The Right Length for Work

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Photos by Mary Summers,  So Then They Say Blog

What is the right length for work?

I am going to keep this week’s Work Wear Wednesday post nice and short. I am so tired from a busy July & August, and my next few days are jammed packed with shoots & events!

I thought everyone knew what the right length for work was, until my sister recently asked me before starting medical school.

Seriously, the picture she sent was of a dress nearly touching her knees, and she kept asking if I was sure that it was ‘the right length?’ When I mentioned this to a co-worker, she told me a story about a friend of hers that wears very short dresses and skirts to work… and thinks it is ok!

These two events prompted this post.

I have been working since I was 16, so I definitely think of myself as an expert in the ‘work wear’ category.

So, what is ‘the right length for work?’

This of course depends on a number of factors, including body proportions (longer or shorter arms), type of dress or skirt (if it flares at the end, you can add another inch or two), and the dress code of the office (business professional dresses and skirts should be even longer than business casual attire).

If you are tall, short, or average height, make sure your dress or skirt is not shorter than two inches above your knee. Business professional attire should be even longer. I would make sure those dresses and skirts are not shorter than one inch above your knee.

I am wearing a dress that actually flares at the end. I give myself an extra inch or two on these, only because in the office the dress will lay down flat and be long enough, but outside the wind will take it up a bit!

I cheat a tiny bit on skirts (because I am 5’11 after all), but I definitely make sure that the skirt is not shorter than 3 inches above my knee!

Not sure that two inches looks like? Grab a ruler or download a ruler app so you can check yourself!

Now put on your favorite work dress that you THOUGHT may be too short. WARNING: if you THINK the dress may be too short IT PROBABLY IS.

For women, it is extra hard for us to be taken seriously in the work place, and to be treated as equal among the men. If you are wearing short dresses and skirts, you are actually putting yourself, AND the rest of us back further.

Being appropriately dressed shows ambition! Make sure your clothes are the right length of work before you head out tomorrow!

PS: You probably saw these heels on my ‘The Best Shoes for Work Post‘. They are sold out in this color, but are still available in some gorgeous new colors (including a new I MUST GET ASAP)!!

The Outfit:

Spotted Flounce Dress (comes in Regular, Tall, and Maternity) + IT IS 40% OFF TODAY!!

Kate Spade Tote (old style, linked a similar style)

Tan Heels (color sold out, linked a nude pair I LOVE)

NARS Lipstick, Anita

Knot Earrings

BP Knot Cuff

Henri Bendel Cuff

Crossover Ring


  1. Sabrina
    June 3, 2020 / 10:10 pm

    Do measure from the middle of your knee or top of your knee?

  2. September 22, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    your solid color heels are THE RIGHT solid color. Great work on putting it together with your outfit 🙂

    Love it

  3. August 16, 2016 / 10:12 am

    this is definitely a struggle of mine, especially in the dead of summer in Southern California! its hot outside but freezing in the office and I love to walk outside during lunch.

    usually I go by the fingertip rule – or below them. and if its more than an inch above the knee I stick to flats, and do the heels with longer skirt & dresses.

    xo, Maddy

  4. Anonymous
    August 11, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    That example dress is way more than an inch or 2 above the knee…it’s like 3 or 4

    • August 11, 2016 / 10:32 pm

      Hi love! Yes, it’s three inches. If you read the entire post you will see what I say about flare dresses ;)!! Xoxo A

  5. Allie Mckin
    August 11, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Yeah to me to short skirts to work is a no no but so many people do it. And if you are tall and a small size it is even more challenging because a size 2 on someone who is 5’8″ is not the same as someone who is 5’4″. Though I think the length you have on is perfect and this stunner looks great on you!

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  6. Lisa
    August 10, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    The dress is so cute on you! I’ve been loving the spotted print, I saw it on you with the spotted scarf, and I think it’s adorable! I looked at the dress online, and the color looks so different!! Do you know if there’s only one color?


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