Who Wears Short Skirts?

Awhile back Erin of Calivintage received this Charley "mini" dress in the mail, only to realize it was not really a dress. She's 5'5" and as she put it the "lady bits were barely covered" in this particular mini. She brought the dress to NYC where we roomed together and when my 5'1" lady bits were covered in it, Erin generously gave me the dress. It's still short on me, it doesn't pass that "finger tip rule" high schools like to impose, but wearable (especially with tights).
I was tempted to style this dress identically to Calivintage (maroon tights and the same booties), but ultimately I resisted.

Outfit details:
vintage feather fascinator
Charley dress from Calivintage
H&M tights
Thank You Mart socks
Seychelles oxford heels
self-mixed nail polish

CONVERSATION

75 comments:

  1. I like this dress a lot, but dear god what were they thinking when they made it? I'm 5'9" and that would be like a belly shirt on me. Love the socks and tights combo!

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  2. LOVE the socks and shoes together!

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  3. Love your headband and the nail polish color you mixed! Looks great.

    xoxo Mamie Girls
    www.stylememamie.com

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  4. Super cute dress, lucky you getting to have it! Love the way you've styled it up too.

    tweet tweet tweet

    x

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  5. Sadly, I don't have the legs for mini skirts/dresses...

    You look gorgeous in this dress though! Love the shoes with the socks & stockings :)
    xx

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  6. Amazing shoes! Loved you look! =)

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  7. uauuu love your look!! and the pictures are amazing!!
    congratulations!!
    i follow uuu
    kisis

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  8. Love the entire look!! The contrast of colors between the shoes and the dress are amazing!!

    http://rubytuesdayfashionanddesign.blogspot.com/

    Cheers,
    Karen/Ruby Tuesday

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  9. The dress is gorgeous, and you are too. I like how you styled it, as I'm in the camp of those mini's look great in a photo but how are you going to wear it in real life? I ride my bike or walk everywhere, and mini's aren't very bike friendly. But shorts are. You really know how to style an outfit.

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  10. You're only 5'1''??

    Do you realize how much more connected to you I feel?

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  11. it looks so cute in you! hope you're feeling better.
    x

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  12. Hurrah for us petite dames -- I'm 5'1, too. This dress looks awesome on you, especially with the Seychelles heels. I kind of love being short because almost nothing is too short, because, well...everybody's looking down on me!

    xx

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  13. the dress is a home run!!! it looks like linen?
    it would be a shirt on me for sure, i'm 5'8" :D

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  14. Well that dress is so pretty, I'm glad it's getting worn by someone! Sometimes, I wonder who these people are making dresses for...or who can wear them(tight-less)besides people who have not gotten above five feet!

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  15. Gorgeous dress on you, love the leg layering and fab shoes.


    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
    Spring into Spring giveaway

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  16. Love the dress. The top of the dress, with the buttons and the bow, is amazing, and the color really suits you. I would totally wear that with some gray floral leggings and black sandals, or maybe even cowboy boots.

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  17. love the stockings/socks/shoes combination!
    xo

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  18. love your blog and love your outfit!

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  19. Love this outfit, the tights+socks+oxfords combination is perfect!

    I always love finding other people my height. I'm 5'1 too!

    It's exciting because I know I struggle to find things that fit my frame well because of length, etc, and it makes me happy to see other people who manage to be super stylish even with those "constraints".

    Ana
    http://www.ToilTroubleStyle.com

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  20. You look wonderful in this dress, and I love the way you styled it with the tights, socks, and shoes. Wish it was just a little longer, so I could wear it too (I'm only 5'2", but minis are less forgiving on 30-somethings).

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  21. It looks great on you! I love the olive green socks with this outfit.

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  22. Gorgeous dress!

    P.S.: ♥Please don’t forget to join the Sporty Knit Tigh-High Socks GIVEAWAY!♥

    Good luck!

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  23. I really, really love your style!! And those shoes are lovely.

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  24. The dress is lovely! It does look shorter than usual, but I think you look well in it!

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  25. Oh it's really cute! This is one of my biggest shopping pet peeves though! At 5'8", I am constantly finding that just because it's advertised as a "dress" does NOT make it so! Especially on Ebay, at Urban Outfitters, and at Forever 21. *Clears throat.* Are you listening, stores that disappoint tall girls looking for dresses that cover our peekachus?

    Glad you were able to get some use out of it! It looks adorable on you.

    Robyn
    ChiChiSaysRobyn.blogspot.com

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  26. I remember seeing when she posted about this! it scares me to buy things online like this some times because I'm 5'8 (I saw another commenter gripe about this) and things sometimes are waaaay too short.In which case, this dress could have been a maternity top.

    Anyhow, I like how you've styled it...it really is a pretty dress no matter what

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  27. You're 5'1"? I never would have guessed - I suppose your clothes create the illusion of height :) I'm 5'3" and I'm loving how many short-ish bloggers there are!

    That dress is adorable. I had the opposite experience with a dress I recently bought (just featured it on my blog, actually) - it goes almost to the floor and looks so silly! But I'm going to alter it and all shall be well.

    - Laura, owleyesblog.blogspot.com

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  28. That dress is gorgeous! I can only imagine how tragic it would be if I attempted to wear it (haha being 5'9" turns most dresses into tunics or long shirts. :( not the most forgiving height when it comes to dresses).

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  29. I love how you styled it. The colors are amazing. You look beautiful

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  30. I just love those oxford heels! and thats a great dress!

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  31. That dress is very very cute- especially with those booties! x
    Camilla

    INTOTHEFOLDFASHIONS.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  32. cut it short and make a blouse! it would still cute on you!

