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Dresses - high waist seams driving me mad!

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Ilovetorrentialrain Tue 26-Jan-16 11:10:18


Is it just me or are waist seams on dresses nowadays all too high? I.e. About 2inches above the natural smallest part of the waist?

If a one knows of anywhere completely avoiding this daft trend please let me know and I'll spend my money there!

I'm only 5ft 4" and certainly not long in the body.

Anyone else not like the feeling of a waist band in the wrong pace?

MercyPlease Tue 26-Jan-16 11:13:54

I'm 5'11...can you feel my pain? grin

I wear midi tube dresses / bodycon styles or shift dresses.

Skater styles and anything 'waisted' is always wrong on me. Makes me look like tits on a stick or 5 months pregnant.

Ilovetorrentialrain Tue 26-Jan-16 11:30:15

Mercy would you wear 'fit and flare' styles if the waist band was right though? Also have you noticed this as a recent (last year or so) phenomenon?

Driving me nuts so I can only imagine how anyone taller might feel!

I have no idea how to get feedback like this to those churning out the daft things.

KondoAttitude Tue 26-Jan-16 11:34:02

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Alastrante Tue 26-Jan-16 11:36:53

I would like to add a special mention for Boden, who, in their tall range, seems to lengthen the bottom hem rather than lengthening the body.

steppemum Tue 26-Jan-16 11:45:59

try being 5'8''
dresses are always too high waisted and too short.

winds me up that there is a petite range but not a tall range in so many shops. (and if there is it is longer length, not re-proportioned)

FanjoBean Tue 26-Jan-16 11:47:23

I'm glad it's not just me! I thought it was because I'm quite large-chested and it was taking up too much material in the top half and pulling the hem up. But even when I've purposely bought dresses too big, they still make me look pregnant because the waist is right under my boobs.

Ilovetorrentialrain Tue 26-Jan-16 12:02:36

FanjoBean it's definitely not just you. I'm not large chested in any way and these dresses make me feel a bit 'busty'.

Listen up high street shops!

eurochick Tue 26-Jan-16 12:23:17

I hate this too. So many waists land on my ribs! I'm a long bodied 5'6 but not exactly a giant. It's really annoying. I have spent a lot of time and effort over the years to trim my waist through gym work and high waists make me look really thick around the middle.

LazySusan11 Tue 26-Jan-16 12:43:30

So glad it's not just me! I don't have a waist but am 5ft 7 and have a short body, unless I find dropped waist dresses I can't wear them or jumpsuits. Very annoying.

burnishedsilver Tue 26-Jan-16 12:46:32

I like it. It hides the fact that I dot have a waist.

burnishedsilver Tue 26-Jan-16 12:46:56

don't, not dot!

ledgeoffseason Tue 26-Jan-16 12:48:37

Yes, 5'11 here and bane of my life, esp as pp say Boden/top shop tall dresses with two inch longer hems and exactly same waist!

AgathaF Tue 26-Jan-16 13:12:34

Same here. I'm 5'9". Skirts too. I often have to buy a size bigger in skirts so that they sit on my hips and are a bit longer, rather than buying the right size which would give anyone walking behind me a view of my knickers.

CointreauVersial Tue 26-Jan-16 13:28:18

LOL at "tits on a stick"!

I also have problems with this, even though I'm only 5'7", and have been known to remove and relocate belt loops so I'm not belting a dress/cardigan around my ribcage. This of course doesn't work if there's a seam.

To some extent, it's the current style to have a higher waist. It's particularly prevalent in the "younger" shops, like H&M. It makes you look more leggy, at least.

Looking back at the 80s/90s, waists were lower, almost dropped, and we belted things at the hip, for example.

Ilovetorrentialrain Tue 26-Jan-16 14:20:15

Cointreau I loved that 90s 'on the hip' waistline.

I can see what the higher seams are designed to achieve, E.g longer legs, but I can't wait for the trend to be over.

Higher end for me is Ted baker or French Connection - for something a bit special or everyday in the sales. Even they are doing it though.

hiccupgirl Tue 26-Jan-16 15:03:22

High waists work really well for me, sorry!

I'm 5'3 and a bit and have a naturally high waist with wide! chunky hips. High waists sit just right on me and flare out to hide my lumpy bits grin.

nothingwittyhere Tue 26-Jan-16 15:07:02

Hate them too, especially combined with the above the knee skirts which are currently endemic (despite being continually told that "midi" is in. I would love midi to be "in" in the sense of actually on sale). I think they are meant to give a childish, colt-legged look - I am neither and looking even more short-waisted and long-legged in these garments is not going to make me so.

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