Wearing our Dress Extender Under a Skirt

dress extender under a skirt for 3 generations

Wearing our Dress Extender Under a Skirt

Quote of the day: “Life is trying to see if they work.” Ray Bradbury

You may not think that you’d need a dress extender in a million years. Or maybe you are looking at them and having the thought that our slip is showing! Well you could be right to all of the above. But in the case that you too have an occasional skirt that seems a bit on the short side, then this dress extender could be your best friend.

We started the series by wearing the extender like it’s supposed to be worn which is under a dress. But why not wear it under a skirt too? Or maybe we are the only women that happen to have skirts in our closest that feel a tad too short?? I know my usual thought with these pieces are to wear them with leggings. But the summer is a bit too hot for that, so this extender could be another solution!

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I would hope that I’m mature enough to realize that I don’t need a ton of mini skirts in my closet.

But when I bought this skirt, I tried it on with tights, and it was a fabulous deal! You can see that I wore it with tights the first time and it seemed fine! It wasn’t until I was going to wear it in the spring, that I realized it seemed a bit shorter than I thought! Luckily I had this dress extender to style for under a skirt!

Under a skirt if it's too short for women over 50

You can see that all three of us paired a white or beige top with our skirts to book end the dress extender that is sticking out from under the skirt. Since there are other colors of dress extenders in pink, grey, brown, and black, you wouldn’t always have to wear a white top! But it seemed the obvious pairing to me for our lace extender!

The other nice thing about this extender is the adjustability with the straps. I could lengthen it or shorten it depending on where we wanted it to hit on our bodies!!

extender under a skirt for women 50+

The other item I want to showcase is this top! It’s a Stepanie O design, who is a local designer here in Denver!! I had bought another piece of hers, a year ago from a local boutique, which was this interesting vest!!

The cool thing about this top is there is that the sheer ruffle is removable. I actually wore this top just recently when talking about accessories, but I didn’t take the time to showcase it since it was under a jacket! So I thought it’d be fun to show you how it can change shape! Without the ruffle, it’s a faux leather cropped tank top! But snap on the ruffle and it becomes an asymmetrical, flowy shirt!

under a skirt for outfit

Because the top is solid colored, I had to add in my normal accessories. We compared the thought of wearing accessories vs non wearing just last week! And with many of the ruffles and details that I see on the shirts in the stores, you may not opt for the extras?

But I also think it depends where the ruffle is located! If it’s on the side of the shirt, then I’d probably wear a shorter necklace. Or with the one shoulder shirts, a choker could look great! What’s your opinion? Too much or fun with the accessories??


Woman over 40 & short skirt with extender under the skirt

Dress Extender: Grace & Lace (here or similar here)~~Skirt: LOFT (similar here)~~Top: Stephanie O (similar here)~~Shoes: Simply Vera (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: The skirt in Nancy’s outfit, has the same color in it that the extender is–well, basically! 

Nancy’s worn this skirt with her leggings last winter, because she was aware it was short! But she loved the designs on the skirt, so she thought it’d work fine with leggings!! And it does, but then that means it’s only good for the winter!! This would be a good example to see if a black dress extender would look good under a skirt?

Dress extender under a skirt for woman over 60

Nancy had just bought this blush purse recently. This particular purse ended up being smaller than she imagined, even though she bought it at the store.

Does that ever happen to you? The purse seems big enough, but when you get it home and try it out, your items just don’t fit well!

Well, needless to say, Nancy returned this purse, but I bought her one for her birthday that is better sized!! You’ll see it soon enough! There are some wonderful selections for blush purses. If you like the idea of a clutch or whether you need more room in your bag, I found a couple to entice you!

close up of dress extender outfit under a skirt

Nancy had also added in  couple pairs of blush shoes to her closet!! Anyone else loving the blush trend lately?? We noticed that they are just as versatile as nude shoes, because they match Nancy’s complexion so well.

