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I’m talking about clothes, people, get your minds out of the gutter.

Anyway, I could have sworn that skirts and dresses weren’t always THIS short.

At first I thought I was imagining it. But then I was watching a movie from 2001, and I realized that I’m most likely not. Also, check out this vintage Sex and the City promotional poster. Longer hemlines, no? Even Samantha’s wearing a dress that covers her vajayjay.

It seems like a lot of dresses and skirts these days are either made for a tween or for a woman with killer tanned thighs that could crack walnuts. Some are so short, I wonder that if there were the slightest suggestion of a breeze, we might see a butt cheek.

I, on the other hand, am self-conscious about my knees and my upper thighs. Sure, I could go to the gym and that might help matters. But that’s another post for a different day. I rarely reveal a lot of leg unless I am on the beach or maybe going out to a club. Who am I kidding? I don’t go clubbing.

But I digress.

I know it gets hot in the summer, and as a consequence, women start wearing less and less clothing. It’s only natural. But what are the casual options for those of us that don’t necessarily want to wear a tiny little handkerchief of a dress, but also don’t want to be covered from head to toe?

An adorable denim number from J.Crew.

Denim Pencil Skirt

Gap has some cute options, and they don’t make you look like you’re 78 years old.

Slub Tank Dress

Striped Empire Dress

And then there’s these beautiful threads from Anthro. {Sigh} All thigh friendly, but pricey…as always.

Anyone else notice this trend of really short dresses?



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    June 16, 2010

    It kills me. I can't wear 'em!! I can't SIT in them, they are just so short. I swear, the bottom of my butt was peaking out in several of the 'sundresses' I tried on earlier this spring. These are cute outfits you've found. 🙂

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    June 16, 2010

    I'm with you. I always have to play the game "shirt or dress" when I'm shopping.

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    June 16, 2010

    I hate this trend! Everything is just so short like Nodakademic said I feel like my butt is hanging out of everything and then I feel like on old lady for not liking everything they're selling right now. =(

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    My Dream Ring

    June 16, 2010

    I agree…its cute for teens and tweens but I would rather not see someone's bum because they forgot to put something on under their dress/shirts. I like knee length myself, I think its classy and cute 🙂

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    honey my heart

    June 16, 2010

    i totally agree! summer is a hard season for me, given clothing's shorter lengths, but i try to stick to pencil skirts & an occasional knee-length dress. banana rep also has good options 🙂

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    June 16, 2010

    SO true! one look at mod cloth had me really frustrated. I can't wear this stuff to work or church–never mind the fact that it's just uncomfortable to be concerned about skirts that are too short.

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    Taj Acosta

    June 16, 2010

    yeah, they keep getting shorter! I mean it's fine for the beach! Or a really hot summer day, but other than that I'll pass…xoxo

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    June 16, 2010

    I can't wear short dresses and they are everywhere. Leggings don't help – they seem to accentuate the area rather than hide it. Everything seems to be a mini or a maxi, nothing in between.

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    Chicken Wing

    June 16, 2010

    YES!!! Oh that frustrates me so much I could scream! I mean, talk about pressure to have the legs of a well-toned giraffe….or Heidi Klum. I mean, let's be honest here – half the people who wear said items shouldn't, and the other half who look fantastic…well, I find that if they fell down the escalator, I wouldn't be devastated. LOL! (Just kidding, sort of.) It has given me motivation, though, as my problem areas are the same as yours! Great finds, DG!

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    June 16, 2010

    My thighs are not fans of the mini-dress either. It's UNREALISTIC for most of us. Seriously…

    In the summer time, I like flowy, comfortable cuts of skirts. All of mine are at least mid thigh if not just above the knee. I think I would be pretty uncomfortable in something I was always self-concious about.

    Comfort wins for me – especially when it's hot.

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living

    June 16, 2010

    Oh totally. I have a short number or two but I also don't love to flash my upper thighs. We're not carefree and 20 anymore!

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    June 16, 2010

    stupid mini dresses, I'm only 5'2 and they're even short on me! we just took our engagement photos last week, and I had to have a napkin in my lap for our staged picnic to keep from turning the photo shoot into something pervy!

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    June 17, 2010

    Ughhh!!! So many cute dresses out there right now and they are all. too. short. Pluheaze fashion industry: drop the hemlines! I'm askin' for three inches here people!

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    Mrs. Guinea Pig

    June 17, 2010

    I went shopping last weekend for the first time in a loooong while, and I pulled out a cute dress and said 'Oh cute!' (to no one in particular) – the sales associate overheard me and goes "Oh, dresses are really short this season, that's going to be waaay too short for you." Dammit! I tried it on anyway, but she was so very right. Usually I love being nearly 6' tall, but … so many cute dresses/skirts I can't wear right now!

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    June 18, 2010

    Yay, confirmation that I'm not living in a nightmare world where my thighs are getting bigger. Dresses really ARE getting shorter! This mini-dress trend can't be good for anyone who isn't 12 years old and/or 3 feet tall.

    Great comments, everyone. Thank you!

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    January Lady

    June 21, 2010

    I totally agree. I don't have models legs and don't feel comfortable in those short clothes. Plus I just had a baby and have stretch marks, not very esthetic with a short skirt or short.
    I'm also looking for some short for this summer, but they are all too short. those that are long enough are out of my budget. sighh.