High-low dresses are a great item to have in your closet. In the front, the short hemline hits just at the knees--or in some cases it hits above the knee--but the back of the dress is an entirely different story. High-low dresses can swing low to the ankle in the back, or they can even come with a dramatic train that grazes the floor. Whether you’re looking for a casual day frock or something for the evening, high-low dresses are super easy to style. Here are some ideas.

Styling high-low dresses for daytime


Shop brands like BCBGeneration and Alice + Olivia for relaxed dresses with an asymmetrical hemline. Slip on strappy metallic sandals and cinch the waist with a thin woven belt and you’re ready to go.

Styling high-low dresses for the evening


Look for something with some drama. Brands like Haute Hippie and Laundry By Shelli Segal make high low dresses in delicate chiffons and soft silks. Slip on a pair of metallic high heels and a sparkling necklace for a cocktail party or night on the town.
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  • Ralph Lauren Color-Blocked Jersey Dress - Red - Size Xl (other Sizes Available)
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    Ralph Lauren Color-Blocked Jersey Dress - Red - Size Xl (other Sizes Available)
    A high-low hem and dropped shoulders make this easy jersey dress a chic choice for Saturday brunch or weekday meetings. It comes with a removable self-belt to define the waist. Size medium has a 34 front length and a 35 back length. Contrasting ballet neckline. Short sleeves with contrasting stripes across the shoulders. Comes with a removable self-belt. Uneven vented hem. 65% viscose, 35% polyester. Dry clean. Imported.
  • Ralph Lauren Polo Waffle-Knit Cotton Maxi Dress - Light Grey - Size Xs (other Sizes Available)
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    Ralph Lauren Polo Waffle-Knit Cotton Maxi Dress - Light Grey - Size Xs (other Sizes Available)
    This sweeping racerback maxidress combines the comfort of a waffle-knit tank with a feminine, floor-skimming silhouette. Complement its high-low hem with heeled sandals. Size medium has a 521/2 front body length and a 541/2 back body length. Pull-on styling. Rounded neckline with a V-inset. Racerback silhouette. Contrast stitching at the seams. Princess seams at the back. 100% cotton. Machine washable. Imported.
  • Ralph Lauren Polo Striped Jersey Dress - Black - Size M (other Sizes Available)
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    Ralph Lauren Polo Striped Jersey Dress - Black - Size M (other Sizes Available)
    Slimming stripes, a drop waist and a high-low hem make this soft stretch-jersey dress a standout style. Pull-on styling. Scoop neckline. Sleeveless silhouette. Drop-waist silhouette. Hem falls lower at the back. Falls 22 from the natural waist at the longest point. Falls 20 from the natural waist at the shortest point. 95% modal. 5% elastane. Hand wash. Imported.

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