Saturday, January 15


Shirttail hem, tapered hem, cutaway hem; whatever you wish to label it the basic fact remains. skirts and dresses cut longer at the back are continuing to make their way into our wardrobes and features as a major 2011 fashion trend. These hems fill the void between mini and midi or between midi and maxi. They cover, yet they expose and they're a simple way to freshen up your spring 2011 wardrobe with a new type of cut.


mid length hemThe tail hem, What is it?

A shirttail hem is traditionally cut shorter on the sides with a longer 'tail' at the back. In 2011 the trend is more than just a shirttail hem, however it's any manner of dresses, skirts or tops that have a hem that's shorter in front, longer in back.

Why a tail hem?

The appeal of a dipping hem is that it's playful. One side coveys the elegance of length, while the other hints at something more revealing. It can also have the appeal of looking completely effortless; especially if cut to resemble an untucked shirt or an oversized tee.

There are numerous ways of creating a unique hemline with a 'tail' effect. Here are a few examples:

  • A simple hem cut at an angle.
  • A more traditional petal hem (where the fabric overlaps in front like petals of a flower)
  • A hem that's cut from very short to very long - i.e mini to maxi.
  • A hem that falls into large drapes or pleats at the back.

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