Couture from the 40's and 50's engages me. I miss women looking elegant, stylish, and ladylike. The Audrey Hepburn era had me smitten and yet her physique was so contrary to mine.
As much as I love the comfort of pants, I do enjoy wearing dresses from time to time. I am best flattered with a length just below the knee which, nowadays, is seldom in vogue.
There is a refinement and a grace that only a woman can translate...no matter how badly her thighs rub together in hosiery or her wide feet scream from the cramped quarters of unnaturally high heels. I have personal experience.
At my perfect weight, my figure is decent Yet, my torso is longer and limbs are slightly shorter, so I leave fitting rooms piled with my many attempts to find clothes that fit.
This model's waist is beyond my comprehension and has never been my reality. I do like the slimming lines and length of this dress though. Notice the tasteful gathers on the hips that only serve to make the waist look even smaller.