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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  • BB Dakota Kenna High Low Dress
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    BB Dakota Kenna High Low Dress
    This relaxed BB Dakota dress is styled with a layered, uneven hem. Hook-and-eye back keyhole. Sleeveless. Unlined. Fabric: Crepe. Shell: 96% polyester/4% spandex. Lining: 100% polyester. Hand wash. Imported, China.
  • Halston Heritage High / Low Gown
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    Halston Heritage High / Low Gown
    A Halston Heritage maxi dress in a tonal mix of jersey and crepe. The draped skirt overlay creates a dramatic high-low silhouette. Bodice cutouts show peeks of skin, and the optional skinny belt adds definition. Hidden back zip. Lined. Fabric: Mid-weight jersey / crepe. Shell 1: 94% polyester/6% spandex. Shell 2: 100% polyester. Lining: 91% nylon/9% spandex. Dry clean. Imported, China.
  • Haute Hippie Halter Wrap High / Low Dress
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    Haute Hippie Halter Wrap High / Low Dress
    A high-low hem brings graceful drape to this airy silk Haute Hippie dress. Skinny halter straps secure the crossover panels, and smocked elastic cinches the back. Lined. Fabric: Silk chiffon. 100% silk. Dry clean. Imported, China.
  • Riller & Fount Bradley One Shoulder Midi Dress
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    Riller & Fount Bradley One Shoulder Midi Dress
    This one-shoulder Riller & Fount dress has a modern high-low hem. Sleeveless. Unlined. Fabric: Jersey. 74% rayon/21% polyester/5% spandex. Dry clean. Made in the USA.
  • Black Halo Aiko High Low Dress
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    Black Halo Aiko High Low Dress
    Sharp seams define the bodice of this Black Halo dress, and the flared skirt has a modern high-low hem. Hidden back zip. Sleeveless. Lined. Fabric: Plain weave. Shell: 62% polyamide/33% viscose/5% elastane. Lining: 95% polyamide/5% elastane. Dry clean. Made in the USA. Imported material.
  • Splendid Karpaz Tie Dye Dress
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    Splendid Karpaz Tie Dye Dress
    A two-tone, tie-dyed Splendid dress. Scoop neckline. High-low hem. Unlined. Fabric: Soft weave. 100% rayon. Wash cold. Made in the USA.
  • Zimmermann Silk Plunge Drape Long Dress
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    Zimmermann Silk Plunge Drape Long Dress
    A surplice sweetheart neckline lends an alluring touch to this Zimmermann dress. Boning structures the sides and neckline. Asymmetrical high-low hem. Sleeveless. Hidden back zip. Lined. Sheer. Fabric: Silk crepe. Shell: 100% silk. Lining: 100% polyester. Dry clean. Imported, China.
  • BB Dakota Kenna High Low Dress
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    BB Dakota Kenna High Low Dress
    This relaxed BB Dakota dress is styled with a layered, uneven hem. Hook-and-eye back keyhole. Sleeveless. Unlined. Fabric: Crepe. Shell: 96% polyester/4% spandex. Lining: 100% polyester. Hand wash. Imported, China.
  • Zimmermann Silk Plunge Drape Dress
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    Zimmermann Silk Plunge Drape Dress
    A surplice sweetheart neckline lends an alluring touch to this Zimmermann dress. Boning structures the sides and neckline. Asymmetrical high-low hem. Sleeveless. Hidden back zip. Lined. Sheer. Fabric: Silk crepe. Shell: 100% silk. Lining: 100% polyester. Dry clean. Imported, China.
  • Tibi Dots Layered Dress
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    Tibi Dots Layered Dress
    A tiered Tibi dress styled in dotted gauze. Cinched elastic shapes the shoulder-baring bodice, and a pintucked ruffle accents the high-low hem. Tie back keyhole. Lined. Fabric: Crinkled gauze. Shell: 65% cotton/35% silk. Lining: 100% cotton. Dry clean. Imported, China.
  • Saloni Irina Printed Dress
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    Saloni Irina Printed Dress
    A high-low hem boosts the dramatic shape of this Saloni maxi dress, cut in a fluid silhouette. Ruching traces the high neckline, and an optional elastic belt defines the waist. Hook-and-eye keyhole in back. Lined. Fabric: Chiffon. 100% polyester. Dry clean. Imported, China.
