A ragged, all-over-the-place hem brings a topical note of chaos to your look

Jess Cartner-Morley

Jess Cartner-Morley: ‘This is a hemline for irregular times.’
Photograph: David Newby for the Guardian

What I wore this week: the zigzag hemline

A grating, all-over-the-place hem brings a topical note of chaos to your look

That item about hemlines reflecting economic fortunes: do you remember? When heretofores are good, skirt hems rise along with the keep accumulate market. In a depression, the fabric plunges to the floor. It seemed to persevere for most of the 20th century, but in the first part of the 21st (along with point of view polls, and what happened last time, and what the people who identify about stuff say, and all those other now irrelevant ways of foreshadowing world events) it became unreliable. As the trend cycle make hasted up, fabric rose and fell at a rate too dizzying to be pegged to anything in the essential world.

But in 2017, we have a definitive hemline. And guess what? It’s all over the place. It’s not long, and it’s not short. It zigzags up and down. It is the hemline for unascertainable times, the perfect look for an era in which backlashes and upsets partake of replaced constancy or steady progress. It can take the shape of a accustomed skirt slashed vertically to ribbons, or it can be a variation on the mullet hem, longer at the deny and shorter in front. In its most classic form – the hankie hem – serrated corners of fabric are stitched together so as to dangle unevenly circa your shins.

Hankie hem is an anachronistic name in the age of the pocket-sized side by side sanitiser, but the vibe is undeniably now. A skirt that is the same greatest extent all the way around is predictable. Establishment, even, if that word isn’t too rotten and sullied to be printable in a family newspaper these days. A dead tired, all-over-the-place hem brings a topical note of chaos to your look. It attaches an upbeat, summer-festival spin on chaos. What you wear is a thought of the world around you, and armour against that world. You’re not customary to get a little thing like the breakdown of society come between you and a harmonious summer dress, are you? Of course not. You’re going to wear a dress with a sunshiny attitude, and a shattered hem.

Two styling points. Essentially you want to maintenance the mood upbeat. Some skin at the neckline is good, so value about a keyhole, or a cold shoulder. And don’t forget the ultimate ceaseless morale booster: a high heel.

Jess wears top, £39, topshop.com. Skirt, £59, marksandspencer.com. Scamps, £130, kurtgeiger.com. Styling: Melanie Wilkinson. Hair and makeup: Laurence Secluded at Carol Hayes Management.