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  33. I think it was maybe made for people our height in mind. The styling is definitely awesome. I agree with Sabrina.

    It's lady-like as you usually are, but perfectly provocative for your height.

    My torso is longer, so this would likely be grazing my buttcheeks. I don't feel comfortable with anything shorter than low/mid thigh.

    PS. I hope you start to feel better soon! Sucks to be sick. Rest up, darling!

    XOXs,
    Maeko, thereafterish.

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  34. Ooo, I love that dress. It is FANTASTIC! Ah, there is nothing worse though than a dress too short to wear! I'm 5'7 and it is a common problem!

    Oh, and I love how you styled it. Esp. with that colour of socks! So different and cool!

    heart:

    purplestinkindogtoy.blogspot.com

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  35. Aw it's so pretty! Love the colours going on there! And yeah, I've plenty of "tunics" that barely cover normal people's butts, but which I can fairly modestly wear as dresses! I love it hehe xxxxxx

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  36. Absolutely gorgeous scenery. I love this set of photos. Perfection.

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  37. perfect mood in photos as well as your outfit especially shoes :)

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  38. i really like the dress a lot! i like short-ish dresses and skirts, but tights and leggings are always very trustworthy :]

    -RG

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  39. love your shoes and those giant tree stumps

    ps feel better!

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  40. ah thats so nice of Erin to give that too you, it fits you so well as a mini dress! I love it

    lovelove, M.
    http://marissaexplains.blogspot.com

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  41. i love your hair and the whole looks. it's very chic and elegant! i feel like these pics should be in a hip magazine or something. esp. the first one. :) thanks for sharing!

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  42. it looks darling on you! it's funny i was talking to erin about short lenghts, and i'm too old for super mini's... i kind of miss them, but it's definitely for younger women..which you are!

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  43. Ohh, you always have such beautiful pictures.
    That dress is amazing! I really love the bow.

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  44. What a great outfit! I love the dress, but I'm afraid that at 5'6" my lady bits would go uncovered also :)

    xo,
    Gracie
    theflipsideofoz.blogspot.com

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  45. 5'1"? You're such a tiny thing, it never seemed too apparent in your photos! I'm 5'6" and still wish I was taller. I love when tall girls wear heels, I'm a big fan of embracing one's height.

    Anyways, that dress is gorgeous, I love the cut and the tie a the neck. Also, pairing it with olive socks + caramel brown heels looks marvelous! (:

    Cheyne

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  46. what a great gift! dresses from other bloggers are just that much more lovely! ;)

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  47. I love this outfit! that dress looks great on you! That's one good thing about being short (I'm 5'1" too). We can get away with much shorter dresses!

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  48. yes! for being able to share/pass on clothes with friends! I'm 5'1" too!!

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  49. perfect shots, as always. love those socks - the color is great, and navy blue is so so nice on you!! And the head peice just swept me off my feet. So lovely rebecca :)

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  50. I do feel a bit uncomfortable in short skirts! Especially when sitting and it rides up. And at the Roman Catholic high school I went to, our rule was when you knelt, the hem of your skirt should touch the ground!

    The navy is so special against your hair and colouring.

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  51. that is an awfully short dress, but perfectly acceptable with tights! And when is a better time to show off your legs than when you're in your young twenties.
    -indigo

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  52. I really want a pair of those Seychelles oxfords. The 4 inch heel scares me though. Are they comfy to walk around in? LolaDee x

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  53. I think its cute too! But if you're worried about length you can always try and find some slip dress.
    Love the shoes, am saving up for a pair myself!

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  54. I am 6'1....so I think this would be a crop top on me...:/ . VERY CUTE THOUGH.

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  55. You're outfits truly are the best! I have been following your blog recently and am now a beginning fashion blogger from your inspiration. For that I thank you!

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  56. You look awesome!! How sweet of her to give you the dress, you look great in it :)

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  57. that's sweet of her! the dress looks great on you.

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  58. this dress is awesome! you look pretty

    mind to exchange links? =D
    thankyou!

    loveloves
    missypatricia.blogspot.com

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  59. love how looks the socks with tights, the last photo it`s so pretty!

    www.likeblackorchid.com

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  60. Wow that backdrop is amazing! Plus the clouds look so lovely in the photos (: haha, funny story about the dress! It does look really short but you're right, with tights it actually looks amazing! Great styling as always.

    Hmm, where do you go when you wear your day-to-day outfits? They are usually so pretty that I can't imagine you simply running errands in them or something...

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  61. your pictures are so nice :3 who takes them for you?

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  62. i agree with @Nataliekbeats! i'm 6'1 too so that would DEFNINTELY be a super crop top on us hahaha. well actually it'd be more like a bra on me since i'm fat..hehe. anyways you look absolutely stunning in it! i'm so happy that you and calivintage are such close friends now, i really like her too!

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  63. so lovely darling, i love this look. and the photographs are so wonderfully done.
    love
    -bree

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  64. Saw that you were featured over at Forever21 The Skinny blog. Congratulations! You looked gorgeous in your "Alice"-inspired look. :)

    Robyn
    ChiChiSaysRobyn.blogspot.com

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  65. that outfit is so cute, and i'd love the dress much better if it was longer...

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  66. Love the dress, but at 5'5 it wouldn't work for me! I've found that same problem a lot lately with dresses. It seems few are knee-length or longer anymore, so I have to either buy them a size up and still can only wear them with tights, or I just don't buy them at all.

    Last year it was the maxi dress. This year it's short dresses. Perhaps next year will be the happy medium.

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  67. Short indeed, but really cute, especially the way you've styled it!

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  68. lady bits!?
    ha! I going to start using that term now.

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  69. I swear you are so adorable! Adore this outfit :)

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