This has been bugging me a lot over the last six months, and I need to sound it out. Please, can someone set me straight about the proper length of little girl dresses?
You see, Toddler (3.5y … wait, 3.75y already!) loves wearing dresses – so much so that she would wear a dress to bed if she could (wait, that’s a nightgown … I guess she can!). She actually owns more dresses than pairs of pants or shirts. Yikes.
Anyway, except for the two long maxi dresses, they all seem quite short on her. Most of the hems hit at least 3 inches above her knees. While they look nice on her, the hemline necessitates something worn underneath because when she reaches up tall the cusp of her butt shows.
Since she’s a kid, she sits cross-legged a lot, especially in preschool, and leaps and rolls and flops around all day long. That’s a lot of underwear showing, and I am pretty uptight about keeping that under wraps in public!
Toddler loves tights, but she can’t pull them up 100% by herself yet, so for preschool she has to wear pants or “biker” shorts (in summer) under her dress. She fights me on that, but I insist.
Yet I am annoyed that I have to insist on this. Should little girl dress hems be this short? Is this a new thing or am I out of whack here?
I’m sorry, but I just can’t have my little girl exposing her lady parts, even if covered up in underwear, to anyone. Are the pants overkill? (Granted, it’s only May – but a quite chilly May still … only 53F right now!)
Why can’t the dresses be at least at the knee, or preferably a little lower? These are our little girls … can we wait until they’re 18 until they reveal thigh? Is that too much to ask? Just a little innocence for my little innocent?
But what did the dresses in, say the 1950s look like? Thanks to Google:
Okay, so there’s a (really adorable) mix here: some are as short as the newest Carter’s dresses (sometimes I curse you, Carters…), but others hit the knees. What gives?
Also, what did parents use to put under these dresses? Bloomers? Shorts? Nothing?
Please, set me straight: are dresses too short now, or are they just as they’ve always been? Am I just a prude? An overprotective prude?