“Yo Dress Is Too Short”

Are women generally modest in their dress? Some are and some are not. It does depend on what modest means to them. I recently came home with a dress that I thought was modest and a great bargain. I went to JP Hemlines 1and it hung on the rack there, with many more dresses. It’s getting to be the only store that carries dresses all year long. A woman recently said to me, ” I want to buy a new dress but where do I find one long enough?” Many times I have asked this very same question and JP has the longest dresses I know of. Their dresses work fine for women of average height. A woman five foot, four may even take one of these dresses home and shorten it.

This is not the case with me. I am tall and a dress that works for short women, say knee-length, for example, is two to three inches above the knee on me. So, getting back to the greatest bargain yet, it is a black and

What I think is a nice length.

What I think is a nice length.

white striped, rayon jersey dress. I like it very much. It has spandex in it and while trying it on, I may have been stretching it downward somewhat! It hung just above the knee. So I thought I could get away with that, although I like my dress length best at just below the knee. Besides it was the bargain of all bargains. The dress was marked down to $20.00 and I had just received in the mail, a $10.00 OFF coupon to be used on a purchase of any amount. I headed home with a ten dollar dress in the bag I carried. Stripes are in this year and it’s scooped neck is quite conservative.

Sunday arrived, and I pulled my new dress out of the closet, slipped it on, only to hear my husband say, “You can’t wear that to church.” Why?

         Bob Steele

Bob Steele

“Because it’s too short.” (which meant I shouldn’t wear it anywhere). So my bargain dress went back into the closet and I wondered how many husbands even notice what their wives wear? Then I came upon a song. It’s southern soul music, not the type of music I particularly enjoy. However, It’s entitled, “Yo Dress Is Too Short.” It is written by Bob Steele and he sings, “Hey lady, don’t you think your dress is too short.” So there you have it, there are other men that notice.

Some skirt lengths are so extremely short that no man would go without noticing. A teen girl was told to ask herself if she would wear it in front of her grandparents? Another measure of a skirt’s length is to bend over and

Not much of a cover-up.

Not much of a cover-up.

touch your toes. And skirts that seem a reasonable length, aren’t that when a person sits down. To me, today’s prom dresses look as if they are missing several feet of material. What happened to the beautiful full length, billowing chiffon skirts? Some think that adding high laced shoes makes a cover-up for all the exposed, bare skin, but they don’t.

The mini-skirt has been with us a long time. Their popularity peaked in the “Swinging London” of the 1960’s. Before then, short skirts were only seen in sport and dance clothing. In the 1950’s they appeared in the science fiction films, like “Forbidden Planet.” Grandma’s golden rule has gone along the wayside. It was, ” if you put your arms down straight and your fingertips are longer than your skirt hem, your skirt is too short.” A modest person will tell you that if you feel uncomfortable or exposed when wearing a skirt, then you shouldn’t be wearing it. (Actually that was me in my striped dress.)

Today, skirts and dresses that are knee length and longer are considered modest. Modesty is a whole other subject and some women think they can wear short skirts as long as they wear tights under them, or pull a mini-skirt over a pair of jeans.

Are you wondering what happened to my bargain dress? I bought jersey material and it now has a two and a half inch, black border attached to the skirt’s bottom. It hasn’t passed inspection yet, but I think it will.

What do you think? Will it pass inspection?

What do you think? Will it pass inspection?

 

 

8 thoughts on ““Yo Dress Is Too Short”

  1. Hi Shirl,
    I love your new dress and I think that the length is just perfect. I like the alteration that you did to it and it makes it even more stylish. I usually wear skirts that are about that length, or just above the knee. I have some summer “Skorts” which are actally shorts that look like skirts, and they are a bit shorter. I think that you are right…..you have to feel comfortable in it, in order to wear it. If you feel exposed, than you probably are, and you shouldn’t be wearing it at all. Of course, there are some girls and women who think that they can wear anything, as long as it fits……and I believe that they aren’t stopping to think about what sort of attention they are getting when they wear things like that. I think that Burl will like your new dress. I also like your shoes!!

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    • I expected that you would like my dress. I don’t remember you saying you dislike anything I write. It’s such fun hearing from you and I appreciated your thoughts on hem lengths.

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  2. It looks great with the border!!! Way to go! Modesty…that is a tough subject. There are definitely differing opinions. But I think you are right. If deep down you don’t feel comfortable in it, then don’t wear it! You always look beautiful and modest. A great example to us all!

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    • Janine, you are right on when it comes to advice on many subjects. I like what you said about modesty. Thanks for the compliment and for writing. I look forward to your comments.

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  3. When I was growning up I wore “hot pants”…only had an inch or so in length I had a brown leather shirt (very short) with vest that I lived in. Normal to wear my dress length hem four or five inches above the knee. Today I wear my jeans or 3/4 length jean shorts. Funny how things change with the times. My daughter wore baby doll dresses with shorts underneath. They were adorable. But I like long dresses now…ankle length as does my daughter. She is a hippie/treehugger…!!

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    • Wow, Karen, I’m learning lots about you and I never would have guessed that you wore hot pants and skirts 4 or 5 inches above the knee. You’re right that age has a way of changing our ideas about hemlines and short shorts. Your description of what you and your daughter wear, as hippee/treehuggers, pretty much
      suits me, too. Thanks for writing.

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