Thursday, July 28, 2016

How Long is Short?

By Susan King, guest poster and renowned blogger

I am always learning about the constant changes in fashion. It's one of the reasons I love being a woman.

I found this chart that explained the lengths of skirts and their labels.

The industry "norm" is a size 10 with a height of 5'5" to 5'6". I am a size 10, but I am 5 inches taller than the norm. So I add 5 inches to the average length of the 10 skirt lengths listed below.

Learning these terms and applying them to me, helps my understanding of woman's fashion.

Source: Bebe
Wearing Bebe.

Wally Brown and Alan Carney
Wally Brown and Alan Carney sport below-the-knee hemlines in the 1945 film Genius at Work.


  1. Very nice chart...thanks for posting!

  2. Nice informative chart, thenk you for that, but the adjustment loses me....

    Take their standard for floor length - 41 inches. If the standard woman is 66 inches (5'6"), her midpoint of her body is 33 inches. The skirt would be 8" above midpoint. If the woman is 6 feet, 72 inches, her midpoint is 36 inches - if her skirt is 8" higher, it would be 44 inches to be floor length - but if you added the difference in her height, 6", as you propose as an adjustment, the skirt should be 47" long - 3" longer. Some of the difference in her height is in the upper body. This would have to be accounted for in a dress, as it covers upper body as well, but not for a skirt.

    (Yes, I think of such things, as I am almost as tall (but not as pretty) as Stana)