There’s a new kind of dress in town and it’s a huge hit especially with us gals over 40. It’s called the high-low dress because it’s low in the back like a maxi dress, but high in the front like a regular dress.
It’s a great way to get some coverage but still show off a bit of leg. It’s sexy, in a tasteful way, and heck, it’s just plain fun. At our age we’ve been through almost every trend so fashion can get a little boring sometimes, but this is really fresh and new.
Let’s take a look what else is out there in the way of high-low maxi dresses and what might work for you.
Hover over the bottom of these photos (above) to see my comments!
Do you like the high low Maxi Trend?
If you do decide you want to add one of this to your spring wardrobe and I highly suggest it, (I’m looking for one myself) here are a few things to keep in mind when you wear it.
1) Shave Your Legs!
I’m not kidding. This kind of dress is like shining a spotlight on your gams. Everyone is going to be looking, so don’t think you can get away with legs that have even a tiny dark shadow. Your legs need to look shiny and smooth to pull this off. Wax them or exfoliate. Some of us can get away with a super shave, but no dashing out the door half groomed or you are going to take this look from stylish lady to peasant woman.
2) Use Some Self-Tanner
If your legs are pasty you might be tempted to wear a sheer nylon. Don’t. It will look silly. These types of dresses are meant to be easy-breezy and a stocking, no matter how sheer, is like wearing socks with sandals. Just throw on some self tanner to give your skin a nice glow and you’ll look great. I like Jergens self glow because it makes you look slightly golden, not fake orangey-brown!
3) Get the Right Shoe
Again , this is a more bohemian style so you don’t want any serious closed toe kind of pump or conservative shoe. I think these dresses look best with something summery and strappy and very natural. You can wear a flat sandal which makes this style really casual and a little on the earthy side but a heel is really going to give this type of dress, with it’s trailing backside, that pretty feminine flow. It can be a small or high heel, even a peep toe wedge but make sure the shoe looks light and feels summery.
You can wear a nude or metallic to let the dress grab the spotlight, or you can pick up on a color in the dress and wear a shoe that is the same color. You could also try to color block which means wear a shoe in a solid color that is a totally different color than the color of your dress. For example, a red dress with a blue shoe. This last look is for those who want to look more playful and trendy.
4) Add Some Great Jewelry.
Summery dresses like this call out for unique and slightly exotic chunky necklaces, bangle bracelets and dangly earrings. So have some fun and create a mood by adding jewelry instead of just wearing a dress. Accessories like this can make all the difference and take a high low dress from interesting to incredible.
Have you bought a high low dress? Do you plan to? I’d love to see it. Please send your photo to [email protected] we will post it.