Love the drama of a floor-sweeping gown, but want the fun and flirty vibes of a shorter hemline? Let us introduce you to high low wedding dresses! We’ve been seeing these gowns everywhere lately, and it’s impossible not to fall in love with the trendy design. After all, who doesn’t want the chance to show off their killer heels on the big day?!
While a high low hemline may conjure up images of Y2K fashion, it’s a comeback that we can get behind — especially when it comes to wedding gowns. Not only are high low wedding dresses playful and unexpected, but they’re also much easier to walk (and dance) in than their ball gown counterparts. Say no more!
So if you’re looking for the best of both worlds on your big day, keep scrolling for our favorite high low wedding dresses in every style — plus a few styling tips for your walk down the aisle!
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What is a high low wedding dress?
A high low wedding dress is a gown with a shorter hemline in the front and a long sweeping skirt or train in the back. They’re the perfect style if you want to flaunt a little leg on the big day, while still channeling that traditional bridal look.
And as a rising trend, high low wedding dresses come in many different styles and lengths. You can go as traditional or as unconventional as you’d like — we’ve even found some gorgeous options for your reception or after-party!
Another benefit of high low wedding dresses? They won’t get in the way as you float down the aisle or show off your moves on the dance floor. So feel free to twirl, sway, and spin to your heart’s content!
How to Style a High Low Wedding Dress
With such a playful design, high low wedding dresses are SO fun to style — the sky is truly the limit! And perhaps the best part of accessorizing a high low gown is choosing which wedding shoes to put in the spotlight.
Style your high low wedding dress with heels that are made for showing off, like a designer pair of Jimmy Choo’s or some whimsical textured sandals. Wedding boots also make a rad statement with a high low gown, especially if you’re planning a chic western ceremony or a non-traditional elopement.
Our Favorite Retailers for High Low Wedding Dresses
While high low wedding dresses may be less traditional than traditional floor-sweeping gowns, you can still find plenty of eye-catching options — as long as you know where to look. Here are our top 3 favorite retailers to find your perfect style!
- Net-a-Porter: It’s hard to beat a gorgeous designer gown, and that’s where Net-a-Porter comes in. This is where you can find stunning high low wedding dresses from some of the top bridal designers, including Danielle Frankel and Retrofête. Perfect for trend-setters who don’t want to rock the same old cookie-cutter ball gown!
- Revolve: If you’re looking for more budget-friendly options, Revolve stocks beautiful designer wedding dresses that won’t break the bank. We’re big fans of their Bronx and Banco and Katie May collections (which both feature show-stopping high low gowns!). Plus, Revolve also has amazing designer heels and fun accessories to complete your fashion-forward look.
- Etsy: Always dreamed about wearing a custom gown on the big day? That’s where Etsy comes in! They have dozens of independent designers and small businesses who will bring your dream high low wedding dress to life. For one-of-a-kind gowns that you won’t find anywhere else, it doesn’t get better than Etsy.
Ready to find your wedding dress soulmate? Below, we’ve rounded up the best high low wedding dresses for every style, from elegant charmeuse gowns to statement designer pieces. Let’s get into it!
This dreamy high low wedding dress has transported us straight to cloud 9. It wows with floaty tulle sleeves and twinkling beaded embellishments, and that sheer skirt adds the perfect ethereal touch.
And the best part? The floor-skimming portion of this dress is actually removable, so you’re getting two looks in one whimsical gown! Wear the train for a jaw-dropping ceremony look, then remove it to reveal a party-ready mini dress for the reception.
Bring the romance with this fluttery high low wedding dress! With a flirty ruffle hemline and short flutter sleeves, it’ll add the prettiest flounce to your walk — whether you’re wearing it down the aisle or rocking it to your rehearsal dinner.
A designer gown that makes a statement? Check and check. This high low wedding dress (designed by Carolina Herrera) will give you a runway-worthy look for your walk down the red carpet — we mean the aisle!
From the luxurious silk-faille fabric to the billowing ruffle hemline, this gown is made for standing out. Add to the drama by styling it with a pair of sky-high platform heels. Can you say legs for days?!
Complete your wedding day look with the help of our ultimate guide to wedding shoes! Because you want a pair that’s worthy of showing off.
Turn heads with this sexy high low wedding dress! Complete with a plunging strapless neckline and an oh-so mini hemline, it’s guaranteed to have jaws on the floor. And how cute are those textured polka dots on the fabric? They add the sweetest touch this sultry high low look.
Calling all warm weather brides! This intricate high low wedding dress has us dreaming of romantic outdoor ceremonies in the sunshine. Not only does the flirty hemline add a sweet design element to the gown, but it also makes it more breathable for sunny celebrations!
