Outfit: let’s hear it for the shorties

 Dress: Frostine c/o Hell Bunny
Bag: Tippi c/o Hell Bunny
Boots: old B.A.I.T Footwear – very similar style here, I’m told it will be coming in black!

Shopping the classic 50s shape style when you’re short is a bit of a pain. None of the main brands have a petite range, so if you’re short, you often find styles don’t fit right in the body and the skirt is just a bit too long. It’s all a bit frustrating.

As I’ve found myself moving away from the look a bit lately, that’s probably one of the driving factors. I just don’t have the time or money to get things altered anymore – my patience for clothes that don’t fit from the get-go is pretty non-existent these days. And a super long skirt when you’re on the floor with a toddler a lot isn’t very practical.

Hell Bunny to the rescue! I’ve loved their half sleeve midi dress style, I had one in a different print and it was an ok fit (and looked nice in pictures), but I knew it would have been better with tailoring to shorten everything. I was so pleased to see what looked like an identical style, but with a shorter skirt in their new winter range. Turns out, that’s exactly what it is – and it’s super cute!

As it turns out, while dresses like this exist I’m not ready to give up my vintage style just yet…


  1. September 3, 2019 / 4:22 pm

    It is SO nice when brands consider petite and offer a shorter skirt length – it’s why I LOVE ordering from brands such as Hearts & Found, where you get to choose what length you want the garment in! That is SUCH a treat. It is always anxiety-inducing when I order from my fav, Collectif, as sometimes I buy their dresses and they are SUPER long – a gal of 5 foot 2 doesn’t do well in a dress that has a 27″ skirt! Ahh!

    So nice to see that Hell Bunny is adding petite lengths!!!

    • CiCi Marie
      September 4, 2019 / 8:58 am

      Yes I know exactly what you mean about Collectif – and their styles seem to be getting longer often! One of their skirts last AW was 29″!! That’s my inside leg measurement!! They do have some shorter styles too, but I’m always up for seeing more from all the brands. It’s so great to wear something straight off the peg without having to alter it.

  2. September 5, 2019 / 6:59 am

    Fit frustrations have been steering me away from a lot of repro as well. This is such a lovely style on you, quite seasonally appropriate too (feeling Autumnal here). There’s a definite ‘back to school’ vibe with the check pattern xx

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