A young internet friend writes:
Can you help me?
Thank you so so much
Just 15 and already superfantastic! She is eschewing jeans and baggy sweatpants for skirts! Heels to school! Francesca is so proud (and, a leetle beet scared).
This question gives Francesca an opportunity to post links to many, many different sites which sell clothes for the non-tiny-little-stick-girls! So, when clicking, please look around for other things you might like at the same store.
Francesca asked Emily a few questions and learned that we must search for petite sizes or skirts that run short, which are suitable for the artsy high school girl (though Francesca is wondering how to reconcile “artsy” with “heels” and “cute”), and which are under $75. Oh, and dear Emily does not like denim! Wow! This girl is a diamond to be treasured.
First, Francesca, who is also a Short Girl, advises Emily to learn to sew or to make friends with a nice seamstress who can bring up hems and take seams in, for a perfect fit. These things are quick and inexpensive to do, and make a big difference in how things look. This plan frees Emily to try all sorts of skirts which may in the past have been certainly too long. Of course, skirts with interesting detailing at the hem cannot be shortened without disturbing the pattern, so this plan works best with skirts that are all of one color or one continuous print.
Unless otherwise noted, all of the skirts which Francesca is about to suggest will have to be shortened by Emily. Some also start at size 14, so they might have to be taken in, too. But! The prices are low enough that Emily can bring several skirts to a seamstress and have them altered, without going over budget! And this way, you know they will be exactly the length which Emily wants.
We start with flirty skirts from Torrid.com:
Please, leave the patterned stockings at home!
Black pinstripe pleated mini-skirt(which would fall longer on the Petite girls)
Above-the-knee pencil skirt from JC Penney, very pleasing to Francesca!
If Emily is willing to try longer skirts, there are several very cute, and very artsy, styles at Alight.com.
For example, here is their tie-dye skirt (available in 4 colors, starting at size 14; easily shortened or taken in)
And, for days when you want to look more conservative because you have a meeting with your stodgy math teacher, who is a throwback to the 50’s himself, here is an adorable number, called the Urban Renewal skirt, which can be shortened in a wink:
And SWAK Designs also has several mid-length skirts which Emily might like. However, Francesca worries that the smallest size available there, 14/16, would be much too large for the teenage Emily who wears up to 14. But I mention it in case you wish to try.
Believe it or not, the Home Shopping Network has lots of great skirts in a range of sizes. Just go to HSN.com and do a keyword search for “skirt.” The prices are mostly higher than for the skirts above, but often there are clearance discounts.
This skirt at HSN is on clearance sale and would come to Emily’s knees, since it is not a Petite size:
And this orange dessert is on deep clearance:
Finally, this would not be a post by Francesca without a skirt from Talbots. Here, from their online outlet (73 percent off!), is an adorable skirt available in petite and women’s petite (and in brown)