Tea length dresses

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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3959 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MittenZ:     I think it comes with the territory – tea length bridal dresses tend to have full skirts and I think they make nearly everyone look squat!!  

 

Have you looked into bridesmaids dresses?  Some of those are tea length but without full skirts – I have seen quite a few that are very elegant and could easily be worn by the bride.  🙂

 

Post # 6
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1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think David’s Bridal has some lovely tea-length dresses, and I believe I’ve seen a few on the Nordstrom website. 

Maybe you could try a few on first to see how you like them? I’ve always been under the impression that tea length isn’t the best choice for us short girls – unless of course you want to buy a tea-length dress intended for a tall person and wear it as a long one yourself with no extra alterations 🙂

Post # 8
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564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

@MittenZ:  

I have a huge crush on tea length dresses. Especailly those with fuller skirts.

Check out BHLDN and Dolly Couture they have some really pretty ones.

Post # 9
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1164 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@MittenZ:  A long gown will generally make you look taller/longer because the eye travels the whole length of the dress. Obviously detailing like adding a belt, or an empire waist, etc. will break the dress up and stop the eye which could lead to you appearing shorter. But a tea length dress cuts your legs at a weird place and can definitely make you appear shorter. But I wouldn’t worry about how tall you look. I’d go try on some dresses in both lengths to see what you feel looks best on you.

Post # 10
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1242 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

@MittenZ:  As a shorty (five foot!) long dresses tend to make me look shorter. Tea length dress work if it’s cut either right above the knee, or RIGHT at the knee (where your calf dips in to your knee).

As far as inexpensive, I’m a fan of alfrad sung dresses but DB also has.

Post # 11
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1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I am short and I considered it as well and decided against it. There are some retailers online that make dresses in china, but it can take about 6 weeks I think for them to arrive. (I am blanking on the name, I’m sorry hun!). Check out what you can find online. It would make up for the cost of tayloring in the USA and make the dress much more reasonable.

I actually did buy a short party type dress originally, and decided in order to feel really bridal, I needed a longer dress. So I found something longer. I am glad I made the switch.

IF you really insist on tea length, there was a dress I was considering at uniquevintage.com

But I really have to stress that longer just has a different feel to it, and really made me feel like a bride.

Post # 12
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1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m 5’0″ and about 115 lbs. I wore a tea length dress with 3 (i think) inch heels. I loved my dress, and got lots of compliments that it was the perfect cut for my stature because it didn’t make me look to squat. I tried on floor length and I looked awful in them. The tailoring didn’t cost too much. And my dress was $150 (on sale) from David’s Bridal.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love tea lengh and tried some on at David’s Bridal.  At 5 feet zip and size 12 they were still too long and the alterations length wise would be the same.  Plus looking back I kind of looked very young in tea length- like prom young and it wasn’t cute IMO (there are less formal fitted tea length dresses that look less prom) alterations for the tea or long dress were the same per DB.

As PP have mentioned the longer dresses make you look taller and slimmer too.   Try some on at DB, I loved this one and a fellow bee who (I think is short) has pics in it

http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Tulle-Embellished-Tea-Length-Gown-CPK437_Bridal-Gowns-Shop-By-Silhouette-Short

Post # 14
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132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@MittenZ:  Let me tell you from experience… Tea length makes you look shorter if you are already short. I’m 5 foot even, and I looked like an extra from “The Wizard of Oz”…. And I was wearing 6 inch heels. You gotta go try on dresses to see what looks good with your body type. GOOD LUCK!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have a girlfriend getting married soon, and she also chose a tea length.  She is jsut under 5ft, and swears that she feels “squatty”too, lol.  I say go for it! She looks perfect in hers and I am sure you will too!!!

Post # 16
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Tea Length Wedding Gowns can be GORGEOUS…

But IMO, they have a far more limited audience / application than a long Wedding Dress.

First they don’t look good on all body types… or in all venues.

They can and do make many women look short and squat (or more percisely a SQUARE CUBE shape)

They can however been AMAZING on a thin-ish woman of mid-height and for a casual Wedding like a Garden type / Park Setting !!

I think personally they are ideal in that type of setting, or one where the Bride wants to evoke a Vintage theme… Late 1940s thruu to Early 1960s

GOOGLE IMAGES – Tea Length Wedding Dresses = https://www.google.ca/search?q=tea+length+wedding+dresses&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=gaC_UsnOF6GwygGnkoDACw&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=589

@taraelisabeth:  said it best when it comes to long gowns…

A long gown will generally make you look taller/longer because the eye travels the whole length of the dress. Obviously detailing like adding a belt, or an empire waist, etc. will break the dress up and stop the eye which could lead to you appearing shorter. But a tea length dress cuts your legs at a weird place and can definitely make you appear shorter. But I wouldn’t worry about how tall you look. I’d go try on some dresses in both lengths to see what you feel looks best on you.

It is like just about everything else when it comes to planning a Wedding… it is all in the details, and WHY you have to go try stuff on / see them in person…

Be it looking for an ERing, Dress, Shoes, Venue, Flowers, Cake or Food… the more informed you are (see, try on, taste etc) the more you can work with what is before you and determine what does / doesn’t work for you

Hope this helps,


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