Gown length isn’t something a lot of people put too much thought into. You either want a long one or a short one, right? You may be surprised at house many choices you actually have! Now I know some of you are like, of course I do, but if you are one of the many who don’t know the difference between ballerina, hi-lo and a mini, you can read on for the explanation.
Ankle-length: The ankle-length gown is hemmed, and as the name says, it stops right at the ankles. Ankle-length gowns are great for a semi-formal option that can be either full or form fitting. Being both functional and on the formal end of things, the ankle-length gown in a popular choice.
Ballerina: As the name implies, the Ballerina features a full skirt (yes, like a tutu) that reaches just above the ankles. This style is super fun and flirty and would work fabulously for an outdoor wedding.
Floor-length: This length lends to a more formal look with the hem just barely touching the floor on all sides. This is a very popular length because it works so well with many different types of dresses.
Intermission: The hem on this length gown falls anywhere between the knee and the ankle. It is perfect for a semi-formal or more casual wedding. This is not a common length you will find in bridal shops.
Hi-Lo: A variation of the Intermission, the Hi-Lo features an Intermission hem on the front, and a floor length (or longer) hem in the back. Although you see this style mostly in bridesmaid dresses, there are now a few bridal gowns available in this length.
Knee-length: Another length mostly popular with bridesmaids’ dresses, it is a great option for the casual bride. This style of skirt ends just below the knee.
Tea-length: This has been gaining some popularity over the years, the tea-length gown is hemmed to end at the shin. It’s cute and conservative, but still very chic.
Miniskirt: This style is reserved the super sassy bride with a skirt that ends well above the knee. Not for the faint of heart wedding guests.