It’s always interesting to see where a prompt is going to take me. Because I got a couple of clothing catalogues in the mail yesterday, the prompt today is taking me to curvy women and styles made just for them.
Well, I don’t wear my dresses/skirts THAT short! But that one would probably come at least to my knees.
“Curvy” women were tres fashionable when Raphael was painting them. Today, it’s just a nice word for overweight. Of course, overweight today means anything over a Size 0!
Anyway, when I say short, I’m talking 5′ plus nothing. SHORT. And most of my short is in my stumpy legs, which makes it hard to find skirts that I don’t have to lop off at the bottom and re-hem. If I want long pants, I buy capris. Perfect.
(I’m a little worried about what will happen if/when that model in the picture above has to sit down!)
Back to the catalogues.
“Petite sizes also available!” they claim. What does “petite” mean? It means 5’3″ which seems to be as short as the producers of these catalogues can even begin to imagine. I mean, a woman of only 5′ must still be growing, right? So if I buy a petite size, I can count on whacking off at least 2-3″ unless I want it to be floor length. There are XXL sizes, so why not XXP(etite)? Seriously.
There was a beautiful lace dress in one catalogue, feminine and utterly lovely. But the skirt of the dress was one of those long, swooshy things with points that dipped lower than the rest of the hem. The model was probably six feet tall. On her, it looked like a “I HAVE TO HAVE THAT DRESS!” kind of dress.
On me? Not so much. If it were a detached skirt, I could lop it at the waist and make a new waistband. But when the hem is uneven, there’s just not much you can do. Sigh.
So if/when I do order a dress from one of those catalogues, it will be a petite size with a total length of about 32 inches. The picture will show it as knee length. On me, it will be ankle length. I don’t mind that. Long skirts are comfortable, and you don’t have to worry about what happens when you sit down 🙂