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I have a cute, new dress that I bought in late spring.
I have not had an opportunity to wear it and
now I am not sure if it is long enough to wear to work.
It's not short, short and some people would probably think I'm crazy but
is it o.k. to wear a dress to school that does not reach my knee by about 4 inches.
The dress itself is completely appropriate, I'm just not sure about
the length as far as wearing it to school.
What do you think??


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Check it with the fingertip rule. That isn't really a sure-fire way, because it depends how long your legs are, but it is a start.
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Nope! Not at my school. Rule is no higher than 3 inches above knee.
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My teaching partner is young and thin and adorable and wears dresses that are about that length. I think that they are completely appropriate.
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I'm sure you would look great in this dress! However, I would not feel professional in any dress above the knee. I love dresses, and I have lots that are about that length but I keep all my skirts/dress at or below the knee for work.


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I think a few inches above the knee is appropriate.
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I have really short legs, so four inches above the knee would be too short on me. (It would be about mid-thigh length on me, which is too short for my size and age.)

The fingertip measurement wouldn't work for me either. I have short arms to go with my short legs, so my butt cheeks would be hanging out of my dkirt if I went with the fingertip rule.

If you are comfortable in it and it doesn't go against any clothing policies, then give it a try.
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Think about what you do during the day. I had a cute denim skirt (shorter than I usually wear), but when I sat down (like in front of my kiddos on the carpet), I felt uncomfortable. So, now I wear longer skirts or slacks to school. Then I can sit on the floor, squat next to a desk, or play Duck, Duck, Goose! People who work in offices never have to worry about such things.
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I think skirts above the knee are fine. However, four inches might be pushing it. Just my opinion. I'm sure it's cute though!
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About 15 years ago, when I was obviously younger, I had a pretty dress that I wore to school. It was a few inches above my knee. I was teaching third grade and went out on the playground to pick up my kids. One of the girls came up to me and said, "If I were your mother, I wouldn't let you wear that!" It was a good thing it was a kid who I really liked!
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What if you just wear leggings underneath?? That's what I do with my questionable dresses!
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:08 PM
 
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I agree with the other poster- wear it with leggings- the kind that go to about midcalf length, and you'll be covered.
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Never had the discussion at school
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No one at my school wears skirts shorter than knee length. We've never had the conversation but that seems to be the norm.
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:04 PM
 
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I would go with your comfort level, keeping in mind what you need to do during the day. If you spend a lot of time on the floor with kids, it might not be super comfy. If you spend more time standing and circulating, then it may be just fine. We often have people wearing shortish skirts. I tend to wear leggings underneath because I'm much more comfortable that way, but many don't.
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That's way too short for school. Unless you wear it with leggings.
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my rule is....if you have to ask, then its to short.
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:05 AM
 
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thanks everyone,

The opinions seem pretty even either way so i'll probably play it safe and just not wear it to work unless i see anyone else wearing dresses of a similar length. Just wish i could have an occasion to wear the wear the dress.
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