Sorry, But The High-Low Hem Is Back

Photo: Courtesy of Nasty Gal.
First, know this: We are just the messengers. We no more control the vagaries of fashion than we do the weather. So, it's not easy for us to say this, but it must be said. One of your most hated trends, the high-low hem, is back. Yeah, already.

It seems like only yesterday that it was 2012, and we all decided that high-low hems were suddenly ugly as sin, and only acceptable for wearing under extreme duress. (Like if you need a dress for the club, and there's only a Strawberry nearby. Or if you have to fit in at a terrible music festival.) Otherwise, they were verboten. We were all happier this way.

But lately, we've been noticing the trend creeping back into fashion, often by bundling itself with the other trend du jour: Marques Almeida-inspired, frayed-hem denim. And in most cases...we don't hate it? Okay, maybe the example up top is a little extreme for our taste. But, consider the Front Row Shop version shown below — worn quite fetchingly by fashion editor Pandora Sykes here.
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Because the brand is the modern progenitor of this trend, Marques Almeida gets to make the fringiest, high-low-hemmiest version of them all:
Photo: Courtesy of Marques Almeida.

But even dyed-in-the-wool high-low haters can get down with this subtle take by Current/Elliot, where the rounded front adds just a little bit of intrigue to your now-standard bootcut jean:
Photo: Courtesy of Net-A-Porter.
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We do apologize if this controversial trendlet alert has disturbed you in any way. Maybe if you ignore it, it'll go away again — before roaring back a few years later, like swarms of locusts do.
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