Dallas Fashion Consultant, Julie Bartlett with Colour IQ, answers the question, ‘Is My Dress Too Short?’

Dallas Fashion Consultant, Julie Bartlett with Colour IQ, answers the question, ‘Is My Dress Too Short?’

With summer temps rising, it’s normal to want to wear less fabric in hopes of staying cool, but there is such a thing as being too short, especially in the workplace.   By definition, proper business attire covers more skin than it reveals.  So, if more than two inches above the knee is exposed, then it is not appropriate in a business environment.  Naturally, that depends on the business she wants to conduct.

Consider these guidelines:

  1. In a social setting such as a party, a girl’s night out, a first date?   She should be able to sit, bend down to pick something up off the floor, or lean over a counter without the world visually accessing what should be kept private.   This is too much information.  Add a pair of leggings and she can be actively involved in whatever fun event is planned.
  2. At a pool party or on the beach?  Definitely!  Over a swimming suit, it’s adorable.  The short skirt becomes a cover-up, worn before or after getting into the water.  As long as the swimsuit is on, there shouldn’t be a concern of too much exposure.  Also great with a cute pair of flip-flops.
  3. And, those other public places?  Not such a good choice for a wedding, too hard to dance in at the reception.  The mall.  Remember the possibility for escalator or stair exposure.  Church?  Banish the thought.

A young woman who knows how to wear a short skirt in an appropriate way and an appropriate place will always be welcomed as she’s emotionally secure enough to establish visual boundaries.  If she has to ask if her dress is too short, it probably is.  Encourage her to listen to her internal voice of self-respect.

As your Dallas Fashion Consultant and Personal Shopper, it is my mission to help my clients always look fabulous, without being a slave to the whimsical ways of fashion trends.  I am passionately committed to making sure my clients always look their very best in order to help them achieve their personal and business goals.  If you have any questions or are interested in a personal consultation, please give me a call at 214-223-2200