Rising Hemlines: Short Wedding Dresses to Inspire You
Whether it’s for a destination getaway wedding, a dance-friendly reception dress or a retro-inspired celebration, these days we’re seeing more and more brides choose short wedding dresses for their big day. Luckily, bridal designers are only too happy to oblige, with gorgeous tea-length, ballet-length and mini styles included in collections every year! Here’s where to find your short wedding dress depending on your bridal style…
These days, vintage-inspired brides who love Fifties and Sixties style bridal gowns have loads of different styles to choose from – and the majority of them are shorter dresses!
1950s-style wedding dresses are more likely to be tea-length, falling either just below the knee or around mid-shin, with voluminous circle skirts and nipped-in waists. If you’re looking for even more volume, you can accentuate the super-flattering shape with a petticoat or crinoline, and add a sparkling or coloured belt to emphasize your waist. Fifties-inspired gowns are some of the most popular short wedding dresses around at the moment, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a style to suit you. For true vintage style, try Oh My Honey or House of Mooshki; for a more up-to-date take on the look, check out True Bride’s Brighton Belle collection for short gowns.
If the swinging Sixties is more your style, then you’re likely to be looking at a slightly shorter gown – around knee-length, or even higher if you’re braver! 60s-inspired dresses make up for their shorter hemline by covering up any cleavage with a bateau or shift neckline, with many styles including an elbow-length or full sleeve. For this style of gown, we recommend Kitty & Dulcie, or visiting your local Oxfam Bridal boutique.
Images: Top Row Left via ASOS | Top Row Right via Charlotte Balbier | Second Row Left via Mori Lee | Second Row Right via Ronald Joyce | Bottom Row Left via Sassi Holford | Bottom Row Right via Justin Alexander
Short wedding dresses don’t have to be inspired by the past – in fact, designers are increasingly including chic, fashionable short dresses as part of their collections. Popular lengths include ballerina, which fall between mid-shin and ankles, and the hi-lo dress, which falls to full-length in the back but can go as high as a mini dress in the front. For chic short dresses, we recommend BHLDN, Sassi Holford or the new bridal range at ASOS – simply pair with statement heels and you’re good to go!
Perhaps you’re marrying on the beach and don’t want the heat and hassle of a full-length gown, or you want a dress that lets you dance the night away without dragging you down – that doesn’t mean you have to give up on that traditional bridal look! The Voyage collection from Mori Lee is especially designed for brides who want a lighter, more travel-friendly dress, and includes many short styles that are perfect for brides who don’t want a full-length gown. Other designers we recommend for classically beautiful short wedding dresses are Justin Alexander and Sincerity Bridal.