To Go For the Mullet (Dress) or Not? Stylists Answer the Question
There are certain fashion staples that will always be in style, like classic red lips or the LBD. But a mullet dress? That one may be up for debate.
Just the like the haircut, the high-low hem dress runs long in the back and shorter in the front.
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And just when we think the mullet dress is no longer in style, a new celebrity emerges on the red carpet sporting the look.
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And whether you like a high-low dress or not, one thing is for sure: It’s a great way to make a bold statement. We asked several celebrity stylists for their take on the high-low trend, as well as how you can rock it and look effortlessly chic.
A Familiar Trend
“Mullet dresses and skirts have been out for quite some time now,” says model and fashion expert Jaimie Hilfiger. “They were first introduced a couple of seasons ago at runway shows, like Diane Von Furstenberg and Alexander McQueen. The style was later picked up by almost every wallet-friendly chain, including Forever 21 and H&M."
Look (and Feel) Cool
When there’s a sudden heat wave, the last thing you want to do is add layers, but not everyone feels comfortable wearing a mini-skirt. Enter the mullet dress. According to Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, fashion and beauty editor for POPSUGAR, insists the high-low gown is an ideal option when you can’t decide what to wear. “It’s a great way to show off your legs without feeling as revealing as you would be in a mini-skirt.”
Petite ladies can have a hard time finding a maxi dress that doesn’t require a visit to the seamstress. Hilfiger says this is why the mullet dress is perfect for women who are shorter. “Many times when buying a maxi dress or skirt, women run into the problem with it being too long and tripping over the front,” explains Hilfiger. “With a mullet dress you could walk confidently while letting the back flow gracefully behind you.”
Not Just for Teens
New York City-based designer Autumn Hawk says that while it can be difficult to take this trend seriously, she believes it’s here to stay and anyone, regardless of their age, can pull it off. “The key to wearing the trend is to understand that the very pattern, or the cut, is enough,” she says. “Avoid prints or patterns. Go for a solid colored dress when you want to look more chic and less teenage.”
Show Off Your Shoes
“The focus definitely goes onto your calves and feet, so think of it as a frame for your shoes and pick accordingly,” explains Goldberg. “Strappy sandals will look terrific, but skip a too-chunky platform or wedge that will compete with the delicate feeling of this flowy skirt.” And don’t even think about those ballet flats. “Don’t wear flats if you are short,” adds celebrity stylist Ali Levine. “These dresses are not meant to hit the floor!”
Ever dreamed of being as statuesque as a supermodel? Levine says a high-low dress can help you reach new heights by creating the illusion of appearing taller. For effective results, you cannot let the gown do all of the work. “Make sure you walk with proper posture and poise,” says Levine. “The style of the dress really puts focus on your legs and will not look so pretty if you’re slouched. Also, don’t over accessorize. Too much on your body can draw attention away from the beautiful cut of the dress.”
Got curves? The mullet doesn’t have to be just for the lean ladies. Enhance your shape by adding a skinny belt around your natural waistline to cinch your midsection.
Transition to Fall
Stylist Dara Michelle expects to see this trend into the cooler autumn season. “With no signs of slowing down, the high-low trend will take us into fall and also translate into all kinds of tops, including blouses and sweaters,” she says. “Think an oversized high-low sweater, skinny jeans, and some killer booties.”
From Day to Night
Hilfiger, a personal fan of the mullet dress, says this gown can help you easily transition from day to night. However, before you consider wearing it for a black-tie gala, be mindful of what the occasion is before making a major fashion faux pas.She says the look is best for more casual outings, as opposed to formal events where a traditional gown is more appropriate.
“A scarf or cute jacket can entirely change the dynamics of the look,” says Levine. “If you want to dress up your outfit, stick to finding the right jewelry to give it a boost. If you’re going for something more casual, add a jacket or light scarf to dress your high-low down.”