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Business in the front. Party in the back. The mullet haircut is back in vogue. Similarly, a fashion trend taking cues from the retro hairstyle that first burst onto the scene in the 1980s is also taking center stage once again.
High-low dresses, also known as ‘Mullet dresses,’ offer a unique silhouette that emerged in the ‘80s and had a major moment in the early to mid-2010s. In 2022, the flirty style is back, making its way onto red carpets and runways alike with its own distinctive flair.
Mullet dresses are traditionally high in front and low in back. However, its resurgence shows that it can be interpreted in many ways. Simple yet chic, the sideways high-low silhouette exudes relaxed elegance. It’s undoubtedly one way to rock this retro look.
Take Niesha Butler, for example, who wore a form-fitting version of the sideways mullet dress on a recent red carpet. Sleek in white, the classic halter neck of the dress lets the unique hemline shine.
An avant-garde design of the sideways high-low dress worn by Souraya Chalhoub leaves little to the imagination. With edgy chunky pumps, this modern mullet-inspired dress definitely makes a statement.
While the saying goes, “Business in the front and party in the back,” a properly executed mullet dress can be a party all over without being overbearing.
Adriana Karembeu pulled out all the stops when she donned her light rose mullet dress. The look was plenty dramatic and full of unique details to discover. Featuring an almost draped foundation with lots of ruffles, her mullet dress was an absolute showstopper. Other details in the dress include a collared v-neck and puff sleeves with a deep cuff.
Adriana wasn’t the only one looking to garner the attention of fashion-forward onlookers. Thania Peck has also rocked a chic and unique mullet dress recently at Apple TV+ Surface premiere event. This dress is bringing back a lot of retro details, such as color blocking, which has exploded back onto the frontlines of fashion. Other spicy throwbacks include plenty of fringe and a scooped neckline to carry your eye around the dress’ silhouette.
Another twist in the rebirth of the mullet dress has been deep plunging necklines that are daring and bold. Creating a similar but opposite silhouette, the look helps to give an hourglass appearance while cranking major sex appeal.
Complete with a trendy shag, Alexis G. Zall rocked this look at the Tribeca Festival in a lux velvety emerald green fabric. Giving some retro vibes with the puff sleeves and delicate button details, Zall tied the look together with a pair of tan tie-up boots.
Sweet elements like a delicate floral print and wonderful flowy silhouette pair perfectly with the sexy deep-v neckline of mullet dresses, like this version spotted on the runway of the Cupshe Fashion Show.
With so many ways to pull off these exciting mullet dresses, they are sure to continue to make statements on the red carpet for years to come.
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