Wednesday 13 December 2017

High-low skirts: The long and the short of it

Jacket €88, skirt €68 and trainers €114 all Topshop
Jacket €88, skirt €68 and trainers €114 all Topshop
Sheer dress €60 vest €25 both Miss Selfridge
Mary Katrantzou ss 2012
Jacket €95; Blue dress €115; shoes €40; necklace €17.50; earrings €13 all M&S
Wallis €75
modesty mini €96 Oasis
Red skirt €61 Topshop

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Bairbre Power has the lowdown on this season's high-low skirts

The leggy brigade are luxuriating in a new way of showing off their pins (and sensational shoes) this summer.

The high-low hemline -- long at the back, short at the front -- has pushed the mini skirt to one side and offers a more dressy option to showcase your legs.

Brides and debutantes discovered the charm of this hemline years ago. This season, though, the high street and designer catwalks have been more dramatic in their interpretation, with hemlines varying by three feet between front and back.

Our fashion cover image this week features a high-low look from boohoo.com, one of my favourite online discoveries. It's a website that generates lots of surprises -- for its prices as much as its colourful clothes and accessories.

You'll find lots of block-colour, high-low skirts on the high street, but I especially liked boohoo.com's patterned one (€26) worn with a cute lace top, a terrific look for €50.

However, if you are on 'Danish pastry' alert and don't fancy focusing all that attention on your knee caps, don't despair.

There are lots of fabulous sheer variations that are worn asymmetrically, or you can look to chiffon for a diaphanous mini-maxi look.

One of my favourite buys is the long white dress (€96) from Oasis, which combines just the right amount of formality and fun.

If you laughed at Angelina's Oscar get-up, but secretly hope to flash your shapely legs this summer, look to Wallis, Topshop and M&S.

Our shopping page looks at swimsuits, and you'll find ideas for holiday packing at the Oh Buoy! summer fashion and beauty event at Brown Thomas until May 20.

It features inspiring swimwear from DVF, Aubade Swim, Jets, Heidi Klein, Melissa Odabash and Maryan Mehlhorn.

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