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Business in the front, party at the back—high-low hemlines are undeniably fun and eye-catching. Originating in the Victorian era, and later modernized by designers in the early aughts, high-low dresses have evolved to become not only a mainstay in ready-to-wear fashion but bridal fashion too–especially when it comes to bridal party dresses.
What Is a High-Low Hemline?
High-low hemlines, also known as waterfall skirts, are characterized by a hem that is higher at the front than the back.
From silhouettes with dramatic trains to dresses with gently flared skirts, there are so many different iterations of high-low hemlines to choose from. For the classic bride-to-be, you’ll find bridal party dresses in crisp and clean silhouettes featuring high-low hemlines that hit just above the ankle. Looking for something more daring? Statement-making styles with sexy front slits, leg-baring lengths, and cascading trains are perfect for the bold and fashion-forward bridal party. And of course, one of the biggest perks to donning a high-low dress is that it gives you the chance to show off a great pair of shoes.
From black-tie-worthy gowns to lightweight chiffon silhouettes, we’ve rounded up the best high-low bridal party dresses for every style.
Most Feminine: David's Bridal Tall Crepe Satin Ruffle High-Low Bridesmaid Dress
Featuring a beautiful billowing skirt, delicate ruffles, and an elegant sash, this gown is as sweet as ever for the bride-to-be with feminine tastes. Pair with shoulder-grazing earrings and a simple bouquet to complete the look.
Considering a high-low hemline? We’ve answered three common questions people have when shopping for high-low bridal party dresses.
- What is a high-low hemline? High-low hemlines, also known as a waterfall or asymmetrical skirts, are characterized by a hem that is higher at the front than the back.
- Are high-low bridal party dresses appropriate? Yes! High-low bridal party dresses are appropriate for all seasons and dress codes. That said, if you're shopping for your own bridal party dress, check in with the bride first to get their approval.
- What are the different types of high-low hemlines? High-low bridal party dresses run the gamut from silhouettes with gently flared hemlines that hit above the ankle to more daring dresses with shorter hems.