Spotted on the runway for this season were sophisticated knee length skirts as well as those skirts sitting just below the knee. Full maxis also appeared – usually split at the side or front, adding tone and interest. This is such a flattering look and can save a maxi from looking too OTT or last summer! The splits steered away from being frumpy, pleated and avoided sheer fabrics. Although the shows didn’t lack those micro miniskirts, the lowered hemlines had already stolen the audience’s desires. This fresh style has already hit the high-street with celebrities such as Thandie Newton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Stewart and Natalie Vodianova keeping the revival of the lower cut hems alive.
Here’s some of our favourite items on site that represent this trend perfectly.
Adel Dress – borne by Elise Berger
Demure, desirable and decorous describes this whole look. The figure is defined in this Adel Dress because of the added ruffle detail that rests on the hip of the pencil skirt. Inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s clean lines, the pencil skirt has become a classic style that never ages. Alexander McQueen shared a similar idea here where the raised waist was an exaggerated empire line of ruffles, which undulated as the models walked, “like a jellyfish moves in the sea,” said the designer. As summers fashion reaches new heights of refinement, old “casual-charm” still excites when walking down the runway; models achieve the ultimate silhouette. This look is a fast track to a neater, more determined,hourglass you!
Dance of the Peacock Dress – Kelly Love
Never underestimate the easy allure of this classic favourite; revealing those sun-kissed shoulders and a bias cut that seductively skims the body. This Dance of the Peacock Dress has a fitted waist line which adds shape and structure to the body and the pockets on the hips allow the dress to flow naturally. The fish tail at the back of the dress gives definition and contributes to the theme, also complimenting the style. The bird print suggests femininity and freedom, finishing off the dainty and elegant look of the dress. The trend is favoured by many; from Christian Cota to Burberry, charming full skirts falling to just below the knee and pleated dresses with flowing forties lines.
Lois Dress – Klue by Kelly Ann
Inspired by recent films this season the ‘up-to-there’ split shown here in Klue by Kelly Ann’s Lois Dress has made an auspicious appearance. The flirtatious split has excited buyers and influenced designers, allowing you to wear lower hems and still show cheeky flashes of skin . It echoes a Broadway show; creating drama and elegance. Ellie Saab has introduced this trend into her lustrous dresses. The drama of her designs came from mixing laid-back, floaty seventies silhouettes with tie necks or sexy asymmetrical necklines and those daring thigh high splits. Clingy fabrics are generally used to define the figure and add structure, keeping this style glamorous yet daring. This summer, the classy look is in! Be prepared to turn heads as you strut along the high-street.
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