What dictates the length of the bridesmaid dress? It’s not the time of day or theme of the wedding, or the cost of the event… it is actually way more complicated than that.
Them most important thing to consider when selecting the gown is ….the fabric! Although the length is a contributing factor, think about how a long, cotton gown will not go nearly as well at a black tie evening event as a short, satin, embellished mini dress. A long, heavy satin gown will be overwhelming at a summer daytime event whereas a gauzy, chiffon gown might be freezing at a mid-winter reception.
As you are shopping (taking note of the fabric options available) you might want to follow some simple guidelines to help make your choice:
Long dresses – For a black tie wedding, long is almost always the best choice. These type of wedding are usually evening events where the dress code is formal. Long dresses are also appropriate for a black tie optional or semi formal event but, can be worn for any wedding any time of day if you prefer. Be careful, long dresses can be overwhelming for an outdoor wedding on a hot summer day…choose the right fabric!
Tea- length – The length designated as anything from mid-calf to the ankle can be worn for any type of event other than formal. Daytime, afternoon, evening, beach, tea length gowns can go anywhere and are the most versatile choice for bridesmaids, depending upon the fabric!
Short – Slightly above, below or right at the bend of the knee. If you don’t want the bridesmaids to wear pantyhose, make sure the weather is suited for bare legs or you will have some bridesmaids with goosebumps. The right short gown can be perfect for a semi-formal or even a formal event, and the wrong gown will look horribly out of place so, keep in mind that the fabric and style will make a huge difference.
The perfect fabric, length, color, and style will all add up to the right combination that works for your wedding.
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago