Dipped hem dresses are a great way to add a directional twist to an outfit. From slight curved hems to more dramatic shirt tails, the look is always interesting. Choose a neutral colour for something understated, or invest in vivid prints for something more statement making. Take inspiration from the following dipped hem dresses.
Price: $135.00 at net-a-porter.com
This little black dress would make an excellent wardrobe staple. It features ruching at the shoulders which in turn creates a draped effect throughout body of the dress. It has a longer curved hem at the back, which is typical of dipped hem dresses. Layer this versatile dress over tights, or under blazers and cardigans.
Price: $210.00 at net-a-porter.com
Sheer, lightweight fabrics are always popular during the summer months. This dress is a street smart approach to the classic shirt dress design. It has four silk crepe de Chine pockets to the front, a semi sheer panel at the back, and concealed button fastenings. Due to the sheerness of the dress, it’s best to wear a slip underneath. Wear with combat boots and a khaki jacket for a military inspired take on urban dressing.
Price: $450.00 at us.topshop.com
Dipped hem dresses can range in design from basic cuts to more extravagant creations. This dress is part of Topshop’s Unique collection. The dress has a v-neck, pleated mesh detail on one shoulder, and curved hem. Combined with the black angel print, this dress has a very contemporary gothic feel to it. Pair with black ankle boots and an assortment of knockout rings.
Price: $40.00 at dorothyperkins.com
This dress would make an eye-catching addition to any wardrobe. It features a multicoloured animal print design and has an embellished neckline. The swirls of blue are an off beat addition to the animal print pattern. As is typical with dipped hem dresses, this dress has a short front hem and longer curved hem at the back.
Price: $275.00 at lagarconne.com
This relaxed fit dress would be a great option for casual dressing. It comes in an ‘umber’ colourway and features a patchy burnout pattern. It has a crew neck, single patch pocket to one side, and curved shirt tail hem. This can be worn as a dress or a cover up. Style it with some layered necklaces, short suede boots, and structured jacket for a fashion forward look.
Price: $185.00 at us.topshop.com
This frill dress is a demure, girly take on the trend. It has a v-neck, button front bodice, and frilled hem. The front hem of the dress is slightly shorter than the back. This silk dress would be perfect for wearing on a balmy summer’s day. Pair it with cream sandals and neutral accessories for an effortless daytime look.
Price: $860.00 at lagarconne.com
At the (very) high end of the price range is this directional floor length dress by Rick Owens. It has a dramatic cape-like back and asymmetric hem. It has asymmetric draping along the front and even has a hidden side pocket. This dress really does speak for itself, so it would be best to keep accessories to a minimum. Complete the look with leather strap sandals or sleek boots.
Depending on your personal style, there’s a range of dipped hem dresses available. Which of the above do you like best?
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