Just when I thought I had pants lengths determined for good, the fashion world has gone all upside-down on me. I’m starting to process this new, shorter length for full length pants, that doesn’t come close to the floor, but a few inches higher.

Today I tried on a jumpsuit. I was helping a friend shop for an occasion outfit and we both were smitten with a navy jumpsuit that has a semi-sheer overlay at the top for a little upper arm coverage, and another semisheer angled side panel that starts from the waist and floats down the length of the leg — it’s a nice asymmetrical touch that adds lovely dimension and movement to the piece. It seems like a great season- and occasion- spanning piece — something that dresses up or down quite nicely.

We are nearly the same height and both tried a M, but hers puddled on the floor in her stocking feet, while mine ended below my ankles, just barely brushing the top of my feet. So weird, but again evidence that confirmed she has a longer torso and I have longer legs.

What I am wondering is whether that shorter length looks ok with a dressier shoe option like a heeled sandal or heeled booties if I wanted to dress it up. I think it would work with a flat metallic sandal for me in the summer, but I haven’t really seen these shorter lengths styled with dressier footwear.

Any ideas or opinions on this length and suggestions for styling with footwear?

PS I found pics of it online — I think it’s slightly shorter on me than on the model, which seems really unlikely, but my perception may be skewed. Both my friend and the SA were not bothered at all by the length on me.

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