If you thought bridal hemlines were ho-hum, think again, because the biggest international designers have been pushing the boundaries this season when it comes to the length of your gown. No longer must you play by the rules of full-length gowns, we’re now seeing pantsuits, tea-length and tapered dresses – you can have the ceremony in a princess gown, but then dance the night away in a LWD (little white dress)!
Tamara Eason from My Private Tailor is one of the industry’s most sought-after garment refitters and has given us inside secrets to what designers are doing and what celebrity brides are requesting when it comes to the long and short of hemlines.
1. Modern Traditional
The traditional princess bridal gown, which is full in length and in the skirt, is and always will be popular. However, we are now seeing a modern take on this classic with different layers, fabrics and textures, creating full-flounced skirts that whisper a new twist on the full tulle skirt.
Hemline Factor: Go for floor-length, but with contemporary twists like structured ruffles and stiffer fabrics.
2. The LWD (Little White Dress)
We are also seeing a new trend that is fast becoming more popular – the Little White Dress! This shorter hemline was spotted recently straight off the runways of Oscar De La Renta, Naeem Khan & Mira Zwillinger and is a great alternative for the less traditional bride, the bride having an overseas ceremony or an uber-relaxed wedding. The LWD has also become an option for the bride who wants to change into something more comfortable, sexy or easy to dance in for the reception or rehearsal dinner.
Hemline Factor: Va-va-voom! This is the time to show off your legs, but keep it classy and never let the hemline rise above mid-thigh.
3. Tapered Lengths
Another unique style that has hit the runway is the tapered hem. This is where the dress is short at the front (generally above the knee) and then tapers or curves down from the sides to become full length – it can even have a train at the back! This style is for the trend-setter or fashionista looking for something unique and striking. It screams “wow factor” and is for those brides who dare to be BOLD.
Hemline Factor: The best of both worlds. This hem allows you to show a hint of leg, but still have a long flowing train.
4. Mod Era
Inspired by the late-1950s and early-60s, the Mod Era has proven it still rocks, with brides now donning a mid-calf hem – one that sits just above the ankle. The style idol for this is Audrey Hepburn and if you’re a classic bride who loves a touch of vintage, this style is for you.
Hemline Factor: 7/8th. This hem shows only a snippet of dainty ankle, meaning although it’s a shorter cut, it will still keep Grandma happy.
5. Well Suited
One of my favourite new trends that has hit the runway like never before is the tailored white pantsuit. Not everyone will agree with this style being appropriate for your Wedding Day, but it will certainly get the crowds talking. This clean style would be suited to the Ultimate Modern-Day Chic or an option for rehearsal dinner or reception.
Hemline Factor: Unforgettable. Donning a pantsuit will ensure your wedding is the talk of the town for years to come.
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