Hi-lo dresses are one of the hottest new trends in women’s fashion this season. Hi-lo cuts are instantly recognizable for having a high hem in the front and a low hem in the back, although some variants put the rise on the side that creates a diagonal line across your legs. It’s a great way to stand out from the crowd and look effortlessly chic—you don’t have to choose anymore between showing off your legs and letting your skirt flow.

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Slimming and Shaping

There are a lot of characteristics that make hi-lo skirts the perfect choice. For one, the look elongates your legs, making you look taller than you are and slimming your body. This makes them a great option for petite girls or women with rounder body types. This is also a good choice for short people who have trouble tripping on low hems, because it allows for the size and shape of a long skirt without creating problems when you walk. You can strut your stuff without worrying and let the fabric flow out behind you.

Partial Coverage

Hi-lo style dresses are also fantastic for fall and spring, when the weather is transitioning from warm to cold or vice versa. They can keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, striking the perfect balance between the two. This partial coverage is also great for those who want to show a little more skin without baring everything in a miniskirt—you can show off your legs and still keep a tasteful amount concealed.

From Day to Night

Another advantage of the hi-lo style is that it strikes the perfect balance between formal and casual. With the right dress, you can go from everyday style to elegant evening wear by switching out your accessories. Some hi-lo dresses are designed exclusively for formal occasions, with flowing chiffon or dazzling bejeweled accents, while others are more casual; some might be good cocktail party dresses. Generally, the more dramatic the slope of the dress, the more formal it is. Dresses with only slight height differences between the front and the back are better for casual occasions. Showing off too much leg, though, might not be appropriate for black-tie events.

Accessories

So if you’ve got a hi-lo dress, how do you wear it? The first and most important thing to consider is your footwear. The dress will pull attention to your feet and legs, so make sure that your shoes are truly stunning. Boots or flats should be avoided. Heels are almost always the best choice, since they add to the illusion of height and accentuate the dramatic flow of your hemline. Don’t let this dress drag on the floor. Open toed heels or strappy sandals keep the peek-a-boo theme going. If you have a multicolored or printed dress, pick one of those colors for your shoes to accent; otherwise a solid pair might be your best bet.

Other accessories to consider include a belt, which can accentuate the shape and show off your curves, or a sparkly necklace to emphasize the neckline of the dress. Be careful not to over-accessorize, though. That can take away from the dramatic power of the dress itself. The cascade of fabric and fabulous glimpse of your legs make the hi-lo dress a must-have for any wardrobe.

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