How to shorten a high low hem maxi dress

fashion over 50 woman in office outfit
  1. How to alter a high-low hem
      • How to shorten a maxi dress to knee-length (infographic)


  2. Styling a midi high-low hem wrap dress for work

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How to alter a high-low hem

I got this high-low hem velvet dress for the Forty Below Ball that took part in January. Since the ball was not announced as black tie I picked a maxi dress (see photo below) that would be “formal” enough to fit the dress code at the ball (upscale Fairbanks formal), but that I could change to get more wear out of it. In a small town like Fairbanks, the people attending a ball are more or less the same crowd. Thus, you can’t wear the same dress to a ball twice. 🙁

In this post, I share with you how to shorten a high-low hem yourself. The photo below shows the dress prior to the alterations.

Stylist in high-low hem velvet maxi dress illustrating the twirl
Shein green velvet wrap dress with Stephanie Professional dance shoes (all own)

How to shorten a maxi dress to knee-length (infographic)

The following infographic shows in photos and instructions how I altered the high-low hem to turn it in a knee-length work-appropriate warp dress.

tailoring infographic how to shorten a curved hem maxi dress to knee length

Styling a midi high-low hem wrap dress for work

Since velvet is a trend right now, it is easy to wear the shortened gown as a wrap dress at the office. All you have to do is to keep the accessories and shoes in the classic work appropriate style. The reasons to accessorize with a scarf were to up the style factor and to stay warm. It was still cold in the spring transition season. The v-neck of this wrap dress is quite modest, i.e. there is no reason to use a scarf to cover the cleavage.

fashion blogger in wrap dress

older woman in shortened asymmetric hemline dress
Shortened Shein dress with Salvadore Ferragamo pumps, Coach bag, Banana Republic silk coat (all own), and hand-painted swirl scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta

Which version do you like better? The short knee-length or the long maxi version? Do you shorten your gowns to wear them for another purpose and/or get more wear out of them?

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