Trend Watch: Meet the “Mullet” Skirt

Can't choose between the season's ubiquitous maxi and mini skirt trends? Not to worry: mullet skirts -- also known as cutaway or breakaway hems -- present a happy balance of lengths.

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Be they maxi or mini, skirts played an important role in this spring's key collections. For those of us who can't choose between the two, a sweeping "mullet skirt" provides a happy compromise—mini in the front, maxi in the back. Brooklyn-based designer Suzanne Rae has championed the mullet style from the very beginning, and these ruffled silk skirts were among her best yet.
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Rodebjer's long jersey dresses are an easy way to participate in the mullet-skirt trend without committing to a full, sweeping skirt. $366 at Shop Acrimony.
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With a long tail of silk in the back, these sheer caftans at Thakoon would make spectacular swimsuit cover-ups.
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Rodarte's kimono-inspired mullet skirts are not for the faint of heart. Indeed, the underwear-exposing front would likely require some sort of bike short solution when it comes wearing it on a city sidewalk.
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Phillip Lim offered a grown-up take on the trend with double-ply silk "mullet" skirts cut to the mid-thigh.
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It almost feels blasphemous to mention "McQueen" and "mullet" in the same breath, but the brand's mullet-cut dresses and skirts were among the best of the season. This poufy white dress exposes eyefulls of leg while still offering the drama of a sweeping skirt.
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Another evening-appropriate mullet gown from McQueen.
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In spite of Galliano's recent woes, his sweeping tulle skirts and gowns at Dior couture articulated the mullet-skirt trend at its most outrageously feminine.
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In a cute twist on the mullet-skirt trend, Chris Benz added length on either side of these pleated striped skirts. Perhaps instead of "mullet" we should dubb this style "doggy ears."
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Even Chanel hopped aboard the mullet band-wagon, with dramatic uneven hems cropping up on everything from skirts to breezy cocktail dresses.
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Vena Cava's mullet-style sundresses came with structured halter collars at the neck, removing any potential accessory anxiety.
Frills-free and casually comfortable, Elizabeth and James' drawstring jersey mullet skirt requires little more than a fitted bodysuit underneath. $295 at Net-a-Porter.
For those under six foot seven, maxi skirts can present a serious length challenge. Girl by Band of Outsiders offered this stylish mullet-skirt solution with a simple sweep at the ankle, creating the illusion of length without drowning the wearer in fabric. $648 at Shopbop.
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