Since all this is probably as tedious to read about as it is busy to live through, I thought I could entertain you with a photo or two of "what I wore." I love this sueded silk dress by Graham and Spencer, although I realize that it's on the short side for a Woman of a Certain age. But my legs are in decent shape, Pater likes to see them, and I think that wearing the dress with dark tights and flat boots tones mitigates the length. So I'm conscious enough of the rules to mitigate, but I'm not going to let them rule me -- while my title asks if the dress is "too short," I'm pretty confident that for me, right now, it's just right! Goldilocks 'r' Us! I don't always wear it with a scarf, but I like the way the black, grey, and cream stripes of this scarf complement the equally neutral palette of the dress.
The day I wore this, I met Pater for dinner after work and managed to splash something on the dress. Given that it cost a fortune to dryclean (I'd only just got it out of that plastic wrap they do), I decided to take a chance with a gentle detergent and the delicates cycle of my machine. After waiting for it to line-dry, I was relieved to see that the dress survived quite nicely and I didn't lose any length, BUT the stain was still there, if fainter and smaller. So I repeated the whole process and, voilà, it's as good as if it came from the cleaner's.
And here I go, with a lightweight silk/cashmere cardigan, ready to get out there and impart some wisdom! Just another day at the lectern. . .