Some of the prettiest, special-occasion dresses I have found are from India--beautiful fabrics and quite modest. Because I am somewhat petite and have very narrow shoulders, most dresses these days, gape open on me at the plunging necklines that are offered in European or N. American clothing (plus, most appear to be made in China anyway). I find it annoying and I refuse to wear immodest clothing or look like a kid dressed up in her mother's clothes (although my mother was barely 5 ft. tall). But, I usually wear petite-length jeans, slacks or the occasional pantsuit, when I go out. Other than that, I will wear a skirt and top/blouse/sweater of one sort or another. Invariably, I have to hem them before I wear them as it is difficult to find attractive, petite-lengths in most clothing (my 11-year-old granddaughter is my height--and she isn't particularly tall for her age). Around the house, I prefer to wear nice lounging wear--very comfortable.When I was younger, I dressed up for anything and everything. Being a military wife gave me more opportunities to dress up, too, and that was always fun. I loved romantic, dramatic dresses, ruffles, lace, velvet, dress styles from the 40s and 50s. The bigger and fuller the skirt, the better. One time, I had to sneak into the closet at church to remove my petticoat, because my choir robe wouldn't fit over my skirt. I tend to wear separates now, skirts and tops or sweaters, but I still like to dress over the top sometimes. It's so much fun. When my youngest daughter and I go out together, we like to dress up. And did I mention you can never have too many sequins or crystals? (And boots. I have a pair with lots of teal, Swarovski crystals.) Except for boots, my shoes are a bit more sensible than when I went everywhere in four inch heels.