The high-low hem has been wildly popular for the past few seasons, and this spring and summer it’s on-trend in a major way. Many spring 2012 runway shows including those from Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu, and DKNY have shown pieces featuring the revealing yet sophisticated hemline. The hot style features a high cut in the front and a longer line in the back for skirts, dresses, and tops. It’s been informally referred to as “the mullet” of the fashion world, but unlike the hairstyle, the high-low silhouette is feminine, youthful, and flattering on all body types. For a take on this popularized hemline, here are 4 ways you can style the “hi-lo” hem this spring/summer.
It’s show-off-your-legs season, so do just that by wearing a skirt with an exaggerated hemline. You can take the romantic hem up a notch and be daring in a skirt with a high, above-the-knee front line and a low, mid-calf back fringe like the coral, basketweave accented-waist Gianni Bini Annette Skirt ($88; left). It’s just another way to show off a sexy pair of heels or great platform wedges in the warm weather. The Jason Wu High-Low Pleated Skirt ($1,870), as seen in his spring 2012 runway show, is also a beautiful and playful bottom for spring. When wearing a high-low skirt, it’s best to keep your top simple for a balanced look.
MAXI DRESS WITH A TWIST
The maxi dress is a staple summer piece. To incorporate the high/low style, go for a maxi dress with a slightly higher front hem. The traditional maxi dress covers up your footwear, but beautiful jeweled sandals can shine in all their glory wearing this cute, peek-a-boo hemline. The Alba Color Blocked Maxi Dress ($168; right) by Michael Star not only features the high-low shape, but also another huge trend, color blocking. The Crisscross High-Low Gown ($495) by Aidan Mattox is an elegant evening wear dress made summer appropriate by the ruffled cutaway high-low hem in chiffon.
The sheer over-sized blouse like the AG Adriano Goldschmied Blouse-Henley ($128.00; left) is a fashionista favorite. It can be casual or dressy but it’s always stylish. The high-low hem is a classy addition to this type of blouse and makes for an easy breezy and ethereal look. Blouses like the Splendid Mixed Media Shirt ($88) are also an effortless way into sunny-season chic and can just as easily transition into your fall wardrobe. With so much fabric on top, wear shorts or colored slim-fit jeans on bottom.
Tank tops don’t have to be ultra-basic, especially in the spring and summer. Be sleeveless and stylish in tanks featuring a short-draping hemline in rich fabrics. Since neon is in for the season, the brighter the better. The Quotation: Red Haute Tank ($105; right) with vibrant dip-dyed hem, the silk blend two-tiered Sati Double Layer Sleeveless Blouse ($180) from Winter Kate, and the silk scoopneck Alexander Wang High Low Tank ($295) are all great options.
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