You go to great lengths for a special occasion dress whether it's a wedding gown or a Prom dress. So stick with a hemline that not only suits the special occasion but also flatters your figure and height!
Figure Flattering Tips:
- Circular skirts: are grand and make a dramatic entrance. Plus they always flatter a full figure. Starburst, our best-selling evening dress ever, features a circular skirt.
- Bouffant: Dreamy! A very full skirt ideal for a ball, Prom or Quinceanera. Hides heavy hips.
- Floor length: formal dresses vary from just under one inch from the floor to just over one inch from the floor.
- Full skirts: simple styles, without any fussy details, slim heavy hips
- Handkerchief hem skirt: fun, flirty and a bit sassy. Great for any after 5 event. Fabulous for dancing. Avoid a hanky hem skirt if you’re 5’2” or under. It will pull the eye down and make you look shorter. This style is best worn if you have long legs.
- Tea-length: ideal choice for cocktail dress, Homecoming Dress, informal wedding gown or dress and wedding guest. Always elegant and classy choice.
- Trumpet: sound the warning. This curvy-hugging style is sexy but consider it is not the easiest style to sit, kneel or dance in.
Dress Skirts Defined:
- Ball gown: full skirt often with fitted bodice and layered tulle
- Ballerina: full skirt just skims the ankle.
- Bouffant: puffed out skirt
- Bustle: fabric gathers in the back adding fullness
- Circular: Hemline forms a circle - like a hoop.
- Floor-length: floor length formal dresses vary from just under one inch from the floor to just over one inch from the floor. Despite the name this skirt stops short of the floor so the hemline hits about the toe of your shoes or the top of your foot.
- Full: pouf skirt not as full as a bouffant skirt but still poufs. Note, the fuller the skirt the fancier your dress.
- Mermaid: slim fitting style flares out from about the knee level
- Handkerchief: pretty panels at bottom of the skirt end in points that give this hemline its name.
- Street: common, popular skirt length, typically just at or just below the knee.
- Tea-length: falls just above ankles or reaches mid-calf. Image of crystal dress
- Trumpet: narrow skirt fits closely at the hips then flares from just below the knee.