The Return of High Hemlines


The weather is getting colder, but hemlines are getting shorter. Every fashion designer showed wildly different collections during fashion month, but I noticed a common theme: high hemlines. But what does this mean? Are shorter dresses celebrating femininity or is this just a fleeting trend?
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Dresses were short and looser than before in the Roaring Twenties. The Flappers in the 1920s were young women known for their energy and freedom. Prohibition brought speakeasies that popularized jazz clubs. Flappers drank, smoked in public and danced at jazz clubs. They had a lifestyle that a lot of people looked down on because it was seen as dangerous and immoral.

Looking back, many people now celebrate flappers because they fought for liberation and confidently pushed political and social barriers. In August 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed, giving women the right to vote. We have come a long way since the 1920s, but high hemline dresses are gaining popularity once again.
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These Versace models wore leather strapless mini dresses with matching heels. Versace's collection featured floral mini dresses as well as pink, leather and patterned skirts.

Saint Laurent had a lot of high hemline dresses and short shorts at fashion week. Lambskin boxing shorts were on almost every model. A lot of Saint Laurent's dresses were short and symmetrical or patterned.
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There are a lot of ways to style a short dress and they all really depend on the style of the dress. You can style them with panty hose and combat boots like the Saint Laurent models or heels like the Versace model pictured above. Ariana Grande and Beyoncé are big fans of pairing thigh high boots with their dress.

Short dresses don't have to be 'trashy'. There are plenty of ways to style them in a way that still looks classy and professional - making them more versatile than ever before!