  • MINKPINK My Sweet Garden Maxi Dress
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    MINKPINK My Sweet Garden Maxi Dress
    A high-low hem gives this floral MINKPINK dress a dramatic profile. Gathered elastic waist. The spaghetti straps tie in back. Lined. Fabric: Crepe. 100% viscose. Wash cold. Imported, China.
  • Gareth Pugh Halter Back Dress
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    Gareth Pugh Halter Back Dress
    Leather trim structures the halter neckline and deep, scoop back on this airy, patterned crepe Gareth Pugh dress. An attached self-belt defines the figure, and a dramatic high-low hem brings movement to the silhouette. Built-in mesh bodysuit with snap gusset. Fabric: Crepe. Shell: 96% cotton/4% silk. Trim: 100% leather. Lining: 85% nylon/15% spandex. Leather clean. Made in Italy.
  • Charlie Jade High-low Dress
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    Charlie Jade High-low Dress
    Delicate silk crepe composes this halter-style Charlie Jade dress. A slim T strap cuts across the open back, and graceful tails drape from the high-low hem. Adjustable straps. Lined. Fabric: Silk crepe. Shell: 100% silk. Lining: 100% polyester. Dry clean. Imported, China.
  • NSF Tako Dress
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    NSF Tako Dress
    This NSF dress mixes knit and denim for a stylish, comfortable fit. Shredding and bleach stains create a worked-in look. Ribbed crew neckline. Split high-low hem. Fabric: Knit/Lightweight denim. 100% cotton. Wash cold. Made in the USA.
  • Ella Moss Cabana Dress
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    Ella Moss Cabana Dress
    Slim ties secure the halter neck and cowl back on a slinky, striped Ella Moss maxi dress. High-low hem. Semi sheer. Fabric: Jersey. 100% rayon. Hand wash. Made in the USA.
  • Haute Hippie Drawstring Dress
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    Haute Hippie Drawstring Dress
    This airy Haute Hippie maxi dress has a high-low hem for fluid swing. Ruching gathers the shoulders. Drawstring waist. V neckline. Lined. Fabric: Silk chiffon. Shell: 100% silk. Lining: 100% polyester. Dry clean. Imported, China.
  • Zimmermann Silk Tuck Long Dress
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    Zimmermann Silk Tuck Long Dress
    Allover pleating lends appealing texture to this Zimmermann dress. Tulip skirt and high-low hem. Slim cords form the halter neckline. Hidden back zip. Lined Fabric: Silk crepe. Shell: 100% silk. Lining: 100% polyester. Dry clean. Imported, China.

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  • Oak Lifter Dress
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    Oak Lifter Dress
    A high-low hem lends a dramatic touch to an effortlessly draped Oak dress. Exaggerated arm openings frame the sleek racer back, and banding trims the edges. Unlined. Fabric: Lightweight plain weave. 100% rayon. Dry clean. Imported, China.
  • Camilla Short Sheer Overlay Dress
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    Camilla Short Sheer Overlay Dress
    Fused Swarovski crystals add sparkle below the neckline of this vibrant Camilla mini dress. An attached, high-low overlay adds breezy movement. Spaghetti straps. Unlined. Fabric: Plain-weave silk. 100% silk. Spot clean. Imported, India.
  • Twobirds Hi Lo Dress
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    Twobirds Hi Lo Dress
    A strapless dress drapes fluidly with a dramatic, uneven hem, and an optional self-sash adds definition to the flowing silhouette. Built-in shelf bra and unfinished edges. Unlined. Fabric: Slinky jersey. 96% polyester/4% spandex. Dry clean. Made in the USA.
  • Twobirds Hi Lo Dress
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    Twobirds Hi Lo Dress
    A strapless dress drapes fluidly with a dramatic, uneven hem, and an optional self-sash adds definition to the flowing silhouette. Built-in shelf bra and unfinished edges. Unlined. Fabric: Slinky jersey. 96% polyester/4% spandex. Dry clean. Made in the USA.
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