Hemlines For Skirts & Dresses: The Long And Short Of It

Suitable Hemlines

Hemlines For Skirts & Dresses: The Long And Short Of It

Posted by imageandme in Corporate Style, Style For Women 26 Mar 2014

Hemlines in Spring 2014 have seen a quite a few variations of lengths from hi-low to midis. We share some tips on hemlines and their suitability for body type and formality levels.

Hemline guide

  • Mid-thigh to 5 cm above the knee: Suitable for the young and slender. Best for informal occasions.
  • 2 cm above the knee, knee length and 2 cm below: Appropriate for professional image. All these lengths also work well for women with short legs. Any lower than 2 cm below the knee can make one look shorter.
  • 5 cm below the knee: A length most suited for women who are tall. Evening dress in this length, paired with heels, is elegant and chic, a simple design detail that enhances your personal style. Best avoided by women with heavy calves, as the hemline across the calves brings attention to the width of the calf. Formality level: Casual
  • Below the full calf: Suits tall women. See tips on wearing the current midi trend in trend analysis below.
  • Ankle length: Suits tall women. Can be worn by shorter women in plain colours or with a continuous print running from top to bottom, to create an unbroken line hence making an illusion of length and slimness.

Things to note: Find your best lengths by comparing your body proportions– length of your upper body as compared to your leg length .

Trend analysis :

Hemline trend 2014

Midi hemline: Slightly below mid calf, this current popular trend for hemline works best when worn with heels, ankle high shoes or heels that have straps going up slightly above the ankle. To create a sense of balance, pair flared midi with a structured top and tapered skirts with slouchy tops.

Image consultant’s tip to remember : The higher the hemline, shorter the heel. Keep it stylish and elegant.

By Maninder krishnan