Tuesday, March 12, 2013

GREAT LENGTHS


Dress by Amy-Jo Tatum
About ten years back the length of your gown was a deciding factor in how formal your wedding would be.  These days the new code on lengths has more to do with how you feel about wearing a certain gown than what's proper before or after five.  So lets get right into what those lengths actually mean. Did you know there's a difference between tea-length and ballerina length? Short and mini? Here are some images to inspire you along to finding your perfect hemline. . . .

FLOOR-LENGTH
Zuhair Murad via Wedding Inspirasi

Most common length for bridal gowns, this hemline is graceful and elegant; with the exception of the gorg Murad gown above, the hem typically doesn't touch the floor in front but 1-3" above for ease with walking.

BALLERINA
Dress by Amy-Jo Tatum/Photo by Sweet Light Studios

Ballerina-length skirts fall just above the ankle and are wide and full just like the skirts seen in the corps de ballet.  Not to confuse you here, but yes, some ballerinas do wear tea-length skirts . . . don't ask!

TEA-LENGTH

Dress by Suzie Zeller of Be Unique Boutique and Bridal via Love My Dress

Falls mid-calf and can be either full and voluminous or fitted. Mostly worn for the informal or semi -formal wedding but showing up more and more at larger celebrations.

KNEE-LENGTH
Dress by Amy-Jo Tatum/Photo by Strotz Photography

This shorter style of skirt finishes just below or above the knee. A very flattering length, it's perfect for cocktail and the less formal civil-style wedding.

MINI

Whimsical and playful , this skirt sports a certain radical chic first worn in the 1960s. Perfect for a cocktail wedding or a bride with great legs.

ASYMMETRICAL
Dress by Vera Wang via Style Me Pretty/Photo by We Heart It Photography

Irregular hemline falling diagonally. Can start as a mini and go to the floor. Tres chic the last few seasons along with asymmetrical necklines.

GRADUATED OR HIGH-LOW HEM
White Azalea

Hemline is short in front and generally extended into a train in back.

7 comments:

Sam said...

The second gown is a dream and I am head over heels for the last two asymmetrical dresses, I didn't know how much I loved that type of style until I saw these pics.

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Just love these gowns, the first ones are my favourite. Love the longer ones or just to the knee!! Have a wonderful Tuesday xx

Dee Stephens said...

That Vera Wang gown is amazing but over the top at the same time. I couldn't pull it off but still adore! xoxo

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

my favorites are tea and floor length. i also like short, but not too short.
http://www.averysweetblog.com/

Valerie Price said...

These are all so beautiful! I really love the mini and high low hem...definitely unique!

Marilyns Closet said...

Great post dear!
Love it! Thanks for vistit me!
Big kis!!

Marianela xxx
www.marilynsclosetblog.com

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