How to work with high-low hems

by Sally McGraw,

High-low hems - garments that are cut shorter in the front than in the back - have been popular for a couple of years running now. This is a trend that's likely to fall out of favor eventually, but while it's here, let's take a look at how to make it work.

1. High-low hems are most common on dresses. In my opinion, extreme high-low hems - ones that have a huge difference in length from front to back - are the toughest to pull off and the least sophisticated.

2. Most women will be more comfortable in a high-low dress that has a subtler hemline. Depending on your preferences, you can find styles that hit at the knee in front and a bit longer in back, or slightly shorter.

3. High-low hems are also found on maxi dresses, which creates and even subtler look. If you want to ease into this trend, this is a great place to start.

4. And if dresses aren't your speed, you can try a high-low hem top. There are some lovely blouses out there, but you can also find high-lows on simple tees. These are great for anyone who is self-conscious about her backside.

Looking to add high-low pieces to your wardrobe? Here are a couple of suggestions:

- Oversize Drop-shoulder Tee, $14 at Old Navy, also in peach, white, or gray, sizes XS - XXL, including petite and tall  

- Adrianna Papell Front Drape Shift Dress, $170 at Nordstrom, sizes 14W - 24W

- Hi-Lo Tulip Maxi Skirt, $15.99 at Target, sizes XS - XXL

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