An interesting fact our team discovered today, the various styles of dresses begin with the letter ‘M’. Think about it: Mini dress (dress with short hemlines, way above the knee) and there is midi dress (which is the hot thing in Korea and Korean fashion now) which features hemlines between the knees and ankle. There is the all-thing favourite maxi dress (which is still hot in Korea, being made in all kinds of colours and prints, casual ones to hit the beach with and formal ones for the evenings) where the hemline of the dress hits the ankle. And now there is mullet, which coincidentally beings with the letter ‘M’ as well.
Oh wait, what is mullet?
Mullet is not a separate style from mini, midi and maxi style dresses, it is an overlap in style. Have I lost you? Take a look at the pictures of celebrities and models in mullet style dresses below and spot the difference similarity.
Lovely, isn’t it? Mullet hemlines are sometimes called tail hems as it is longer at the back, resembling a tail. It is sometimes called shirt-tail hem, tapered hem or cutaway hem. Basically, it is a skirt or a dress that cuts longer at the back and was actually featured as a major 2011 fashion trend.
A shirt-tail hem traditionally cuts shorter on the sides, with a longer tail at the back but nowadays it has evolved to any dress, skirt or even top that have a hem that is shorter in front and longer at the back.
Why was the dipping hem created by designers? (fyi: to clarify, this style isn’t started by korean fashion designers but have been around for sometime) Don’t you think some of the dresses above look playful? One side conveys elegance (with the tail) while the other conveys sexiness (revealing).
Types of mullet hems
As seen from the pictures above, there are numerous types of mullet hemlines, some have an exaggerating tail, some are created by a piece of long, hanging chiffon while others are just a short dip. In here, we summarise a few examples we see in the “mullet” scene:
- A simple hem cut at an angle
- A 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
Look at the pictures above and see if you can identify which dress fits the 4 descriptions above.
If you ask me which of the four types above is more popular, only time will tell. One thing’s for sure, when the mullet trend hits town. Others will term it as simply “asymmetrical hem” or “tail hem” but you can put a proper name to it and impress your girl friends.
Looking for mullet dresses from Ministry of Retail? Click on the pictures below:
Featured: Bohemian Mullet Dress, The White Princess Dress, Faux Leather Braids Midi Dress (not featured)
Article referenced from “Tail hems: dresses longer at the back”