Style Advice Q & A

Is There a Skirt Length Rule for Petites?

Hi Deb,
I am very short – just 5′ – and long skirts make me look even shorter! So what are the guidelines about hemlines? I realize micro-minis are out of the question after 40, but what about skirts a few inches above the knees? Thanks! 


Hi Morgan!

It’s all a matter of proportion, so you are right. Since you are short, a skirt that ends at the middle of the knee or lower is going to overwhelm and make your legs look shorter than they already are.

If you are petite you can raise your hem a bit. The most becoming skirt length for a petite gal is just above the knee.  This allows you to show off more of your legs which actually makes them look longer. It’s also still an appropriate length to look professional.

One last tip: A skirt with a slighter higher waist also has an elongating effect.


Above the knee, but still work appropriate
Above the knee, but still work appropriate


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