How To Wear Long Lengths Without Looking Extra

Liz Taylor Caftan Prima Darling

Long lengths have shown up allover the never-ending Resort runways, so best to wrap our heads around a length that looks like it’s here to stay for the foreseeable future. Personally I love long, but I admit it’s a little tricky to wear in the normal scheme of things. So to avoid looking, as my daughters say, extra, follow the simple guidelines below. You may still be a bit extra but in a good way, it’s always a fine line.

Jil Sander Resort 18 Prima Darling
Jil Sander Resort ’18

I see super long lengths more for a resort setting, but it can be a fresh look for the office when the elements are more tailored as in this look from Jil Sander Resort. The clean color palette, cinched waist and matching lengths of the trench and dress look pulled together. Take note of where the hem hits, at the lower calf well above the ankle. Any longer could give you a biblical air.

Christian Wijnants Prima Darling
Christian Wijnants Resort ’18

An uneven hem is a new take on long and a boot is a great choice for a transitional look. For summer I’d wear it with a flat sandal and roll the sleeves up above the elbow. The cinched waist curbs the Goddess effect, and again the length should be no longer than pictured here.

Sonia Rykiel Resort '18 Prima Darling
Sonia Rykiel Resort ’18

This easy A-line skirt with a tailored jacket silhouette looks new. I even like it with the heel, though I normally prefer a flat with long.

Hermes Resort '18 Prima Darling
Hermes Resort ’18

A scarf print dress is deceptively versatile. When worn with a masculine brogue, as pictured here, a navy blazer or denim jacket could be added for a great day look. Wear with a strappy heel for evening or a flat sandal for a beachy look.

Martin Grant Resort '18 Prima Darling
Martin Grant Resort ’18

I see this as a strictly off hours look, wear with a flat sandal and add a turban for fun, or just a dangly earring. In this case the to the ankle length is just right.

Veronica Leroy Prima Darling
Veronica Leroy Resort ’18

I want this right now. I love the relaxed, nonchalant feel and would live in it all summer at the pool or beach. Comfort and a fabulous color to boot! With these principles in mind long can be a great way to wake up your wardrobe.