How to Not Trip in a Floor Length Dress

Download ArticleExplore this ArticleIN THIS ARTICLE1Put the dress on without shoes to see where it falls.2Walk around to see if the skirt tangles.3Lift the hem with heels if you need to.4Wear comfortable and safe shoes.5Practice walking in your dress-and-shoes combo.6Hem the dress if it’s still dragging.7Choose a backpack instead of an over-the-shoulder bag.8Practice good posture to center your weight over your feet.9Lift your dress when going up stairs.10Ensure that no one steps on your skirt when going downstairs.11Lift your skirt before you sit in or get out of a chair.12Avoid situations where your dress could get caught.13Be especially careful on uneven or slippery surfaces.14Put away distractions while you’re walking.+Show 11 more...-Show less...Other SectionsQuestions & AnswersRelated ArticlesReferencesArticle SummaryCo-authored byJordan Stolch

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How to Not Trip in a Floor Length Dress

This article was co-authored by Jordan Stolch. Jordan Stolch is an Image Strategist, Style Advisor, and the Founder of MiKADO - a concierge personal styling firm. With over a decade of experience, Jordan specializes in helping people eliminate the confusion and insecurities associated with how to dress in order to build a powerful image and use clothing to their strategic advantage. Jordan trains entrepreneurs, business leaders, and corporate executives in the foundations of "power dressing", from some of the country's preeminent companies such as Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Berkshire Hathaway, Universal Music Group, Starbucks, and Disney. She works with clients both in-person and virtually, teaching them how to take the confusion out of style so they can operate at a higher level. Jordan earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and studied Merchandise Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIDM).

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A long dress can be the perfect way to add a bit of glamour to your look. But how do you walk in a floor-length dress without tripping over the hem? To avoid embarrassing (and potentially dangerous) trips, make sure your dress fits you correctly. If your skirt’s too long, it could easily send you into a tumble. Be sure to also avoid trip-inducing situations (like escalators and bicycles) while wearing your floor-length dress.

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1 1 of 14:Put the dress on without shoes to see where it falls.Download Article

2 2 of 14:Walk around to see if the skirt tangles.Download Article

3 3 of 14:Lift the hem with heels if you need to.Download Article

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5 5 of 14:Practice walking in your dress-and-shoes combo.Download Article

6 6 of 14:Hem the dress if it’s still dragging.Download Article

7 7 of 14:Choose a backpack instead of an over-the-shoulder bag.Download Article

8 8 of 14:Practice good posture to center your weight over your feet.Download Article

9 9 of 14:Lift your dress when going up stairs.Download Article

10 10 of 14:Ensure that no one steps on your skirt when going downstairs.Download Article

11 11 of 14:Lift your skirt before you sit in or get out of a chair.Download Article

12 12 of 14:Avoid situations where your dress could get caught.Download Article

13 13 of 14:Be especially careful on uneven or slippery surfaces.Download Article

14 14 of 14:Put away distractions while you’re walking.Download Article

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