23 High-Low Bridal Party Dresses for Every Style

Perfect for gracing the aisle and hitting the dance floor.

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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.

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For a Destination Wedding: Magali Pascal Ruffled High-Low Maxi Dress

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Planning a destination wedding? This light and airy open-back dress is a dreamy choice for the jet-setting bridal party. Our favorite detail? The gentle cascading ruffles.

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Best for Dancing: Express High-Low Dress

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Classic with a hint of whimsy, this Express dress has a flouncy hem that makes every step—whether it’s walking down the aisle or hitting the dance floor—look so polished and elegant.

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Best Little Black Dress: BHLDN High-Low Crepe Dress

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We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: You can never go wrong with a little black dress! This flattering number is not only timeless but incredibly comfortable, too.

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For a Black-Tie Wedding: Alfred Sung Strapless Satin High Low Dress with Pockets

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For the traditional bride seeking a timeless silhouette, this high-low style from Alfred Sung is sure to please your classic aesthetic. We love this look in particular for a black-tie wedding.

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Most Unique: Ralph & Russo One-shoulder asymmetric silk-satin gown

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This Ralph & Russo makes a serious style statement. From the eye-catching draped paned that cascades down the back to the dramatic high-low hemline, there are so many things to love about this bold silhouette.

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For the Boho Bridal Party: LoveShackFancy High-Low Floral Dress

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This LoveShackFancy floral dress is an utterly romantic choice for the bohemian bride. We’re picturing it at a rustic countryside wedding, or outdoors in an enchanting garden setting.

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Most Feminine: David's Bridal Tall Crepe Satin Ruffle High-Low Bridesmaid Dress

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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.

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Best Color Options: Show Me Your Mumu Samantha Ruffle Wrap Dress

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This gorgeous dress from Show Me Your Mumu is equal parts classic and versatile. Even better? It comes in nine different colors to suit every bridal need.

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Most Flattering: Zimmermann Ruffled Silk-Satin Wrap Dress

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It doesn’t get more flattering and comfortable than a wrap dress. Plus, this high-low number can easily be worn again, long after the wedding weekend has come and gone. 

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For a Garden Wedding: Lulus Emerald Green Lace-Up High-Low Maxi Dress

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We can’t help but imagine this emerald green dress gracing the aisle of a garden or backyard wedding. This sweet style can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. 

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Most Versatile: Speechless Scalloped Crepe High-Low Spaghetti Strap Dress

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As stunning as it is versatile, this navy high-low dress could easily be worn for a number of dress codes or occasions. The scalloped bodice adds an element of whimsy to the simple silhouette. 

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Best Floral Print: Lulus Beige Floral Print Wrap Maxi Dress

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Floral print dresses are always a fitting choice for spring and summer weddings. A gentle high-low hemline, a flattering waist tie, and ruffle straps set this blossom-inspired number apart from the rest. 

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Most Whimsical: Lulus Lemon Print High-Low Midi Dress

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Channel Capri in this fun and whimsical lemon print dress. We love it for a destination wedding or a summer celebration. Pair with espadrilles for a completely effortless look.

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Best All-Over Lace: DB Studio Lace Spaghetti Strap Plunging High-Low Dress

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In all-over lace, this high-low dress from DB Studio feels instantly classic and quintessentially bridal. The delicate spaghetti straps and plunging neckline are perfect for highlighting the shoulders and décolletage.

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For the Fashion-Forward Bride: Atoir High-Low Dress

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Courtesy of Revolve

In an abstract floral print and featuring a one-shoulder neckline, belted waist, and dramatic high-low hem, this stunning silhouette is definitely for the fashion-forward bridal party.

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For a Beach Wedding: Caroline Constas High-Low Floral Dress

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Throwing a beach wedding? Caroline Constas’s ‘Malta’ gown is the perfect pick for seaside nuptials. Tailor the hem to hit just below the ankle to avoid dragging the skirt in the sand.

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Most Dramatic: Ieena for Mac Duggal High-Low Ruffle Gown

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Courtesy of Lord & Taylor

Avant-garde meets fairytale princess, this stunning gown is not for the faint of heart. We love it for the bridal party who isn’t afraid to make a jaw-dropping entrance.

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Best Metallic: Galvan Asymmetric Lurex Gown

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Simple yet striking, this metallic gown is a divine option for a formal wedding. This shimmering silhouette would also be right at home at a New Year’s Eve wedding. 

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For a Casual Wedding: Tiare Hawaii Floral High-Low Dress

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Opting for a more casual wedding? This laidback floral print dress from Tiare Hawaii should do the trick. It’s crafted from lightweight fabric for an easy, breezy fit.

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Most Simple: True Violet High-Low Green Dress

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Courtesy of ASOS

If you’re all about simple silhouettes with clean lines, this ASOS dress should definitely be on your radar. We love it with minimal jewelry and a fun pair of shoes, or for a look that feels classic with a twist.

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Most Fitted: Sachin & Babi V-Neck Puff-Sleeve High-Low Maxi Dress

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Striking and sexy, your bridal party will thank you for choosing this Sachin & Babi gown. The puff sleeves, fitted bodice, and flouncy hemline create a perfectly balanced and alluring silhouette. 

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Best for Petite: Chi Chi London Petite High Low Bandeau Midi Dress

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Calling all petite bridal party members! This lovely lavender dress was designed just for you, and features handy side pockets and a flattering bandeau neckline.

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Best Mermaid Silhouette: Azazie High-Low Dress

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Courtesy of Azazie

What do you get when you combine a mermaid silhouette with a high-low hemline? A seriously flattering gown. This Azazie number is ideal for any occasion and comes in over 60 different colors.

Shopping FAQs

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.
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