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To wish I was shorter?

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Ecgwynn Fri 28-Sep-12 07:46:10

I'm not even that tall (5'8") but I have several issues with my height:
1) My feet poke out from under the duvet (I like it right up over my shoulders) and they get chilly.
2) My husband is an inch shorter than me and it makes me feel less feminine.
3) Trousers and maxi dresses flap around my ankles.
4) Shorter skirts and dresses are a little bit obscene on me (I'm a secondary school teacher so I try not to flash my pants at work).
5) I would weigh less if I were shorter.


MrsRobertDuvallHasRosacea Fri 28-Sep-12 07:48:43

(laughs hollowly)

Try being six feet tall.

exoticfruits Fri 28-Sep-12 07:51:17

I love being taller than average- I always have.

SaraSidle Fri 28-Sep-12 07:51:21

I'm laughing too ( almost 6ft)

SaraSidle Fri 28-Sep-12 07:52:09

When do we start shrinking?

I'm ok with it, til it comes to buying clothes!

CrispyHedgehog Fri 28-Sep-12 07:53:56

I'm short (5'0)

Trousers, skirts and dresses almost always have to have about 6 inches taken off the bottom.
I can make a cocoon out of the duvet.. no bits poking out grin
6 year olds tower over me
When it rains.. I stay dry for longer than a tall person. (actually that's probably bullshit but I tell myself it's an advantage

Chandon Fri 28-Sep-12 07:54:16

haha, another 6ft er here.

Regarding duvets, they are crazily small in the UK! I have brought over duvets from the US. Even Continental ones are bigger. Never seen such pathetically small duvets as here.

About feeling feminine, I have always felt feminine at 6 ft. Don't see the problem there.

about weight, that makes no sense at all! Do you have competitive smallness conversations with weirdo female friends? "ooooo I am size 6 and weigh 6 stone". I like the fact that weighing 12 stone, I wear size 12 clothes. And only my GP knows my weight, it never ever ever crops up in conversation...

trousers: longer leg trousers in lots of places now (Next, DP, also Jigsaw trousers are very long)

HTH confused

SoupDragon Fri 28-Sep-12 07:58:04

You may not weigh less if you were shorter - you may weigh the same and just be squashed and fatter grin

I get trousers from where they offer different leg lengths - I'm only 5'7" but seem to have disproportionately long legs.

diddl Fri 28-Sep-12 07:58:58

Well I´m short-5ft- & wish I was taller.

My husband is over 6ft so I guess most/many people think that we look ridiculous together.

I have to ask people to reach things down in supermarkets-which is how I met my husbandgrin

Clothes are too long.

justpaddling Fri 28-Sep-12 08:03:58

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Shodan Fri 28-Sep-12 08:08:12

I've always loved being taller than average too (and not that tall at 5'8") although I do agree that occasionally I feel like a right galumph next to dainty friends.

Strange, though- I noticed recently that at ds2's new school most of the mums are my height or taller- we definitely outnumber the dainties!

As for the duvet, I believe I have the answer- eject DH from the bed and lie diagonally. Duvet is plenty long enough then grin

MrsRobertDuvallHasRosacea Fri 28-Sep-12 08:09:47

Ideally I 'd like to be 2 inches shorter which would make shopping a bit easier.
I would love to wear heels but feel ridiculously tall next to friends and dh.

But on the other hand, I am

LizLemon007 Fri 28-Sep-12 08:11:25

ha ha, listen, I wish I was taller, I thought you were going to be 6'1 when I read the title of your op! I used to work with a girl that height and she was almost a foot taller than I was. NObody ever made me feel shorter about being short than she did!!! She LOVED being tall and used to big herself up about it the whole time. If a man glanced at her she'd say 'well I am tall'.

You HAVE a husband! wink I might start a thread "i wish I were taller and I wish i had a husband!". ACtually, I'm only joking. Mumsnet has cured me of wishing for a husband.

LizLemon007 Fri 28-Sep-12 08:12:56

What is 'average height' these days?? You read that it's 5'4" but amongst my friends I'd say it's 5'5, and amongst the 18-25 generation it's at least 5'6" so as short as i feel now, by the time i'm 80 i'll be up to the teenagers shins.

LizLemon007 Fri 28-Sep-12 08:16:38

wrt weighing less....... if you were shorter OP. I weigh only 9 stone,w hcih sounds terrific I guess. But I have a tummy, my thighs are a bit thick. All the slebs who are my height like Danni minogue or geri halliwell, if you read their heights it's usually something dainty like 7 stone 10. I would have to live on peppermint tea for ever to weigh that so it's the same ol' battle! short or tall.

MadBusLady Fri 28-Sep-12 08:17:02


Just under 5'8, I'd like to be a bit shorter and daintier too, I feel like an elephant sometimes. In high heels I can just about pull off tall and willowy, but DP is 5'9.

I don't really have problems with shopping though - it's only the last couple of years the cheaper high street shops have started doing obscenely short dresses and it'll pass. It's not so much the length, I find, as the fact that they're also high-waisted, which probably looks cute on a 5'5 person but on me looks like a babydoll nightie.

LucieMay Fri 28-Sep-12 08:19:00

I think taller women can pull off carrying extra weight a lot more than short women. If we have extra weight, we just like look dumplings!

AngryFeet Fri 28-Sep-12 08:19:05


Nuff said

Northernlurker Fri 28-Sep-12 08:20:33

I'm 5ft 3. You do NOT want to be short. You cannot reach anything. I have to ask for help in supermarkets! I recently had a tall colleague and it was BRILLIANT - he could reach everything. Also trousers etc are too long.

Sirzy Fri 28-Sep-12 08:24:36

If anyone wants to send a couple of their spare inches (in height!) to me feel free. I am only 5 foot 1/4 inch and being short is a pain!

tunnocksteacake Fri 28-Sep-12 08:24:59

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tunnocksteacake Fri 28-Sep-12 08:27:04

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Sirzy Fri 28-Sep-12 08:27:58

I can give you one of them in return! I am an F so that's not a problem!

13YearsOn Fri 28-Sep-12 08:29:11

Well I am 6'2" and haven't worried about my height since I left school. Can I recommend:

Duvet - get a bigger one such as king ir superking size.

Clothes - try I have shopped with them for 25 years. Everything is designed for tall women and it's not just added length. They can be z bit more expensive but the quality is great and they last forever.

Can't really help with your feelings about your height but remember he loves you as you are.

Embrace your height, get some properly fitting clothes and you will feel a different person.

Drop me a PM if you want help with anything.

Ephiny Fri 28-Sep-12 08:32:00

I agree, you might weigh less but you wouldn't necessarily look slimmer or wear a smaller size. It's weight proprortionate to height that matters, surely, not absolute weight?

Personally I'd love to be your height (I'm 5'2") but it's not like any of us can change it!

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