Fashion
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.
  • Diane von Furstenberg - Silk Leopard Print Shirtdress
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    Diane von Furstenberg - Silk Leopard Print Shirtdress
    A stylish alternative for summer in the city, this animal print shirtdress from Diane von Furstenberg gives warm weather looks a wild touch - Sand/olive silk, classic collar, long sleeves, buttoned cuffs, belted waist with self-tie sash, high-low shirttail hemline, unlined - Loosely tailored fit - Team with heels or block heel sandals
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs - Cotton Chambray Patchwork Dress
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    Marc by Marc Jacobs - Cotton Chambray Patchwork Dress
    A cool patchwork of mixed-hue chambray lends this shirtdress from Marc by Marc Jacobs an urban-cool remix - Tonal blue cotton chambray, spread collar, long sleeves, buttoned cuffs, buttoned flap pockets, button-down front, high-low shirttail hemline - Straight silhouette - Team with flat sandals, studded ankle boots or oxfords
  • 3.1 Phillip Lim - Silk Shift with Chevron Back Inset
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    3.1 Phillip Lim - Silk Shift with Chevron Back Inset
    A bold colorblock chevron lends graphic appeal to this silk shift dress from 3.1 Phillip Lim - Aqua silk with white piping, round neckline, cap sleeves, sheer black/white chevron inset on the back, curved high-low hemline - Straight silhouette - Team with flats and a statement necklace
  • 3.1 Phillip Lim - Leather Baseball Dress with Contrast Sleeves
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    3.1 Phillip Lim - Leather Baseball Dress with Contrast Sleeves
    A high-style take on athletic-chic, this baseball dress from 3.1 Phillip Lim features slick lambskin and contrast metallic sleeves - Bone lambskin with metallic purple raglan short sleeves, round neckline, curved high-low hemline - Straight silhouette - Team with heels and a statement necklace
  • Brunello Cucinelli - Silk Long Sleeve Dress
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    Brunello Cucinelli - Silk Long Sleeve Dress
    An elegant choice for day or evening, Brunello Cucinellis silk dress features a pleat detail at the throat and flattering dropped waist - Dark grape silk, round neckline, long sleeves, dropped waist, curved high-low hemline - Loose fit - Wear with a long cashmere cardigan and ankle boots or a luxe leather jacket and heels
  • Brunello Cucinelli - Silk Long Sleeve Dress
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    Brunello Cucinelli - Silk Long Sleeve Dress
    An elegant choice for day or evening, Brunello Cucinellis wine-hued silk dress features a pleat detail at the throat and flattering dropped waist - Dark wine silk, round neckline, long sleeves, dropped waist, curved high-low hemline - Loose fit - Wear with a long cashmere cardigan and ankle boots or a luxe leather jacket and heels
  • Salvatore Ferragamo - Black Quilted Cotton Dress with Cutout Waist Detail
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    Salvatore Ferragamo - Black Quilted Cotton Dress with Cutout Waist Detail
    Sleek leather trim and micro cut-outs at the waist dress up this quilted black dress from Salvatore Ferragamo - Round neckline, sleeveless, black leather trim, hidden back zip, high-low hemline - Tailored fit - Wear with heels and an envelope clutch
  • Maison Margiela - Patent Leather Slip-On Sneakers
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    Maison Margiela - Patent Leather Slip-On Sneakers
    Turn to Maison Martin Margiela for modern cool with an urban edge. These slip-on sneakers are made glossy in a mahogany brown patent leather, but kept sporty and casual with a thick white rubber sole - Brown patent leather, white rubber sole, elasticated inserts - Leather insole, rubber sole - Style them with a feminine dress for a high-low look
  • DKNY - Silk Top in Black
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    DKNY - Silk Top in Black
    Pretty crystal flower embellishment dresses up the neckline of this sheer silk top from DKNY - Sheer black silk, round neckline, long sleeves, high-low shirttail hem, spaghetti strap camisole lining - Loosely fitted - Team with leather leggings for a sleek evening look
  • Preen by Thornton Bregazzi - Cotton Pullover
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    Preen by Thornton Bregazzi - Cotton Pullover
    Preen by Thornton Bregazzi tap into smart preppy style for this knit texture pullover. Made from off-white cotton with circles of color on each sleeves, we love it as an oversize slouchy staple to dress up or down - Off-white cotton with multicolored detail, v neckline, ribbed trim at cuffs and hem - Oversize fit - Style with a pair of tailored pants as a high-low contrast
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