(Closed) How short is too short for a bridesmaid dress?

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think that above midthigh is too high for a dress on almost anyone.

Post # 5
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Exactly!  But I think that there can be very cute dresses that are just lower than midthigh but you have to be careful with body types because that makes some people look strange in proportions.  You can definetly get away with shorter dresses for summer weddings and day/afternoon weddings.  Later ones usually call for knee length or lower.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I think that it totally depends on the person! I have a long torso and short legs, so everything looks utterly too short on me. 🙁

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think that just-above knee-length is appropriate, but not much higher than that.  Maybe 2 inches?  (It obviously depends on the legs in question, which is why I’m hedging on a number.)

Post # 9
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188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

As long as it doesn’t look trashy! I have short stubby legs and shorter dresses look really bad/trashy on me – but my sister in law has long thin legs and short dresses look really elegant on her. It just depends on the person. Also, it depends upon if it is an outdoor ceremony or a more formal church/synagogue wedding. I think in a place of religious worship, a at the knee or below the knee dress is most appropriate. 

Post # 10
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1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

One of my sisters (my Maid/Matron of Honor who is also my twin) is wearing this. She looks adorable in it. It’s short,  but we’re only 5’1 ( ahem, i am almost 5’2)  so it doesn’t look dangerous or anything.

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Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wouldn’t go much shorter than just above the knee. I see a lot of styles lately that are mid-thigh or higher and, um, no. Unless your BMs have SJP legs that’s just cruel.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think it depends on the location and formality of the setting. I saw pics from a destination wedding and the BMs wore mini-dresses and were really cute. It worked because they were on tbe beach and the dresses were short but not sleezy. But, I could see the same dress being very inappropriate for a church wedding.

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My possibly ridiculous standard is the one from my old school code… dress must be to my finger tips.. that’s still mid thigh, but is pretty much guaranteed to cover my butt adequately.

I always look at the model’s hands when I online shop, which may be kind of weird but it works for me!   So, that red dress is super cute, and I would want to try it on to check, since it seems a littttlllle short. But man I love that rose detail!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Just wanted to pipe up and say again: it depends on the girls!! I am knock-kneed (when my knees touch, my feet do not), and so anything that is higher than the knee makes my legs look HORRIBLE. Please ask your girls before going above knee-high 🙂

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