The Balenciaga spring 2014 ready-to-wear runway show featured one of the riskiest style trends out there: super short hemlines. The line featured ensembles in predominately solid and neutral colors, with a few feminine patterns thrown in here and there. There were some extremely short skirts, dresses and shorts styled with hints of elegance. The line is beautiful, classic and sophisticated. When I first scanned over this show, I thought of the movie The Devil Wears Prada. It’s one of those runway shows where you actually would want to wear an ensemble straight from the runway, accessories and all.
Shorter hemlines have taken the world by storm, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. If I had the legs of these models, I would rock hemlines as short as theirs. Shorter hemlines make your legs look longer and leaner if worn right, especially when you add a pair of heels. While people may look at shorter hemlines as trashy and too “night prowler,” I think they can be chic in if paired with the right accessories. As long as it isn’t a bandage skirt clenching to every curve on your body (save those for the frat houses ladies), a short dress or skirt can be feminine and sophisticated.
This week I decided to channel my inner Southern Fashionista and break out the preppy Lilly Pulitzer dress. It’s full of vibrant playfulness, yet it has a pretty short hemline. But it’s Lilly, so of course it is still stylish and tasteful. The vivid pink and green floral pattern is perfect for a gorgeous sunny day of work and strutting the streets of downtown. Just wearing this dress put me in an incredibly happy mood. I paired the cheerful dress with a pair of strappy, white heels to make my legs look longer. I accessorized with a sparkly gold ring, dangly gold earrings and an “N” monogrammed necklace.
Don’t be afraid to show some leg with some class! Be confident, and be bold.