I absolutely LOVE this midi-length dress I bought from Venus. A lot of their clothing is a little bit sexier and clubbier than I prefer personally, but this dress seemed like the right combination of "covered" while still having some sex appeal. Normally I preach that short women should keep their dresses/skirts at knee length, and that works a pretty universal rule. But you CAN wear a midi-length without looking 4 feet tall, as long as you watch your proportions!
To create the illusion of a curves (if you're an underweight petite like me), and the illusion of longer legs, belt the dress at your natural waist (i.e. the smallest part). Where that is individual to each person, and what style of belt is up to you. If, like me, you don't have a naturally-cinched in waist and want to fake it, don some shapewear. Again, you still want to be able to move in it though.
I think that when wearing a longer length like a midi, heels are nonnegotiable, but that's up to you. If you wear flats, avoid ankle straps so that your leg and foot have a long continuous line. It will help lengthen your legs without heels. I paired these with a chunkier heel (which will be featured in my video tomorrow), to help match the weight of my chunkier belt (yes, that's a thing I do... skinny heels with skinny belts, chunkier heels with chunkier belts... flats go with either).
Also, when trying on different midi-dresses, look at the length. Where does the end of the dress hit? I think that if it hits right at or slightly above the widest part of your calf, that's the perfect length! Anything longer, and your legs disappear, as does all of your height and stature. Try on different dresses to see which length you personally think you look best in.
And in the case of a turtleneck style dress, I also go for a mock-turtleneck because they're shorter. Regular turtlenecks require a TON more folding down on me because shorter women usually have shorter everything, including necks, and it just ends up being a whole lot of bulk around my neck, and stops being sleek. A mock turtleneck doesn't need to be folded down, and keeps my neck from having tons of extra bulk around it. My neck looks slimmer in a mock-turtleneck, plus I'm more comfortable.
I'm definitely 100% ready for cold weather, in case it weren't obvious!
New video up tomorrow, see you then!