Your Basic Guide to Dress Lengths

There are many factors that go into a great dress. Color, fabric and pattern may come to mind. But you also have to consider other features, including length. For example, longer dresses are often preferred in cooler months. Shorter dresses are generally better for summer. Dress lengths can also convey different messages. For example, a shorter dress is often ideal to wear on a date, where as a long dress like a ball gown makes a more formal statement. Below is a brief guide to dress lengths.

Mini Dresses usually hang to about halfway down your thigh. It is typically known as a date night or “make a statement” sort of dress. You can wear it for your significant other or when out on the town with friends. Despite the generally sexy nature of a mini dress, you can find one in a subdued pattern and accessorize it appropriately for a more toned down appearance. A mini dress is an ideal choice when you want to accentuate the length of your legs.

Above the Knee Dresses can be a dress for casual or formal venues. In fact, it is becoming a popular choice for formal events, even among celebrities. It also allows you to show off your legs and attract a certain amount of attention, such as while out at a club. You can wear an above the knee dress at any time of day or night as well. Additionally, the length of an above the knee dress allows you to highlight your footwear easily. You can even make a bold statement by pairing it with boots or laced sandals.

Knee Length Dresses

A knee length dress should always be paired with heels. Otherwise you may look too short. It is typically a dress designed for daytime wear. It is ideal for professional settings or interviews. However, you can find a knee length dress that pushes the boundaries and is more casual, if that is what you desire. The neckline of your chosen dress and its silhouette can influence how professional or casual it looks. Try to choose a dress with some shape, whether A-line or hip-hugging, to avoid a boxy or short appearance.

Cocktail Dresses do not hang at a specific length. Instead, they have a length range. That range begins above the knee. Most cocktail dresses are no longer than just below the knee. However, there are longer dresses that are considered formal cocktail dresses. You can wear a cocktail dress with dressy looking flats or high heels. They are excellent for going out for drinks, as their name implies, or for attending parties.

Midi Dresses is almost ankle-length dress. Its hemline should be between your knee and ankle and may often come a bit closer to the ankle than to the knee. Midi-dresses come in many styles and shapes from form-fitting to flaring out at the bottom. However, they can have a universal tenancy to make your legs seem short. To make up for that, wear heels to add length and height. Midi dresses can be casual or dressy and can often be used for multiple occasions by changing accompanying shoes and accessories.

Maxi Dresses typically come approximately down to the tops of your shoes. The long length of a maxi dress lends itself well to winter wear when you pair it with a jacket. You can also hit the beach in a maxi dress in the summer. That versatility makes maxi dresses perfect to wear almost anywhere, including to work.

Floor Length Dresses


Floor length dresses are almost always formal. They are perfect wedding wear. You can also wear them at formal parties and black tie affairs. Floor length dresses include ball and evening gowns. They are best worn with accessories to accentuate them, such as jewelry. If you want to show off your shoes with floor length dresses, choose dresses with side slits.



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