This pair was from an online shopping trip, so it’s a good example that sometimes online shopping is very beneficial!! I think the blush trend is going to be around for awhile, so if you want some sandals, then these are a great deal! If you’re interested in covering the tootsies, then you might like these better!!

under a skirt is a dress extended for women 60+

Dress Extender: Grace & Lace (here or similar here)~~Skirt: Desigual from Trendz (similar here)~~Top: Cable and Gauge (similar here)~~Shoes: Breckelles (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: For my mom’s look with the dress extender under a skirt, we chose her sassy skirt that my cousin’s company produced.

These skirts aren’t being made anymore, but all three of us have a couple in our possession!!

dress extender under a skirt for Woman 70+

You can see that the skirt has more of a flair than the extender. But there are other versions of dress extenders that are available, if most of your skits are this style. This one has a shark bite detail or this one has a couple tiers of ruffles.

under a skirt for lace

The white shirt is a souvenir from the Netherlands when my mom visited there many years ago!

The lace is such a gorgeous detail, and it’s so pretty that we even decided against wearing a necklace, so we didn’t detract from the lovely design!

under a skirt to make longer

And to finish off mom’s outfit, I let her match her shoes to what she was wearing! In a way, all three of us matched our shoes to something. I matched my shoes to the brown in my skirt. Nancy matched her shoes to the color of her purse. And my mom matched her shoes to her top! What’s your favorite way to choose your shoes??

I know white shoes are more popular lately. If you still have a pair in your closet, there’s still time to wear them before it gets colder!! Or you could add a pair to your wardrobe. This pair of sneakers is definitely more feminine than most, or if you like the pom poms, then these are adorable! Here are more options if you are interested here, here & here!

woman 70+ with extender under a skirt

Dress Extender: Grace & Lace (here or similar here)~~Skirt: Ric Rac Designs (similar here)~~Top: bought in the Netherlands (similar here)~~Shoes: SRO (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

What do you think? The dress extender may not be an item that you wear all of the time, but it could be one of those pieces that is needed in certain situations! For instance, if you end up crushing on one of the skirts below that might be a tad too short!! Then it’ll be well worth it’s weight in dollars!!

Or check in your lingerie drawer!! Could you have a full slip that might also work??

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If you have ever looked at a skirt and thought it was pretty, but too short, then this is the best fix! Wearing your dress extender under a skirt could be perfect:

  • Amy D. Christensen

    You gals look so pretty and those dress extenders really look cute with all of your skirts. Great idea when we buy a skirt that might be a little shorter than what we were thinking! – Amy

    • It’s funny how my thoughts have changed lately!! I used to think I should get rid of the things I wouldn’t wear. Now I’m finding ways to keep and wear them. It’s not so good for keeping my closet pared down—eeek!!

  • I’ve been debating on getting a dress extender but now you’ve convinced me I need one!

    Doused in Pink

    • I think it’s one of those pieces you don’t need often, but when you do, it’s great to have it!!
      Thanks Jill!!

  • I have never in my life heard of a dress extender. Do we have such things in Australia?

    • I hadn’t heard of them either until I was reading a blogger who wears them constantly!! I did find this one in a brick & mortar store, but I know many people get them online!!

  • Michelle Leslie

    You all look fabulous Jodie, although I must admit this extender does seem to work better with skirts that are “straight down” rather than an A-line. And I adore that “removable ruffle” top you’re wearing, that’s such a neat idea

    • I totally think you’re right, Michelle! Now I just need to find black, A-line extenders for mom & Nancy!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Love all your looks. You’re flawless!

    Have a fabulous weekend ahead!

    Much love, Len


  • I didn’t even know an extender was something that existed! I will definitely be looking into these!!


    • It’s amazing what I learn from other bloggers!! These can definitely help for some of the shorter styles!
      Thanks Michelle!!

  • Really interesting to see how these extenders work under a variety of skirt styles and silhouettes. Thanks for showing such a diverse lineup so we can get an idea of how they’ll work with the different skirts in our own wardrobes!


