below the knee for me.

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Date: 1/11/09 12:50 PM

I like just above the knee, or several inches BELOW the knee. I think AT the knee makes my legs look short and stumpy - something about the length of my legs, and contours and such.

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Date: 1/11/09 1:43 PM

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Date: 1/11/09 3:16 PM

I am 5ft 3 and wear my skirts at about 33". This is basically ankle length. I am a short legged pear shape and find long skirts give my legs an illusion of length.

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Date: 1/11/09 3:22 PM

A bit below the knee, a few inches below the knee, or roughly mid-calf. Nothing lower looks good on me, really. If I didn't have arthritis that has made one of my knees unattractive, I would also wear my skirts, especially pencil skirts, a couple of inches above the knee. (I do wear shorts in the summer, but the world will just have to deal with that one. )
I think on taller people 31" is usually about mid-calf, isn't it? On me (5'1", down from 5'2.5") would be reeeeally long.


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Date: 1/11/09 3:55 PM

5 ft tall
wear mine just a very wee bit below the knee....used to wear them above the knee, but for business, I need the extra comfort zone and for casual....I wear pants!

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Date: 1/11/09 4:00 PM

I'm tall with long legs and I've been wearing skirts just above or just below my knees for the past several years. I have one black low calf-length, A-line skirt that I wear on occasion. I used to wear a lot of long (almost ankle length) straight skirts but now I think they look dowdy on me--could be because I generally FEEL more dowdy than I used to as I near 50 and am no longer thin...things I used to be able to wear just don't work any more--like longer skirts and shorter pants.

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Date: 1/11/09 4:17 PM

I haven't worn a "short" skirt in years; I do have a couple favorite ankle length ones, but I'm leaning toward a "maybe skirts" for the spring. I have a slightly enlarged ankle from a 10 yr old injury, I'm so knock-kneed it's cartoonish, and, oh, yeah, I might have to shave my legs. So I'm thinking just below the knee, maybe, but not cutting right at the widest part of my calf.

I'm puzzling through the latest issue of Threads magazine's article on porportions -- to me it seems kinda like a teaser sort of article, but I haven't really settled in with the info yet.

ETA: At 5'5" I'm not really a petite, but I have really short legs, so I follow this thread for "leg-lengthening ideas."
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Date: 1/11/09 4:42 PM

My 31-inch skirts fall about four inches above my ankles, so they are quite long. My legs are a little short (mainly "low knees"--short from knee on down). I'm relatively slim (on a good day 116 pounds) , but a definite pear. Also, I'm 62, so no spring chicken--stewing hen, maybe?

It's nice to hear of others' skirt lengths. I think about going shorter, but then I think that given my age (which I don't mind one bit) and years of long skirts, people might think I've lost my mind and entered my second adolescence.

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