Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

There’s an enormous choice in wedding dresses these days, with a variety of styles, fabrics, colours, sleeves, necklines and so on… but today we’re going to look at hem length. There’s no hard and fast rule but generally the shorter your wedding gown, the warmer the weather, so you would assume to see most short wedding dresses this year during the summer. A major trend for 2011, in fact, is the short wedding dress – based on vintage 50s style gowns and a cheeky young sense of fashion that is very popular this summer.

How low you go is totally up to you – you might be eager to show off your legs or loathe to let them see the light of day! Other factors in a flattering hemline include your height, your personal style and whether you want to make your shoes a big part of your wedding outfit. Obviously having your shoes on show means you need to invest in some pretty spectacular footwear! Shorter wedding dresses can be a good option for destination weddings in hot countries, summer weddings and beach weddings. Different length hems can make a big difference to how well your dress looks – certain lengths can make certain body shapes look shorter, wider or are just plain unflattering, so take care when choosing the length of your wedding gown.

Here’s a brief guide to wedding dress hemlines, from short to long:

Mini: Mini-dresses stop above the knee and not for the faint-hearted! If you have killer pins and aren’t afraid to show them, then why not go for a mini-dress? There are some fantastic 60s and 70s vintage styles to be had, and with the right pair of heels, you will look stunning. Dress up a mini style with bold accessories, hair and make up.

Street/Knee-length: This length stops just above, on, or below the knee. Careful with this length, as choosing a few inches either way can make a difference to how tall and lean you look. A nice hem for sheath dresses and suit-dresses. This style can either be fitted or loose and flowing, depending on the type of wedding dress you’ve chosen.

Hi-lo/Intermission: A recent trend for skirts and dresses, this hem has two lengths: at the front it stops mid-shin, and at the back it reaches the floor. Not terribly flattering on shorter brides, but an attribute to this hem is that it can naturally extend into an attached train for a more extravagant look. Quirky and fun, this would be a great hemline for a non-traditional wedding.

Tea: A very popular style this year, this hem stops a few inches above the ankle and is flirty, fun and usually is teamed with a full or structured skirt. Go for summery wedges or strappy sandals for a fun look. Inspired by vintage looks, you can easily incorporate a tea-dress into a retro-themed wedding.

Floor-length: You can probably guess where this one ends, although floor-length gowns can vary a great deal: brushing the floor, a few centimetres above or extending into full trains behind the bride. This is the most common length of wedding dress and you will no doubt need to have your hem adjusted during your fittings to ensure it falls at the perfect height for you and the shoes you plan on wearing.

Source by Todd W Cassidy

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