    • Thanks Liz!!
      I really need to try the black extenders–especially under mom’s & Nancy’s skirts–it’d be interesting if I’d like it better!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    How cool is it that the sheer ruffle on the top is removable? I love that! I wanted to give you a heads up…Grace And Lace is having a Christmas in July sale and a bunch of their extenders are on sale. My favorite is the Lace Flounce Extender, I have it in all three colors…lol! It’s a half extender which is perfect when you don’t need the whole deal.

    • Ohhhhh….you’re a terrible enabler, I can see!! No, but seriously—thanks for the heads up. I think I want to get a black one, and have mom & Nancy wear the darker one next time!!

  • Well aren’t you ladies creative 🙂 and looking fabulous as usual. Another great idea for me to catalogue!


  • Looks fantastic on each of you! Love that top you’re wearing as well…so cute!

    Black Coffee Beautiful

  • Love this unique solution! You all look fabulous!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  • I never would have thought to styled these under a skirt but it looks very natural!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Leave it to me to try something strange…ha ha!!
      Thanks Amy!!

  • what a fun idea to spice up a skirt! I need to get a dress extender! cute post ladies!


  • Oh wow, I haven’t seen these before. What a clever idea. Great for adding an extra bit of protection for on the go mums. #Brillblogposts

  • Charlene Bullinger Asay

    I love this. I think extenders are a wonderful idea. Sometimes you love the skirt or dress but its just too dang short. This helps you feel more comfortable in it. Thanks for sharing.

    • See…that’s exactly what I thought Charlene!! Of course, it might have looked better if I’d used a black extender under my mom’s & Nancy’s skirts…but I think the idea is genius!!

  • Extenders are great idea to give a look new definition. You have done it perfectly. My fav would be the way Nancy did it.

  • I think you are exactly right Mimi!!! I was so excited to try this concept out, that I didn’t really consider the color/style of the skirt and extender. I really think I’d like to try a black one (maybe that is more a-line) for both my mom’s & Nancy’s skirts!!
    And I originally thought I’d wear mine for my shirt dress (because I feel uncomfortable sitting in it when it gapes open at the bottom), but I think I might need to buy another beige one and dye it to fit into the color of the shirt dress better!!

  • I think dress extenders are such a great idea! Although I rarely have length issues, haha, so short! I think they look great under y’alls skirts!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • I know the feeling, Brooke!! Usually I’m shortening things, not needing more length. But now that I’m older, I do feel uncomfortable in some of my mini skirts—yet they are so cute!!

  • I’m lucky enough to have pretty good pins so I don’t mind if a skirt is a bit shorter. I have to admit that like Leanne I had a bit of a ‘petticoat showing’ moment with the extender, but having said that anything that helps us get more wear out of items we already have in the wardrobe is an excellent idea.

    • It’s nice to hear that you don’t mind a shorter skirt, Jan!! Sometimes I do think we get too concerned about certain details. Although I have found some shorter skirts just aren’t as comfortable when I sit down lately…ha ha!!

  • writeofthemiddle

    Great idea – so long as paired with the right skirts/dresses! Love that top you’re wearing Jodie! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

  • I’m getting the whole “my petticoat is showing” vibe from this – shows my age (I bet young things have never owned a petticoat!) But I can also see their usefulness with the right outfit.

    • I can totally see that Leanne!! The funny thing is I didn’t see it that way in person when we were taking the photos. It wasn’t until I uploaded them and was looking at them, that I though about the slip thing!!

  • Kathy Marris

    What a great idea. I have so many short skirts that I could wear again with this addition. I’d never heard of a dress extender, but now I know! #TeamLovinLife

    • That’s how I felt when I first saw these pieces!! It may not be something you wear a ton, but when you need it, it’s good to have!!!

  • I initially thought the were petticoats but it’s a great idea (cos I’m not a petticoat person!). I’m tall and refuse to wear anything showing my knees which are flabby and revolting so it’s ingenious! #teamlovinlife

    • I have a couple of friends that are tall, Deb and I think this is a perfect solution!! I know a couple of them will have trim added to their dresses or skirts for the reason you said…but this could totally work too!!

