Please forgive the terrible office bathroom selfie - but I wanted to demonstrate clearly exactly how long the skirt I’m wearing today is. And here is why:
On my way to work this morning I decided to treat myself to a purchased cup of coffee - so I stopped at one of the convenience stores along my route. After making my cup of coffee, I went and stood in a fairly long line to pay - while I’m standing there, minding my own business, holding my single cup of coffee and slowly moving toward the register, a tall slender blond woman in a well tailored pant suit paused on her way past me and leaned toward me to say in a marginally hushed tone “Don’t you think that skirt is a bit too short?”
*blink* *blink* “Too short for what?” I replied, genuinely confused.
She flutters her free hand vaguely up and down in my direction and says “Too short for someone like you to be wearing.”
I’m fairly certain at this point I made a very confused and slightly shocked face, however I also managed to reply “Nope” - and at that point the line moved forward and she moved on to get into line far behind me, alleviating me from the burden of having to have any further exposure to her.
I will admit to being vaguely curious about what exactly she was referring to. Someone my age? Someone my height? Someone of my skin color? Someone my weight? I’m wearing the skirt with plain black 1” wedge peep-toe shoes, my ass is not in any danger of hanging out of the back of the skirt - frankly the outfit is fairly conservative. I suspect she felt that someone with my body size/shape should be more completely covered up, but no matter what the reason was that she felt the skirt was inappropriate for me, or how “kind” she felt her motives were, her policing of how I present myself is entirely inappropriate.
Yup, these things really happen.