Tea length wedding dresses return

Jun 4, 2010 at 9:58 a.m. ET

With the revival of all things 1950s and 1960s tea length dresses have become popular again, for everyday wear, evening wear, and of course wedding dresses. The tea length wedding dresses are elegant and dramatic, but also simple, romantic and beautiful. Best of all, it's flattering on almost anyone.

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.

Oleg CassiniJustin Alexander

Most tea-length dresses though stick to a vintage feel such as this classic number from Amy Jo Tatum.

Amy Jo Tatum

Still other tea length dresses combine a retro and modern feel such as this unique number from Eugenia.


Many tea length dresses have a fresh, casual feel such as this look from David's Bridal but they can also be more formal such as this look from Justin Alexander.

David's BridalJustin Alexander.

If you're looking for a unique wedding dress, consider tea-length, there's a dress for you!

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