  • Would you believe I’ve never heard of a dress extender? I can see how it would be great for those skirts that show a teeny weeny bit too much when you sit down. #TeamLovinLife

    • I know a lot of women hadn’t heard of these—but I totally thought they’d be perfect for certain women and certain situations!!
      Thanks Jo!!

  • Great idea! I have a few skirts that this might be just the thing to make them a little more practical.

    • I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one…ha ha!!
      Thanks Carrie!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    I adore lace extenders and love all these looks. I am going to expirement with using a lace extender one of my Amelia James tunic tops ,but alas I only have them in long sleeves and it is too hot right now. I think I can turn it into a dress, so stay tuned, lol That crop tank with added ruffle is genius!

    • I’m glad there are others that think this is fun and functional, Tracey!!

  • All these skirts are really cute and the extender works with all of them.


  • Dawn Lucy

    So clever! You three are just adorable!

    Dawn Lucy

  • I never thought to add it under a skirt! Genius! I love how you wore with with the pencil skirt. So flattering!


    • Thanks Liz!!
      For some strange reason I seem to have more skirts that are “too short” than dresses. Psychologically, I wonder what that means…ha ha!!

  • Laura

    A dress extender could really add a lot more versatility to a closet! And I really like the lace detail it adds to skirts! It’s a great option for shorter skirts you’d typically wear with tights, but want to wear with bare legs instead!

    • Exactly, Laura!!!! Who doesn’t love to get more versatility out of their closet this way??

  • When I saw the title “dress extender” I honestly could not picture what a dress extender would look like! I do believe this is the first time I have ever seen one! And what an awesome idea! I have a few dresses in my closet that I only wear with legging/tights because I feel they are too short. This would be the perfect solution! And even just to add a little more pizzazz to an outfit. I love this idea!

    • They are totally a functional item (besides pretty). I almost think I need both a white & black one for the different pieces in my closet. I think both mom’s & Nancy’s skirt would have looked better with a black extender under it!!!
      Thanks LIndsey!!

  • Ellese Launer

    I really love this!! At first I didn’t even notice that the extender was separate from the skirt. It looks very natural as if it is apart of the garment. This is a brilliant idea that I want to copy for myself! It adds a little more flare and personality to the look. Thanks for sharing! Xo, Ellese


    • Isn’t it fun to find different items that just seem so perfect for your closet, Ellese??

  • Another great post featuring these versatile extenders! Such pretty outfits you all are sporting! Love it! Peace!

    • Thanks Cheryl!!
      I think I even like these extenders better under the skirts….but I need to try them more to be sure!!

  • Oh, where did your mother went in the Netherlands? I think the extended under your skirt looks as if it is one piece! Great! And your mothers outfits looks very sporty, very young! And Nancy choose a perfect nail color with these neutrals!

    • Thanks Nancy!!
      I’ll forward this comment to my mom so hopefully she’ll answer your question!! I’d tell you where she went, but I have a hard enough time keeping track of where I’ve been…let alone both moms!! Ha ha!!

  • Vanessa

    These lace skirt extenders are beautiful! They look so cute under all of the outfits! Such a fun way to change up a look!


  • The lace hem of this extender is such a nice touch! I still can’t believe I have never seen this. Love all these skirts!


  • Mary Kalpos

    What a pretty idea Jodie. I had no idea they made these things. As long as it is not too hot I would love to try one.

  • Mahi Chaurasia

    all are looking such a pretty

  • Rebecca Saffer

    I had not heard about dress/skirt extenders before your last post and think they can really look nice under shorter garments. That being said, I really liked your outfit best and think it is a matter of proportion and shape of the top garment. To my eye, the extender really looks great when it seems to be part of that garments shape. I miss the way slips would just create a lovely ease under a skirt or dress which is so important now that most manufacturers skip linings as well.
    Another great post, Jodie!!

    • It’s funny you said that Rebecca about liking the extender best when it looks like part of the garment. Because I didn’t even notice the difference with mom’s & Nancy’s skirt shape and the shape of the extender until I was placing the photos in the post!! It makes me wonder if you’d notice as much if both of them were wearing a black extender instead??
      I grew up with all kinds of slips (well, it didn’t hurt that my mom made them all for me), but you just don’t hear about them much anymore—so interesting, huh??

