Our Favorite High-Low Wedding Dresses Straight From the Runways

Making Whitney Port Proud

Alyssa Greenberg

If you’re hemming and hawing on a length for your wedding dress, we’ve found the perfect compromise. Short in the front and long in the back, these wedding dresses go by several names—the high-low dress, the waterfall hemline, and, you know, the Whitney Port look. Your legs can thank this Hills star for making this juxtaposing design a trend—ever since she tied the knot to Tim Rosenman nearly two years ago in a chandelier-inspired Ashi Studio gown of lace, silver embroidery, and pearls, the high-low cut has been a regular on the runways ever since.

Our favorite part of this season’s high-low offerings is that there’s no shortage of diversity. Glam brides will take delight in Savannah Miller’s sparkling gold number or the modern metallic gleam of Mason Hosker’s silhouettes. Likewise, classic brides will love the clean, simple lines of Anne Barge’s sweetheart dress and Jason Alexander’s fitted gown of elegance. Meanwhile, Hayley Paige and Oscar de la Renta offer the bold and dramatic, with a transparent organza dress boasting colorful holographic embellishments and a mountainous skirt of ethereal tulle, respectively.

Even the hemline itself is versatile—there’s the standard high-low with a strong contrast, but if that’s too drastic for your taste, you can always opt for the more subtle difference with a back hemline that’s still long but doesn’t touch the ground, showing off a 360-degree leg view, or a longer front hemline that highlights the ankles.

No matter the style, one thing’s for sure: your legs will never look so good. A high-low hemline does wonderful tricks, making even a petite bride look like she has legs for miles. It’s time to pull out the shaving cream and work on those calf raises because you’ll want your legs to shine in these 20 beautiful dresses.

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Wedding dress by Marylise.

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Wedding dress by Marylise.

Courtesy of Lein

Puff-shoulder cotton & silk faille short dress and detachable sweeping skirt with ruffle collar, ruched trims, and keyhole back by Lein.


“Orizaba” wedding dress with high low silhouette and cropped sweater with illusion sleeves by YolanCris.

Temperley Bridal High-Low Wedding Dress
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Retro-inspired wedding dress with raised center hemline by Temperley Bridal.

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“Mia” embroidered strapless sweetheart dress with high-low skirt by Anne Barge.

BHLDN Wedding Dress
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Wedding dress by BHLDN.

<p>Hayley Paige Wedding Dress</p><br><br>
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“Lucille” organza high-low wedding dress with holographic embellishments by Hayley Paige.

Justin Alexander Spring 2018 Wedding Dress
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Style 8940 crepe and lace wedding dress with modern high-low silhouette, illusion neckline, and tonal beading by Justin Alexander.

Courtesy of YolanCris; Photo by Dan Lecca

Wedding dress with lace by YolanCris Haute Couture.

Courtesy of YolanCris; Photo by Dan Lecca

Ethereal wedding dress by YolanCris Haute Couture.

Courtesy of Temperley Bridal

Satin wedding dress with bias cut ruffled panels and wide waistband with crystals and soft satin bow on lower back by Temperley Bridal.

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White-grey, structured short-sleeve dress by Mason Hosker.

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Silver and gold v-neckline wedding dress by Mason Hosker.

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Silk white wedding dress with high-low hemline by Mason Hosker.

<p>Oleg Cassini Wedding Dress Spring 2018</p><br><br>
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Romantic wedding dress by Oleg Cassini.

“Merlin” ivory tulle high low handkerchief ballgown by Oscar de la Renta.

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“Lisa” embellished, asymmetrical wedding dress with halter neckline and flowing train by Savannah Miller.


“Pobeda Blusa Y Vestido” wedding dress with high neckline, long sleeves, and high low skirt by YolanCris.

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