How to Wear the High-Low Fashion Trend

High-Low Fashion Trend You know that crazy moment when you buy a new car only to suddenly see other people driving that exact same car everywhere?  Well, this familiar occurrence recently happened to me with the high-low fashion trend.  Last week, while spending time with my extended family, I saw my cousins, Faye (pictured left) and her sister, Erin, both wearing this trend.  It caught my eye and since then I’ve seen the high-low fashion trend everywhere.  In fact, just walking around my neighborhood today, I saw two women wearing it within two blocks of each other.  I know this trend isn’t something new, however, it has definitely met critical mass.

It may be easy for my beautiful college aged cousin to wear this trend, after all, didn’t we all look good in anything and everything when we were her age?  Sadly, as we get older, certain trends are harder to pull off.  However, if done right, there are plenty of ways to embrace the high-low fashion trend and make it work.  Here are some high-low looks for all lifestyles.

High-Low Fashion Trend for Dressy

High Low Dress Look 1


I think one of my favorite ways to wear the high-low fashion trend is in a dressy manner.  There is something about the way a dress like this cascades and flows in the background that is really pretty.  Here, I chose a black dress with a hem that can showcase a pair of contrast colored platforms.  With such a statement dress, you don’t need much more than a pair of earrings and a fabulous clutch.

High-Low Fashion Trend For Casual

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If you don’t have much of a reason to get all dressed up, you can still embrace the high low fashion trend casually.  In fact, if you are petite, a high-low dress is a great alternative to a full-length maxi dress.  A low sandal or wedge works perfectly to complete the look.

High-Low Fashion Trend for Skirts

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The high-low fashion trend isn’t limited to dresses, it can be found in skirts, as well.  Just like the dress featured above, a high-low skirt is a fantastic alternative if you are petite.  It’s also a great solution if you just want to show a little leg.

High-Low Fashion Trend for Work

High Low Skirt - Look 4


While I’m not totally convinced that the high-low fashion trend is appropriate for work, Ann Taylor did feature this skirt as a look to consider at the office.  I guess it all depends on your workplace’s dress code.  Regardless, work style-wise, I think this trend needs to be polished looking.  In this outfit, I treated the skirt like a blue pencil skirt and chose more structured and tailored pieces to finish it.

What do you think of the high-low fashion trend?

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  • Suzanne Perrin

    I almost bought a dress like the black one, but wasn’t sure. Can you give some style recommendations for those of us over 60? Thanks, I am a big fan!!

    • Hi Suzanne!! Well, it all depends on your own needs and comfort. If you need a more comfortable shoe, a low wedge would work great! You could go for a metallic, black or any color for some pop. I’m not sure what your other specific needs would be, but if the dress you were considering is anything like the first one here then your options are truly limitless!

  • angela barsotti

    honestly? i hate this look, i have never seen it worn well and i really feel that it shortens legs something fierce. your cousin looks about as good as it’s possible to look but i can’t help thinking there’s about 100 outfits that would suit her better. this as a mini with a long and light cardigan style top and a tank would be so cute but this high low thing is just plain unattractive

    and i DO like bias cut skirts so i’m not all anti funky hems

    (ps: whatever disqus did to change comment logins etc? really annoying)

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