For many of us, the term 'high-low hemline' can evoke memories of aughts-era fashion when of-that-time style stars like Mischa Barton and Paris Hilton thrust the silhouette center stage. Unsurprisingly, this dress detail dates back further than the 2000s, with 19th-century evening gowns featuring a waterfall hem being en vogue. Fast forward to now and the look has evolved into an even more appealing detail.
A high-low hemline not only adds an element of surprise, but it also flatters your legs.
Naturally, a high-low hemline translates beautifully to a wedding dress, and designers across the gamut continue to interpret this detail with creative approaches. On the more traditional side, you'll find gowns with strapless necklines, classic satin texture, and a subtle high-low hemline tucked within delicate pleating. On the more daring side, look out for bridalwear that brings in bold elements to highlight the hem, including tassels, feathers, and lace. Ipso facto, a high-low hemline is not reserved for one single aesthetic—it takes on many forms.
Ahead, get the download on the latest offerings for the high-low bridal hemline from favorites like Oscar de la Renta, Galvan, Monique Lhuillier, and more.
Halfpenny London Jackson Dress
If you're into strapless sweetheart neckline dresses, this one sets the stage for this striking high-low gown. The structured bodice flares to a full skirt and cascades into a subtly higher hem in the front. A perfect pick for the classic bride.
Price at time of publish: $1,860
Danielle Frankel Avery Dress
Designer Danielle Frankel is known for her daring designs, which is why we were especially excited to see her take on high-low. This handkerchief silk wool halter dress doesn’t disappoint. The lace trim details and tulle skirt create volume and an air of modern romance.
Price at time of publish: $2,990
Significant Other Agnes Dress
For something sleek and simple, one-shoulder wedding dresses are a great option. This one features a flattering high low tulip hemline. What’s not to love?
Pnina Tornai High Neck Long Sleeve Lace Ball Gown
You’ll feel ever the part of royalty in this lace high-low ball gown. Featuring a sheer bodice and elegant long sleeves, it all comes together for a truly ‘wow’ effect.
Speechless Scalloped V-Neck Dress with High Low Hem
If you’re a die hard minimalist, consider a simple high-low dress featuring scalloped edges. This dress would look beautiful with soft waves and low-heel sandals.
Oscar de la Renta Strapless Wedding Dress
Leave it to ODLR to reimagine the high-low hemline in a remarkably artistic way. This textural gown speaks to several bridal aesthetics while still feeling distinct and unique.
Temperley London Lydie Dress
An uncomplicated gown that’s sure to drape beautifully, go for this timeless high-low wedding dress. The flutter sleeves and flattering V-neck detail is a winning combination.
Galia Lahav Ellie Dress
If you don’t do traditional, then take the leap and make this stunning high-low dress your choice. The detachable pleated skirt nestles beneath a gorgeous pearl-encrusted belt that all give off major modern bride vibes.
Ella & Oak Katie Gown
The lace overlay on top adds depth to this simple-yet-statement gown. A ruffled high-low hemline adds drama without feeling over-the-top. In other words, it’s a smart pick.
David’s Bridal Strapless High Low Lace Wedding Dress
For the bride who waxes poetic about vintage, this off-white lace dress is for you. All you need to finish is a pair of cool heels and earrings.
Amsale Calvin Dress
The kind of dress we see Charlotte York wearing, this classic high-low gown exudes timelessness.
A sporty neckline combined with a subtle high-low hemline makes this minimalist wedding dress an easy pick. Just add a soft lipstick and simple sandals.
Viktor & Rolf Flow Volant Gown
This regal sheath gown features an oh-so-subtle waterfall hemline and includes everyone’s favorite design detail: pockets. Cut from a flattering crepe and including a self-tie bow, there’s zero chance you’ll feel anything but amazing on your wedding day.
Jenny Packham Faye Dress
It’s highly probable that more feathers at a wedding make it more fun, right? If you love feather wedding dresses, then you'd love this playful gown-it is ethereal and exciting, all at once.
Monique Lhuillier Baldwin Dress
If you’re searching for a gown that’ll make everyone’s jaw drop (in the good way)—this is probably the one.
Viktor & Rolf Volant Flower High-Low
From the fashion house's Fall 2021 bridal collection, this strapless number is bound to be a showstopper down the aisle. We can't get enough of the ultra high-low hem paired with the handcrafted organza floral skirt.
Galvan Cuzco Bridal Dress
This tassel-embellished gown from Galvan is a fun pick for your big day. The fluidity of the fabric is perfect for walking down the aisle and the dance floor, as is the high-low hemline.
Acler Cookes High-Low Dress
For an outdoor garden ceremony, consider this feminine lace gown as your choice. The subtle high-low hemline is perfect for gliding down the aisle and the overall vibe reads romantic and bohemian.
BCBG MAXAZRIA Eve Dress
Here, a bold high-low hem is softened by gentle ruffle detailing. Plus, the deep V-neckline makes the look fairly fashion-forward—and suitable for the altar or the reception!