hem·​line | \ ˈhem-ˌlīn How to pronounce hemline (audio) \

Definition of hemline

: the line formed by the lower edge of a dress, skirt, or coat

Examples of hemline in a Sentence

The hemline falls just above the knee. I shortened the hemline on the dress.

Recent Examples on the Web

One of the biggest trends from the last few years wasn't a type of hemline or a specific color, but rather a marked change in the way shoppers acquire their clothes. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "There's a New Trend in Fashion Subscription Boxes—and We Put It to the Test," 10 Jan. 2019 There's something sharp about her look—something that isn't exclusively located in her exacting hemlines. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Marin Hinkle On the Scene That Gave Her Hives," 8 Dec. 2018 No hemline was too short, her shoulders were covered, and her headwear was a cool-girl take on the traditional pieces women most often wear to a royal wedding. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Cara Delevingne Wore a Tuxedo to Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 The hemline, which hits just below Lili's knee, features magenta flowers and a similarly colored ribbon trim at the bottom. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Wears Her Mother's Dress on Instagram," 28 Apr. 2018 With its squared neckline and mid-calf hemline, the silhouette felt modern and fresh, allowing the vibrant hue to shine through. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Yalitza Aparicio of Roma Proves She’s a Fashion Star to Watch," 5 Jan. 2019 It can be assumed that Meghan has been asking him questions related to royal fashion etiquette, which dictates what royal women must wear, such as panty hose and modest hemlines. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Prince Harry Apparently Likes Giving Meghan Markle Fashion Tips," 11 June 2018 Shop the look: Jeffrey Campbell Obey Tall Boots, $175 $52.50, Shopbop A short hemline puts the spotlight on the shoes. Avery Matera, Glamour, "17 Ways to Wear Thigh-High Boots This Winter," 11 Jan. 2019 That same year, Reese Witherspoon brought back short hemlines in that infamous yellow Nina Ricci number. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Best Golden Globes Dresses of All Time," 4 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of hemline

1923, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hemline

: the bottom edge of a dress, skirt, or coat

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