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Video: How to wear a high-low hemline

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updated 2/28/2012 9:23:15 AM ET 2012-02-28T14:23:15

What happens when a flirty mini-skirt meets a longer maxi? "High-low" hemlines become a hot trend! TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas shares more on this spring’s popular silhouette.

Curve appeal
If you're in the mood for a fresh alternative to the classic button-down or pullover, consider a top with a little curve appeal on the bottom. "High-low" cut tops are easy to wear with staples such as jeans, black pants, or leggings, but they are statements in themselves, so less is more. Consider the shape in a bright color and keep it simple, there's no need to pile on jewelry or fret about fancy footwear.

H&M and Zara are affordable favorites that have a plentiful supply of the haute hemline in stock (Hi Lo Sleeve Billow Blouse $40 Hm.com; Ankle Zipper Pant $79.90 Zara.com), while fashion forward chain TopShop is another great resource. I spotted a longer length floral "fishtail" top that can wear well underneath blazers, knit cardigans, or jackets (Floral Tank $72 Topshop.com; doo.ri for Impulse Jacket $149 Macys.com). And one last tip, be sure to avoid bottoms with any low-rise waistlines, unless you dare to bare your belly.

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A cut above
Whether you're a city-dweller, a suburban gal or a jetsetter you can never have enough go-to basics, especially when it comes to your tanks and T-shirts. For an instant update, add a few asymmetrically-cut essentials to your wardrobe. A longer length top with a diagonal edge peeking out from under a sweater or longe-sleeve top offers your casual look a modern edge. Asymmetrical items are more versatile than you may expect, and help to create a subtle visual twist in countless new ways when layered. This "slashing" effect can also be very flattering for your figure. Carve and slice away to enhance your frame. One bit of advice when styling these modern statements on yourself: stick with neutrals like navy, black, taupe, white and grey so the "lines" remain the emphasis of the outfit (Angle Tank, Slash Sweater $52-$99 Lnaclothing.com; White Jeans $60 Zara.com).

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Shape shifters
Last but not least, many of you may be wondering whether this runway-worthy trend works on all body types, and the answer is yes! For petite women, showing off a little leg can be an effective way to elongate the frame, while curvalicious ladies can seek out color blocked dresses and experiment with unique cuts that can highlight and flatter in all the right places. And as always, a belt and a pair of pretty pumps are timeless accents that'll help you finish off your "hi-lo" look with elegance and polish (Denim 24/7 Hi-Lo Hem Dress $69, Onestopplus.com).

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    Goregous gowns and flirty, sexy dresses were spotted all over the New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 runways. Take a look at the best styles, from Betsey Johnson to Jason Wu.

    Sophie Theallet
    Pretty drapes? A model walks the runway at the Sophie Theallet Fall 2012 fashion show on Feb. 14. (Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Tadashi Shoji

    A gorgeous green gown is presented at the Tadashi Shoji Fall 2012 fashion show on Feb. 9. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Tadashi Shoji

    Models present creations by Tadashi Shoji on Feb. 9. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Tadashi Shoji

    The Japanese designer was inspired by the glamour of 1930s Shanghai for the Tadashi Shoji Fall/Winter 2012 collection show on Feb. 9. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Catherine Malandrino

    Inspired by the 1982 movie "Cat People," the French designer opted for dark and sexy styles at her Catherine Malandrino Fall 2012 on Feb. 12. (Dario Cantatore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Zac Posen

    Supermodel Coco Rocha walked the runway for her close friend (and wedding dress designer) Zac Posen, at the Zac Posen Fall 2012 fashion show on Feb. 12. (Arun Nevader / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Zac Posen

    A beautiful, blush-colored gown from the Zac Posen Fall 2012 collection on Feb. 12. (Seth Wenig / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Narciso Rodriguez

    The American fashion designer sent down a fishtail-sporting model at the Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2012 show on Feb. 14. (Kathy Willens / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Cushnie et Ochs

    Cushnie et Ochs, a recent favorite of first lady Michelle Obama, sent models down their Fall/Winter 2012 collection runway in sexy, body-hugging dresses on Feb. 10. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Monique Lhuillier

    One model looks like she's starting a fire at the Monique Lhuillier Fall 2012 collection on Feb.10. (Louis Lanzano / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Monique Lhuillier

    The celebrity-favorite designer gave a sexy twist to her signature black-tie gowns at the Monique Lhuillier Fall 2012 fashion show on Feb. 11. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Carolina Herrera

    The iconic designer presented a graphic-print gown at the Carolina Herrera Fall 2012 on Feb. 13. (Victor Virgile / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Carolina Herrera

    A model shows off a graphic gown at the Carolina Herrera Fall 2012 fashion show on Feb. 13. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Betsey Johnson

    Known for fun and colorful fashion, Betsey Johnson showcased pretty, '90s-inspired floral prints in her Fall 2012 collection. (Kathy Willens / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. DKNY

    A simple, elegant gown from the DKNY Women's Fall 2012 fashion show on Feb. 12. (Victor Virgile / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Altuzarra

    Luxurious gypsy chic seemed to be the theme at the Altuzarra Fall 2012 collection on Feb. 11. (Diane Bondareff / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Tracy Reese

    Flirty cocktail dresses and bright metallics sashayed down the runway at the Tracy Reese Fall/Winter 2012 collection on Feb. 12. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Tracy Reese

    "I wanted to do something bold and vibrant," designer Tracy Reese told Fashionista.com of her Fall 2012 collection, shown on Feb 12. "The skirt lengths are shorter – I just feel [like a shorter hemline] seems more active and energetic. And I want the clothes to have a lot of energy." (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Oscar de la Renta

    Red carpet favorite Oscar de la Renta presented dramatic gowns during his Fall 2012 fashion show on Feb. 14. (Neilson Barnard / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Oscar de la Renta

    There was a bit of "Mad Men" elegance spotted on the runway at the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2012 fashion show on Feb. 14. (Neilson Barnard / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Jason Wu

    The popular designer, loved by first lady Michelle Obama and Target shoppers, presented sultry, dark styles at the Jason Wu Fall/Winter 2012 collection on Feb. 10. (Allison Joyce / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Zang Toi

    Way to make an entrance: A model presents a big, red creation from Zang Toi Fall/Winter 2012 collection on Feb. 13. (Adam Hunger / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Peter Som

    Modern, futuristic shapes took hold at the Peter Som Fall 2012 fashion show on Feb. 10. (Peter Michael Dills / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Costello Tagliapietra

    A model presents a swirly creation at the Costello Tagliapiertra Fall 2012 fashion show on Feb. 9. (Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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