Bonus: the corset bodice of this size inclusive dress is designed to give you extra support — no bra required! That’s a win for style AND comfort.
Timeless meets trendy with this chic high low wedding dress. If you love the look of a traditional white ball gown but want a little somethin’ somethin’ to make it stand out from the crowd, this is the dress for you. It’s elegant, sophisticated, and just a little bit fun.
All that’s missing are some equally timeless + chic pearlcore earrings to tie the look together!
The DRAMA! With this eye-catching high low wedding dress, there’s no doubt you’re the main character. It features tiers of fluffy sheer tulle, embellished with dazzling iridescent embellishments. Perfect if you subscribe to the “more is more” mentality.
While this statement gown would stun for a larger wedding, we’re also digging it for a smaller celebration, too. If you want to add some drama to a fashion-forward elopement or chic courthouse ceremony, look no further!
Another stunning designer pick, this high low wedding dress adds a romantic vintage twist to the bold modern style. With a delicate lacy trim and the glossiest charmeuse fabric, it captures your “something old” and your “something new” in one gorgeous dress!
And just wait until you see the alluring open back — your S.O. isn’t ready!
Aptly named the “Fairytale Gown,” this high low wedding dress looks like something out of a romance novel. We can’t think of anything more fitting for your happily ever after — from the vintage rose print to the floaty bubble hemline, it’s pure magic.
And if you’re looking for something a little more traditional for the big day, Selkie also makes a gorgeous white high low gown that would stun for your romantic “I do’s”.
If sparkles aren’t your style, this high low wedding dress will give you an elegant and understated look that’s anything but boring. We love the open v-neck, the flowing skirt, and the sweet (and optional) bow tie detail in the back. Oh, and did we mention the pockets?!
Plus, this charmeuse gown is custom fitted to your exact measurements — perfect if you’ve always dreamed about wearing a custom, handmade gown on the big day!
Don’t just walk down the aisle — float down it! Featuring swaths of airy chiffon and a playful ruffle hemline, this designer high low wedding dress will give you the dreamiest movement on the big day. It’s perfect for a whimsical warm weather wedding or a free-spirited oceanside affair.
Ensure all eyes are on you with this sexy high low wedding dress. With a lingerie-inspired corset and a sheer statement skirt, this gown is not for the faint of heart…but that’s what we love about it!
Wear it for a rock ‘n roll Vegas wedding or a sultry after-party look, styled with these sparkly heels.
Where do we even begin?! This gorgeous high low wedding dress has a little bit of everything, from the romantic flower motif to the silky silhouette to the dainty spaghetti straps.
But the real star of the show has to be that flouncy high low hemline — it’s fun, it’s flirty, and it’s SO fashion-forward!
Just picture this playful gown fluttering across the dance floor. Swoon!
The reviews don’t lie — this high low wedding dress is a show-stopper! That blossoming mesh skirt is just begging to be worn at a dreamy garden venue or a romantic backyard wedding.
And paired with the sexy satin bodice, it’ll earn you major ooohs and ahhhs as you make your grand entrance.
But don’t just take our word for it. The reviews are full of happy brides who call this gorgeous gown “unforgettable,” “timeless,” and perfect for dancing. Say less!
When one ruffle just isn’t enough, this high low wedding dress delivers. It’s made with layers of organza ruffles, which cascade down into a dreamy high low hemline. Finished with a sweet off-the-shoulder neckline and flirty flutter sleeves, it’s the ultimate mix of feminine and fun.
Bohemian, whimsical, enchanting, one-of-a-kind…if we’re describing your dream bridal style right now, then this high low wedding dress is calling your name!
We’re absolutely smitten with the flowy high low skirt, which is made up of layers of pastel chiffon fabric. Inspired by rose petals, it’s a romantic design perfect for your “I do’s”.
Plus, this gown is actually two parts, so you can mix and match the skirt with any top for a totally custom look!
When it comes to statement gowns that bring the party, in Bronx and Banco we trust. They have the best styles for fashion-forward babes who want to have a little fun with their wedding day look, and this high low dress is no exception.
Turns Heads on Your Wedding Day With Our Best Style Guides
So you’ve found your dream wedding dress — that’s only step one! To help you create an entire wedding day look that’s guaranteed to turn heads, here are a few of our favorite styling guides:
First, no gown is complete without a killer pair of kicks to match, and we created the ultimate wedding shoes guide to help narrow it down. Whether you’re looking for heels or flats, these are the best retailers for the job.
How are you styling your wedding dress? Drop your fashion + beauty advice in the comments below!