Looking for a hemline that shows off your legs? The ‘Handkerchief Hem’ dress could be your answer…

A dress with a  handkerchief hemline is a wonderful way to show off sun kissed legs – especially when you add a bit of sparkle.

In The Times fashion (19th July 2017) writer Anna Murphy spoke of how she’s  in love with handkerchief hems aka HH: “they are feminine and flattering – and I’d like more of them…”.

I have to confess to you Ms Murphy is right; it’s the way in which this particular style of dress is cut, there is something about the silhouette created that make these dresses ethereal, a feminine fairytale of a dress, that does not come with the fixation of an age attached. It’s also an opportunity to show off your footwear, worn with the highest of daring heels, Louboutins or not, to Audrey Hepburn ‘Roman Holiday’ ballerina pumps; bring out your rock chick with cowboy boots, versatility is her credence.

Your ‘HH’ dress is day-to-evening and event friendly, a day at the races, garden parties with a wide brimmed hat, weddings, holidays and sandy beaches. They can vary in length from above the knee to mid-calf, remember to think of the side hem drape, created by the handerkerchief side seam tails,  you don’t necessarily want them trailing the ground. All of these options give you a hemline that shows off your legs.

As the seasons change this dress in a heavier weight fabric paired with woolly tights and ankle boots, teamed with a biker jacket, takes on a different persona, I did say she was versatile. Fabrics plain or patterned, light to medium weight also makes this a comfortable dress to wear skimming the body, so you can have desert when out to dinner!

Travelling further up the body to the shaping of neckline, you can go Coco Chanel with costume jewellery for a round neck, pearls and baubles come to mind, or the gentle simplicity of a choker necklace if a cowl or ‘V’ neck, some styles are cut with a bustier and sleeveless. However, if you are not comfortable wearing sleeveless dresses, a drop sleeve option would cover the top of your arms.

It’s a dress that is fun, frivolous and funky, and whilst wolf whistles in some quarters are considered non PC, she’s a dress that always warrants a second glance, as the hemline swooshes and sways with each step you take, heads turn.

Coraline Turner

Couture Designer and Eclipse Magazine Blogger at Coral Turner Couture
Coral Turner is a couture designer based in London. She specialises in unique ready-to-wear handmade garments, as well as bespoke pieces made to measure. "My dresses are just like you... one of a kind."

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