What happens when a flirty mini-skirt meets a longer maxi? "High-low" hemlines become a hot trend! TODAY style editor and Bobbie Thomas shares more on this spring’s popular silhouette.
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 ; Ankle Zipper Pant ), 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 ; doo.ri for Impulse Jacket ). And one last tip, be sure to avoid bottoms with any low-rise waistlines, unless you dare to bare your belly.
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 ; White Jeans ).
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 ).