Two-Tier Wedding Gowns from Spring 2012

Searching for a wedding dress almost always leads to the great hemline debate: You like the modern, flirty look of short dresses, but you can't part ways with the idea of wearing a traditional full-length gown. The solution? Opt for a two-tier gown, and you can have it both ways.

The key to pulling off a two-tier gown is finding a design that crops the top tier at an ideal spot for your body. A peplum (a.k.a. the short, flared piece of fabric attached to the waist of the dress) adds volume, so if you're looking to hide your hips, opt for a longer top tier. It's a tricky balance, but looks stunning when worn right.

Petra, $5,400, Christos