When it comes to high-low maxi dresses, what team are you on? I’ve found that women either love them or hate them; there’s no in-between.
The lovers say the high-low, which is high in the front like a regular dress and low in the back like a maxi, gives you great coverage but still allows for a bit of a leg. This makes it sexy in a tasteful way. Plus, it’s a lot of fun. After all, fashion can get a little boring once you are over 40 since many of us have already tried almost every trend there ever was.
The haters of the high-low think this is a dress that can’t make up its mind. They dislike it so much they’ve nicknamed it “the mullet dress,” which you have to admit is pretty funny even if you are a fan.
I think some of these dresses are quite pretty. I like the subtle ones, the ones that are not very high in the front. They’re fun if you are going down south on vacation or if you are entertaining in the backyard. There are also a lot of beautiful high low gowns out there for special events.
Do you like the High Low Maxi Trend?
Here are some handy tips for how to wear a high-low maxi dress.
1. Shave Your Legs!
I’m not kidding. Wearing a dress like this pretty, delicate orange and pink floral maxi 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 the tiniest bit of a dark shadow. Your legs need to be shiny and smooth to pull this off. Wax or exfoliate them, so they look lovely and lean.
2. Apply Self-Tanner
If your legs are pasty white, you may be tempted to wear sheer nylons. Don’t, as they will look silly. Dresses like this are supposed to look easy-breezy and stockings, no matter how sheer, are like wearing socks with sandals -horrible.
Just throw on some self-tanner to give your skin a beautiful glow, and you’ll look great. I like Jeurgen’s Self Glow because it makes you look slightly golden, not fake orangey-brown!
3. Wear the Right Shoes
The high low has its roots in Bohemian style, so you don’t want to wear any serious closed-toe kind of pump or a conservative day shoe. I think these dresses look best with something summery, strappy and natural.
You can wear flat sandals for a casual, earthy look or wear heels to take it up a notch and give your dress a sweet and sexy vibe. Even a peep-toe wedge can work. Just make sure any shoe you choose is light and airy. Clunky sandals drag down the look.
A nude or metallic shoe lets delicate high-low gowns like these grab the spotlight. Or, you can pick up on a color in the dress and wear a shoe in the same hue.
You can also color block your outfit, which means you can wear a shoe in an entirely different color than the color of your dress. For example, a plain red dress with a plain blue shoe.
4. Add Some Great Jewelry
Flowy summer dresses like this call out for pretty necklaces, bangle bracelets, and dangly earrings. So have some fun, and start experimenting. Accessories can make all the difference.
Will you be wearing a high-low dress this summer? I’d love to know which team you are on?