Style Insider Your daily dose of luxury

Trend To Try: High-Low Hem

Perfectly bridging the gap between skirt lengths, high-low hems are an easy way to make a statement. Here, Style Insider brings you all you need to know about the skirt style of the summer…

Also known as waterfall, fishtail and mullet, a high-low hem is one that is higher in the front than in the back. It can be both symmetric and asymmetric with the dip ranging in gradient.
Hemlines have been indicative of the state of the economy throughout history, from thigh-grazing styles in the frivolous 1920s to more modest lengths in the austere 1950s. High-low hems originate from the Victorian era and have filtered in and out of fashion consciousness ever since. This season, they act as a transition from the coveted midi.
Great for formal occasions, high-low hems offer the best of both worlds and, in silk and chiffon, are immediately eye-catching among a sea of floor-length gowns. The trend also works well by day; shorter styles in jersey will lend a nonchalant edge to your look. Skirts and dresses with a fitted waist are the most flattering, helping to create an hourglass silhouette. Lengthen legs with barely-there sandals and add a leather jacket or well-cut blazer to keep your look from feeling too girly.
High-low hems billowed down the Antonio Berardi SS14 catwalk and made a grand statement at Emilia Wickstead. On the red carpet, actress Emmy Rossum made an entrance at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards in an asymmetric J. Mendel gown. Olivia Palermo, meanwhile, works her high-low hem by day with a casual jacket and tan accessories. Scroll through the gallery above to see our favourite looks.
High-low hems call for perfect pins. Achieve yours with our How To Get Summer Legs story.
Shop high-low hems below.

Return to Top