Did you know that dress hem lengths didn’t change much from the 1700’s until the 20th century! Gowns and dresses for women including female servants and children rarely rose about the ankle. Other details changed but dress length stayed long for centuries. It’s interesting to think how slowly fashion has changed until the 20th century.
I’ve been thinking about hem lengths as I finish up a mid-length circle skirt. I love mid-length skirts and dresses. Mid-length or midi can fall anywhere after the knee and in between the ankle. This almost looks tea-length or maxi but it is mid-length.
I consider a good mid-length (for my height) to be middle of the shin and about 3″ above the ankle bone.
I love maxi length but find these dresses and skirts aren’t always easy to navigate the real world in. I’m either running the dress over in my wheelie chair, stepping on it when I climb the stairs and/or dragging it on the ground if I’m not wearing high heeled shoes. I don’t know how many times I’ve made a maxi dress and then about two weeks later chop off about 2 to 3 inches to make it wearable. But, you know gotta do it for the ‘Gram!
Tea-length is generally considered to be at the ankle. I don’t favor this length, I think it looks dumpy on me. Although I do recall wearing it for a bridesmaid dress. This linen dress is about tea-length but it’s flowy nature kind of works for me. At least I’m not running it over with my office chair.
What’s your favorite length of dress or skirt?