(Closed) Help with tea length dress…. Opinions on length please… Dress wobbles :(

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Do I need the length adjusting ????
    Yes it needs to be shorter : (41 votes)
    79 %
    No it's fine the way it is : (11 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    11290 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @Gemmstoned: I agree with you, I’d have a couple / few inches taken off. Looks lovely btw

    Post # 4
    1886 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Gorgeous dress!! I’d have it shortened by a few inches so that it falls just beneath the bottom of your knee, right where your calf curves out. 

    Like this:

    Post # 5
    3248 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @Gemmstoned:  I agree with PP, it needs to be shortened a couple inches to truly be “tea length.” It’s so pretty!

    Post # 8
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I really like it the way it is, but if you do take some length off, make sure it’s just a little. It shouldn’t be near your knees at all, but perhaps more mid-calf. Love it, what a great look!

    ETA: Seeing the additional photos, I see that your calves do show, so I think you’re good! Any shorter would just be your personal preference, but I think it’s very elegant as-is.

    Post # 10
    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I really like it too – but I would bring it up ever so slightly, 1 inch, maybe just a tad more, would be just right. 


    Post # 12
    2055 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Gemmstoned:  I adore tea-length dress/skirts…when done correctly. However, the problem with this silhouette is that if you’re shorter than 5’9″ (175cm), tea-length often hits at an awkward length on your leg, and dives right into ballerina length territory (NOT flattering on anyone), which makes you look shorter/stumpier.

    Awkward tea/ballerina lengths almost always end up looking like this to me:


    I think taking your dress up a couple more inches, so that it hits higher on your leg, is a perfect solution to any length concerns. As it is right now, the dress should hit the mid-calf in flats, but it’s too low (yours hits at your lower calf). So, the length is not very flattering. But a small hemming would nix the problem straight away. 


    I also want to emphasize only taking it up a couple more inches. The photo posted by PP above is too short, and hits too high to be tea-length (so it gives an entirely different aesthetic). This length allows a bit more of the leg to show, and thus eliminates any “mini leg” issues:

    Post # 14
    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    First off, it’s a beautiful dress and looks great on you :).  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the length it is now, but if you want it to be tea length, then it should be shortened a couple inches so it falls just below your knee.  If you’ve already had it shortened, or hemming it further isn’t in the budget (alterations are pricey!) then don’t sweat it.  

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