Betty Draper had her fainting couch. I have my reading chair. My new reading chair.
I shall call it “The Betty”. Alice approves.
I hate being short. Well, not short exactly … just not tall. It’s one of the sorrows of my life that I was not endowed with an extra 2 or 3 inches, height-wise. It’s very simple: all I want is to be 5’9. Instead, I hover around the 5’7 mark, on a tall day. With 2 extra inches of leg, I could have conquered the world. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
As it happens, I’m friends with a couple of stunning Amazons; I always feel like a midget when I walk beside them. [As an aside, I consider it a compliment when I point this out to them, although sometimes I think it makes them uncomfortable. I’m just jealous, ladies. Honest.] So, my new ambition is to find a way to turn the tables on them … somehow.
I think I may have just found it.
As luck would have it, Holt Renfrew has a sale on right now. [Currently @ 70% off — you should check it out.] Michael Kors sang to me – the siren song of skyscraper heels, irresistible to us shorties. At $60, it was not long before I found myself heading straight into the dangerous shoals of, um, the cash register. The shoes are surprisingly comfortable, considering the 5′ heel (the platform really helps), and they make me look like I’m wearing the cutest stilts ever. OK, maybe not quite — but the effect is the same.
And I checked – I’m finally eye-level with my Amazons … as long as they wear flats.
The Monday-to-Friday grind never ends. Might as well have fun with your clothes.
Camisole, Jacob Connection; jacket, Diane von Furstenberg;
skirt, winners; shoes, Michael Kors; necklace, Banana Republic.
Another attempt at the blousy tucked-in look. I’m on a roll! This below-the-knee skirt length can be tricky, but I love the overall silhouette when it works out. Very 1940s-inspired. Sky-high heels help, as does a short-waisted/cropped jacket (it balances the extra length at the bottom, so you don’t end up looking like you’re wearing a taller person’s clothes). And I decided to try mixing my patterns! The skirt is a subtle plaid, and the top is vaguely floral — and I think they work. Thanks InStyle!
The finishing touch:
A little bit odd, a little bit girly. Come to think of it, that could be my style epitaph, no?