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Yes, I agree with a few others, I adore your outfit. Not so much the others–they almost don’t need the extension.

    • I can see your point, Terri! But I know both of these skirts are too short for mom & Nancy as is (without leggings), and it makes me wonder if a black extender would look better??
      It makes me realize that even when I have a good idea (at least, I think it’s a good idea..ha ha) that it can many times need some tweaking!!

  • I really like the idea of these skirt extenders and didn’t even think that it was a slip. I clicked on your link and love the other color options. A pretty way to make a plain dress more feminine too. I think it works best with your skirt b/c it’s a straight style, like your skirt where your mom’s skirt is more a-line. Either way, it’s an excellent solution. What will they think of next?


    • It is one of those items that maybe you won’t wear a ton, but heck…when you need it…it’s great!!

  • Judy Gramith

    I think your oufit works really nicely with this extender Jodie. The straight shape of the extender pairs well with with the straight skirt you’re wearing. I don’t like this extender as well with Charlotte’s and Nancy’s skirts because it doesn’t follow the A-line of their (darling) skirts.
    You know I’m a DIY gal… I think that a regular knee length slip with a bit more lace, crochet, or other embellishment added at the bottom would nicely accomplish an extender role. Since slips come in a-line and straight shapes it would be possible to create for your personal needs at a pretty low cost (?)

    • Ahhhh….now that’s brilliant, Jude!! Once you get all moved and settled, we should work on a DIY montly post because you have the best ideas!!!

      • Judy Gramith

        Do you remember proposing that same idea about a year ago? I don’t know if I’m THAT brilliant, although I do know that you are very sweet to say so. . . My mind is sort of constantly hatching ideas though. Even when I shop I see ways to improve some of the garments I see… Perhaps we’ll be ” Sleepless In Seattle ” pondering this idea 🙂

        • Actually I do remember saying it before—and I don’t mean to bug you (my husband calls me persistent—another nice word for stubborn..ha ha), but it seems like everyone loves those kind of ideas, and I’m fresh out of time lately!!

          • Judy Gramith

            You’re funny Jodie. I totally get the out of time concept!! Hey! Persistence works!!
            Let’s keep this on the boiler and discuss more as you said; when I’m settled in.

  • It goes perfect with your outfit! Love that tank top of yours too! Two thumbs up!

  • Karen

    Once again, the dress extenders add interest to your outfits. (I’m getting the black one for winter due to a few dresses with straight, too short skirts that I love and want to wear!) I really like the top you have on Jodie! Adding or removing the panel changes it up completely, and I like how the extender is the same width as your skirt. This does not look like a slip showing due to the design of the extender. Using the same color top as the extender looks very cohesive too. I’m very much loving the blush trend, but can’t wear it near my face (makes me look washed out). I have to use it in accessories that stay away from the face, like Nancy has done so well with the purse and her shoes. Isn’t it funny about those purses, they look so cute in the store until you “move in” and nothing fits. Some crossbody bags are so tiny, and so many of them seem to have too small of an opening in the first place. Cute to look at, but impractical! Like your mom, I’m wearing my white shoes often. While white jeans and white coats and other white clothing items look fine all year, for some reason the white shoes don’t. And sandals sure aren’t practical when it’s snowing! Your mom’s skirt is so pretty, looks like blue running through it. And her top is beautiful with all the lacey detail! Once again, the three of you nailed it with the extenders!!

    • I love that you purchased a dress extender, Karen. I do think they are one of those pieces that maybe you don’t wear a ton, but they are great when you need them. In fact, I may need to get a black one, because that color might look better with mom’s & Nancy’s skirts.

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I happen to love dress extenders and lace top extenders. You all three wear one perfectly and I just love it and the extra feminine touch it adds.

    • I think they are so fun Andrea!! I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks so!!

  • It’s a great idea! Have a nice day.

    Gemma x

  • I think the extenders work well with skirts when the top features lace or a jagged cut like yours Jodie. It creates more continuity.