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Wedding dress skirt length glossary

Your Gown: Find the Best Length for You

Don't know what length you want your bridal gown to be? Here's the long and short if it.

Photo: Thayer Gowdy

Choosing your gown length may seem like a no-brainer. But unless you know the difference between ballerina tea-length and a mini, you better read on.

Ankle-length: We'll start you off with an easy one. The ankle-length gown is hemmed -- you guessed it -- right at the ankles. A nice semi-formal option that can be either full or form fitting.

Ballerina: Again, like the name implies, the Ballerina features a full skirt (think tutu) that reaches just above the ankles. Very fun and flirty -- great for an outdoor wedding.

Floor-length: The hem on this gown just barely touches the floor on all sides. A wonderful formal look that works well on both straight and full styles.

Intermission: This hem falls anywhere between the knee and the ankle. Perfect for a semi-formal or more casual affair -- and we just love saying the name!

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. A popular look for bridesmaids (and again, love that name thing!).

Knee-length: Another great look for maids or a casual bride, this style of skirt ends just below the knee.

Miniskirt: For the super sassy bride -- a skirt that ends well above the knee.

Tea-length: A gown hemmed to end at the shin, it's conservative, but chic.

-- Hollee Actman Becker

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