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So, at 5'4", I take it I'm too short for a Maxi dress?

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vacaloca Wed 01-Jul-09 13:34:39

even if I have it shortened?

BreevandercampLGJ Wed 01-Jul-09 13:35:58


<<5'3..............>> grin

bigTillyMint Wed 01-Jul-09 13:36:17

Are you very slim? My curvy friend is about your height and would not be seen dead in one, but if you are very slim, I think you'd look fine.

(thank god I'm tall wink)

vacaloca Wed 01-Jul-09 13:38:42

No, unfortunately not very slim. sad Ah well, back to the drawing board.

Anyone got any suggestions for something to wear to a 40th birthday party?

muddleduck Wed 01-Jul-09 13:39:18

I think it depends on your frame/build as much as your height.

I'm 5.5 and can't wear them as they just look like lumpy tents.

MamaG Wed 01-Jul-09 13:40:00

Yes you are

muddleduck Wed 01-Jul-09 13:40:04

what are your legs like?

chevre Wed 01-Jul-09 13:43:12


vacaloca Wed 01-Jul-09 13:44:11

legs fugly - hence desire for maxi dress coverage.

traceybath Wed 01-Jul-09 13:45:52

Well i tried one on and looked hilarious but am 5ft and about to have dc3 in 3 weeks - what on earth was i doing!

However my sister is 5ft 3 (the tall one of the family wink) and she looks fab in a maxi dress.

Think you need to try one on - it needs to be not massively floaty and you need wedges with it. And take someone who will give you an honest opinion.

abouteve Wed 01-Jul-09 13:48:22

No your not. I'm 5 2 and am going to buy one for my hols and a festival. I've tried some on before and they looked great with some stappy wedges.

MamaG Wed 01-Jul-09 13:48:24

ooh I just remembered nbg wore a plain maxi dress last time I saw her, she's 5 3 and she looked FAB. She's lovely and slim though envy

I'm a fat fecker at 5 3.5 and would look a twat in a maxi dress

OrmIrian Wed 01-Jul-09 13:50:27

I often wonder how normal height people cope with some clothes. I'm 5'11" and I have bought dresses that reach the floor on me (not often - usually I'm lucky if they reach my shins hmm). But as I am a freak it makes me wonder that anyone bothers to design such long stuff when the majority of women reach my shoulders!

But to the OP, I wouldn't.

vacaloca Wed 01-Jul-09 13:51:19

Hmm, maybe I'll have to try one one then...

vacaloca Wed 01-Jul-09 13:52:37

x-posts OrmIrian - I wasn't just being contrary.

Maybe I shouldn't try one on then...

ThePhantomPlopper Wed 01-Jul-09 13:58:09

I'm 5ft 4" and slim and can't wear one.

But my Mum is 5ft 1", bigger than me and looks fab in them!

OrmIrian Wed 01-Jul-09 13:59:26

Nooo try them!

OrmIrian Wed 01-Jul-09 14:00:12

But not if you have to have the bottom chopped off. Would spoil the look I think.

traceybath Wed 01-Jul-09 14:02:44

this style could work

MaggieBeeBeau Wed 01-Jul-09 14:11:37

I'm only five foot two, so you're going to think I'm very cheeky, but I don't think you should!!!

although sienna miller is also tiny and she carries it off, because she's so slim. so maybe maybe!

ZZZenAgain Wed 01-Jul-09 14:14:19

it depends on your proportions. You need to try one on and see if it works in a full-length mirror.

ShowOfHands Wed 01-Jul-09 14:23:03

I'm the same height as you and I wear them. I think I look perfectly acceptable. I'm a size 10 if that makes any difference at all. Ones with enormous prints don't work on me, but otherwise they're fine.

OrmIrian Wed 01-Jul-09 14:24:10

Remembering back to the 70s when I was little, we had a friend who was a hippy type and quite small. She wore them and looked very lovely.

MaggieBeeBeau Wed 01-Jul-09 15:01:23

It's quite hard to find dresses with small prints and prints I think, that don't look too 1950s! and I don't mean 1950s in a cool retro way, i mean like you pulled out of a suitcase under somebody's bed.

annoyingdevil Wed 01-Jul-09 15:47:07

Saw some yummy mummies in the park earlier wearing them and they looked fab (they were only average height) envy

I would look like a sack of spuds in one

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