The High Low Dress

The high low dress is a relatively recent style concept. These might be termed asymmetrical dresses but that term can be applied to any frock with a non symmetric feature such as an offset neckline; whereas these garments specifically have hemlines that rise up and down.

They are also sometimes called hanky dresses and they are particularly useful for women that would like to draw attention down away from their top half.

The easiest way to explain this concept is with pictures so below you will find a variety of photos of different styles to demonstrate the opportunities you have if you would like to don this fashion.

To kick off this article I chose this unusually coloured (described as menthol) floaty, strapless dress. With a cross-over and pleated bodice I think it is a lovely start.

The hem is higher at the front and lower at the back which is probably the most common style.

I do not think this retailer has too much stock left so it really is only useful as an example.

High Low Dress

High Low Evening Dresses

High Low Evening Dress
Dawdyfu Sexy Ladies Celeb Slim Fashion Bodycon Party Cocktail Evening Dress

This strapless high low evening dress certainly draws the eye. The one on the left is coral coloured. I show the same product on the right, in mint, to show the reverse view so you can see how much the hem line varies.

It is strapless which always presents it's own challenges but the ruched bodice region will help break up the bust and with all that expanse of upper chest and shoulders on display, a large bust should be very much de-emphasised.

The satin ribbon tie is also a nice feature as it accentuates the waist, which is generally also a very good thing for most body shapes.

The cocktail dress is certainly a bargain price on Amazon but I am using it to demonstrate the variation in hem lengths.

Hanky Dresses and Zig Zag Dresses

A hanky hem dress
A low high hemline

On the above left, the hemline is described as a hanky hem. Hanky dresses are essentially the same as the high low hem dresses we are discussing. 

Similarly the frock on the right is a variation on the same theme, an asymmetric hemline. Obviously the very high hem at the front would only suit some ladies but it is a great picture to emphasise the variety of hems that can be found.

Black high low dress

Black High Low Dress

As there is always demand for a LBD (little black dress) I picked out this evening number.

A chiffon fabric with a sweetheart neckline on an embellished top.

You can also see another danger area with a lot of these frocks. The actual main skirt is a mini length and although the outer layer is longer, in the right (or wrong) light, people will be able to see quite a lot of thigh.

Of course if you are young enough, have the legs or sheer bravado this will not be a problem but it is worth raising the warning flag for those of us for whom it would not be such an attractive option.

Daytime Wear

Zig Zag dresses
Zig Zag Dresses

At the end of the day, most of us actually want clothes for simple day to day wear so here are some ideas. The belted frock (above left) is again slightly unusual as the height differential is from side to middle, as opposed front to back like most high and low dresses.

The yellow chiffon dress has a scoopneck which is always a good style for big busts and it's hem is described as a waterfall effect. 

Hanky Hem Dress
An East azalea linen dress

The lovely floaty fabric on this Aztec print hanky hem dress is very appealing for long summer days. The V neck is possible the best neckline for busty women and the (vertical) bare arms importantly draw the eyes up and down - not side to side, for an impression of height not width.

On the right is another very eye catching, pure linen, azalea coloured number. With a flattering round neck and nice wide straps to hide even the widest bra straps. Personally I think the necklace is too low, but that is another story - see accessorize big boobs.

BoHo chic
Low High Dresses

I wanted to show the example on the right because it illustrates the fact that oftentimes some hanky dresses can be worn with slacks or leggings, which may be an alternative way to wear the high cut hems.

As you can see with the one on the left, hanky hem dresses can have a real boho type chic.

Is It, Isn't It?

A short asymmetric dress
Asymmetrical dress

Now to me the above two examples are not high low dresses. You can easily make a good point that technically they are but (and I know this sounds woolly) they are not in the spirit of the 'usual' definition.

Actually they are both rather eye catching and are both unusual enough to clearly draw the eye down which is one of the advantages of this style dress, so if you like the idea, then this too is a style you might consider. Whether you feel you can wear something so short is another thing entirely.

The hemline on the candy pink dress is described by the retailer as a front split. Whereas the black and white number is described as an asymmetric bodycon dress.



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Please remember, we are all different. You may like to wear certain clothes and styles which I am suggesting that you should not. That is your absolute right. Do what makes you feel good. This site undeniably goes for the more modest approach because I feel all busty ladies already know how to be more racy if they wish.

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Max and Cleo - Amazon Seller
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An Eye Catching Style - The Hanky Hem

Sean Collection
Sean Collection (Amazon)

Actually I am not sure the one above should be called a low high dress. I think one might be safer simply stating it is an asymmetric hemline.

High Low Hemlines Are Great For Hiding Hips

A high low hem cardigan
Fifty Plus

Yes I know this should not really be on a page on low high dresses but as an alternative, high low hemline cardigans have become very popular. These are particularly good for those of us who like to take attention away from our hips.



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A Maternity Dress!

A funky maternity dress!
Amazon

Twenty years ago almost all maternity dresses were awful. Big flouncy tents often with dreadfully twee bows at the front. Just look how times have changed!