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Thursday, April 7th 2011

From Mini to Maxi: The Evolution of the Hemline

Pictured: Opening Ceremony dress (left) and Rebecca Taylor dress (right)..

From the tea-length New Look dresses of the late ’40s to swinging ’60s minis and bohemian ’70s maxis, hem lengths have always been associated with an era. But lucky for us, there’s no need to confine ourselves to one length like our fashionable forebears. When it comes to hemlines, we’re living in an era of equal opportunity.

Though most of us aren’t about to give up our sky-high hems, the recent reign of the mini is giving way to new lengths, taking inspiration from decades past while staying firmly in the present. Want to put an updated spin on Eisenhower-era style? Try a knee-length Alice + Olivia dress in a relaxed silhouette or a full knee-length skirt dressed down with a jersey tank. Maxi skirts and dresses have come a long way from their bohemian roots: this floor-length Rag & Bone skirt and a striped maxi dress by Karina Grimaldi are about as far from Laurel Canyon as can be. And possibly the most on-trend length of the bunch–the midi–is sure to elbow its way into our closets after a strong showing on spring runways from DVF to Marc by Marc Jacobs.


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