How to Wear a Short Dress if You Have Ageing Knees

This season all the dresses seem to be cut about 10 centimetres above the knee, which is lovely – if you have legs like a racehorse! What do you do if, like Trinny, you love your short dress but hate your saggy knees? There is an incredibly inventive, yet simple, answer: a gauzy petticoat. 

Inspired by Marni, Trinny had one whisked up by a seamstress at a fraction of the cost of the designer item. Wearing it under any shift dress creates a whole new look and extends the life of the dress by years. Genius!

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  • Reply August 28, 2013


    great idea with the petticoat, but what to do when you don’t have a seamstress to hand and what type of gauzy material will work.

    • Reply August 29, 2013

      Trinny and Susannah

      You could make this yourself if you have a sewing machine Samantha. It is terribly simple. On the other hand most dry cleaners offer a tailoring service and are able to run up simple garments. The fabric I used is Organza. This is traditionally silk, although there are many synthetic organzas. Another beautiful fabric is the (much stiffer) organdie (usually cotton). Tx

  • Reply August 29, 2013

    Sally White

    Fabulous idea!! Will be using this myself!

  • Reply September 9, 2013

    Vanessa from Rio de Janeiro

    Great Idea!

  • Reply January 31, 2014

    Emily T

    I just have one question – what have you done at the waist? Is it elasticated? Doesn’t look like it but can’t see a zip or anything else…. Please help!

    • Reply January 22, 2016

      Emily Y.

      This is so late, but maybe you have email alerts turned on. I’m whipping up an organza half slip based on this tip right now. I’ll be making an elasticated waist. A zipper might be preferable since organza is a smidge stiff (compared to something like cotton voile or chiffon), but I don’t have one on hand right now and I expect elastic will be fine. I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’m making it based on this pattern:

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