Last weekend, I did my very first clothing alteration. EVER! I found a beautiful vintage wool skirt at a thrift shop that fit perfectly around the waist, but was a bit too long. Though I hadn't touched a sewing machine or a needle and thread (except to sew on a button, which I just learned how to do!) since 8th grade home-economics class, I decided it was high time I learn! So I drove to Maine and had my mother teach me how to both hand-stitch AND operate a sewing machine. I, for a brief moment, was a seamstress. And I LOVED it!
But this got me to thinking... how did I KNOW the skirt was too long? This is a common client closet conundrum. Women often wonder what their ideal skirt length is, or they intuitively know what it is, but they don't know why. I'll hear something like... I want to love this skirt, but something about it isn't right.
So I thought I'd talk about my FAVORITE skirt length today, and use this newly acquired too-long thrifted skirt to illustrate my point.
As soon as I put the skirt on, I knew it was wrong. It made my waist look wide, and my legs stumpy. And though I'm no gazelle, I knew my legs didn't need to look THAT short! I intuitively knew that if it were a few inches shorter, it would look muuuch better.
So the question was... why?
If you've been around the blog for a while, then you know that my torso is longer than my legs, and that I have a water drop shape. When you're a long-waisted short legged girl like myself, the best skirt length is between mid-thigh and knee length... because the more leg you see, the longer your legs look. It's that simple. Now if it were summer, I'd tend toward the just-above-the-knee length, but because it's winter and I can don a pair of tights (to cover perceived "imperfections"), I take full advantage of the "mini skirt"!
See that! My legs GREW longer just by shortening my skirt a few inches!!
And BONUS - the mini skirt hem happens to fall at the leanest part of my thigh, which draws horizontal attention right where I want it to!
We all know that mini skirts look great on girls that have slender legs that go on for miles (think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman), but minis are actually the ideal length for petites and girls with short/full legs too!
It took me a few outfit iterations to find one that I LOVED... but wasn't I surprised when the clincher piece was a striped, sleeveless, designed-for-summer blouse! (Which is why I NEVER put away my summer clothes.) And lucky for me, I had just the right accessories and cardigan to pull it all together!
Now this is an outfit that I'm proud to wear for so many reasons! It pretty much sums up my tag-line, now doesn't it?
Eco - Global - Community Conscious Style
Next week I'll talk about the teeth behind the tagline, and introduce you to ANOTHER group of artisans that are creating some masterful jewelry! You know me... can't get enough Power Accessories!
When was the last time YOU wore a mini-skirt? Or did your own alternations? Who else wants to make 2015 the year they learn to sew like a pro? Leave a comment below and tell me all about it.
Much LOVE, Stasia
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