Growing up, shopping was always a struggle. In my teens, I always believed there was white space in the market for kids my age. And then I began to wonder if it was just me. Because all my friends seemed to fit things just fine.
Over time, as my closet started to fill up with a lot of the european brands that started creeping into the US market at the time, I realized it was just a matter of fit. The european fit was more petite. I started to find necklines that were actually nice and narrow, great for the flat chested and the overall measurements generally ran smaller. Of course, this kept me coming back for more; it probably explains why I keep going back to stores like COS to this day.
But if there is something that has always been a reoccurring issue, it's the length.
As I jumped from store to store with my mom as a kid, trying to accommodate for my short physique, it always came down to where the hemline hit. This goes for categories like dresses, shorts, skirts, any bottom really. "It's not short enough," my mom would advise, "it needs to be shorter." I guess it's not exactly the normal thing you would hear a mother advise her daughter when buying bottoms. It's pretty funny thinking about it now. But my mom just understood my proportion. The shorter the legs, the shorter the shorts. This is a given.
It makes me laugh to think about how this has been such an issue for most of my life. It first became a problem in my private high school when I refused to succumb to the "fingertip" rule--that is--all shorts and skirts must reach the fingertips of the extended arm. Okay first of all, if you're torso makes up to be half your body length, then that's just straight up cruel to tell me I'm stuck looking like a long board. So, I refused. Then of course, it became a conversation in my corporate work space which is when I really had to get strategic to work my way around the rule. It worked. For the most part.
All this to say, I had to cut three inches off of this a-line scuba dress to get the look right. It helps when the original hem is finished raw, which means you can cut the length yourself since the edges won't fray. Otherwise, belting the one piece will always allow for better proportion. For shorts and skirts, the shorter the better. So don't hesitate to wear your short shorts this summer. If you're short, you have the right. Just as long as you're not hanging out of course.
scuba dress and leather belt by COS (belt similar here)
Piper boots by Tibi (old)
SEE 9235 Sun by SEE Eyewear