Tea dresses are great for shorter brides who may feel overwhelmed in a full-length dress, but also work well for taller brides who want to show off their legs. One of the best things about tea length dresses is that they're excellent for showing off gorgeous shoes! Any feminine look from thin high heels to peep toes or ballet flats are beautifully displayed by a tea length dress.
The original tea dress was a long, casual dress meant for wearing at home. As styles changed, the dress length became shorter, and tea dresses were worn outside of the home. Today, tea length is generally defined as hitting between the bottom of the knee and above the ankle. Longer dresses that do not reach the floor are known as ballet length or maxi length. Shorter dresses are known as minis. The tea length is still evolving and some of today's styles feature an uneven hem that gives the dress a more casual, less retro feel such as these examples from Oleg Cassini and Justin Alexander.
Most tea-length dresses though stick to a vintage feel such as this classic number from Amy Jo Tatum.
Still other tea length dresses combine a retro and modern feel such as this unique number from Eugenia.
If you're looking for a unique wedding dress, consider tea-length, there's a dress for you!
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