Fashion Trends: Hitch hem dresses and skirts

Hitched-dresses

Remember hems? Remember when they were straightforward and unfussy? Those days are gone. These days we sometimes struggle to find dresses that don't have what's known as a "hitched" hemline – something you can see illustrated in the image above.

The hitch skirt or dress is a close relation of the puffball: it creates a skirt with a lot of volume, and a much "rounder" shape than most other styles, although all hitched dresses are not created equal, and some are more "hitched" than others – as you can also see above.

What does everyone think of this trend? Is it a welcome change from boring old straight hems, or is it too close to the puffball for comfort? Tell us!

Stone hitch skirt, £28,Dorothy Perkins, Green crochet hitch dress, £38, Dorothy Perkins, ruffle hitch up dress, £28, New Look, Bryony hitch dress, £160, All Saints, check hitched mini skirt, £15,Miss Selfridge

18 Comments

  • May 20, 2009

    gokarm

    I like the hitch, but not when it creates something fluffy and twee. Straight is too boring for our “organic” society that likes to see what fabric does when pinned and tucked and falls “naturally”. It’s a phase we’ll get through, but I hope that on the other side, we’ll be left with a whole new outlook on the “classic” frame.

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  • May 20, 2009

    Winnie

    I like it, but not when it’s too overdone. The red dress looks nice, for example, with the more subtle hitched hemline, but the black dress looks ridiculous!!

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  • May 20, 2009

    Victoria

    I like it too! its fun and makes my non-existent hips look bigger. I just don’t own any such items since I’m afraid its just a fad.

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  • May 20, 2009

    Karyn

    I think it looks feminine and romantic. Def a great idea for some variety. I bet it is very flattering as well for most figure types.

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  • May 20, 2009

    Emily

    Done in moderation, I like it. It adds a great romantic element to the dress. But I think it has to be done with style and restraint. I like it on the red and yellow dresses in the photo. The other three, not so much.

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  • May 20, 2009

    Arielle

    I like the red and green dresses. I even think the black one could create a pretty interesting look depending on what shoes and accessories were used. I don’t like the skirts though.
    I do prefer these to the bubble hems.

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  • May 20, 2009

    Celeste

    The green dress and the red dress have okay hems. The rest are pretty ridiculous. I kind of like them though. Don’t see any in this line up that I’d want to buy though.

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  • May 20, 2009

    Katie

    They’re great! But what is going on which that khaki skirt? It’s like they couldn’t figure out where to stitch it.

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  • May 21, 2009

    chocoholic

    I like subtle ones, like on the red dress.

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  • May 21, 2009

    Monica

    I actually tried on the black dress from All Saints. I looked like a witch, or a Victorian maid – it was a bit too much. I ended up buying another model – shorter, with straps – which looked less…excessive!

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  • May 21, 2009

    kevie

    A little goes a long way.

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  • May 21, 2009

    Evelyn

    Not for me…they all have that ‘caught in the pantyhose’ look…

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  • May 21, 2009

    Bethany

    I had a girl come into my shop with a “hitched hem” pink bridesmaid dress for hemming. It looked like she was standing in a pile of strawberry whipped cream.

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  • June 2, 2009

    Lorituela

    I love love love your blog!
    Hugs from Spain!
    Lorituela

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  • September 10, 2009

    7osh

  • February 3, 2010

    maddiefashonista

    i love them. a new twist on regular skirts. i want them especially the charcole colored 1. they get my applause. 😀

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  • June 16, 2010

    jxxnx

    Like someone said, it can suit many different figure types. I am an apple shape, and was sure that it would look awful on me, but as long as I wear a simple, streamlined lcamisole/t-shirt and a short (hitting at top of hip)v-neck cardi on top, worn with a thin belt hitting at high hip, it looks fab. I think you definitely need to be fairly “minimalist” on top if you want to wear this kind of skirt – there’s enough busy-ness on the bottom! Suggestion: if you’re keen to try the style, buy one if it’s on sale somewhere, not full price!

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  • October 13, 2011

    aly

    Does anyone have a link to a website that gives a tutorial on how to make a hitched hem skirt? Like a diy or sewing blog or anything? I love this style and I would like to make one myself rather than try to find one in a store…

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