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 longer, but doesn’t touch the ground, showing off a 360° 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.