Handkerchief Hems Are Back for Spring 2018

New York and London designers are resurrecting the mid-aughts trend to give skirts and dresses a flirty feel.
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Self-Portrait, Dion Lee, Jonathan Simkhai, Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane. Photos: Imaxtree

Self-Portrait, Dion Lee, Jonathan Simkhai, Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane. Photos: Imaxtree

Dust off that mid-aughts wardrobe you left at your parents' house: Both American and London-based designers have taken a liking to handkerchief hems for spring. Comfort is the name of the game when it comes to spring styles, and you have to admit, there's something about an uneven hem that feels effortlessly flirty and easy to throw on. 

Jonathan Simkhai opened his airy Spring 2018 show with a baby-blue striped handkerchief skirt, and Self Portrait's Han Chong sent a floaty, asymmetrically hemmed, star-spangled party dress down his spring runway. The soft draping and easy tailoring at Dion Lee came in the form of breezy, beach- and work-appropriate maxi dresses, and the hemline trend also made appearances via gauzy, full-bodied dresses in the Alice + Olivia and Diane Von Furstenberg collections. 

Zigzagging hemlines also made the trip across the pond. In his collection of summery separates, Peter Pilotto gave the asymmetric hem a hint of '70s sweetness via a pastel-printed satin frock, while J.W. Anderson gave the uneven hem a modern update with a yellow-striped, leather fit-and-flare dress. At Marques' Almeida, we saw the feminine silhouette pop up in a light, slightly sheer fabric skirt under a Medieval-inspired, mandarin-collar top. Similarly, Christopher Kane included a dramatic frilled-out handkerchief hem in his show. 

See it all in the gallery below. 

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