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Above-knee cocktail dress

The hemline is the line formed by the lower edge of a garment, such as a skirt, dress or coat.

The hemline is perhaps the most variable style line in fashion, changing shape and ranging in height from hip-high to floor-length. What is a fashionable style and height of hemline has varied considerably throughout the years, and has also depended on a number of factors such as the age of the wearer, the occasion for which the garment is worn and the choice of the individual.

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Similar to necklines and waistlines, hemlines can be grouped by their height and shape:

  • floor-length hemlines
  • ankle hemlines
  • midcalf hemlines
  • below-knee hemlines
  • above-knee hemlines
    Long evening dress

    Ankle length evening dress

  • mid-thigh hemlines
  • hip-high hemlines
  • handkerchief hemlines
  • diagonal or asymmetric hemlines
  • high-low hemlines, usually short in front and dipping behind
  • other hemlines, such as modern-cut hemlines

Dresses and skirts are also classified in terms of their length:

  • mini
  • ballerina length
  • tea length
  • full length
  • maxi
  • Intermission length

see also: Skirt

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