We’re deeply dippy about the new season’s crop of hi-lo gowns, perfect for showing off your heels and sashaying down that aisle, and versatile enough for everything from a formal ball to a beach wedding
The new season’s crop of hi-lo gowns offer plenty of scope for creating the look you want – whether it’s a classic ballgown with a twist or a chic mini dressed up so that it offers more swish down the aisle. We love the rich mix of materials designers are using to make these hi-lo gowns work, with floaty materials and rich, luxurious textures adding style and glamour.
Hi-lo gowns aren’t for every bride or style of wedding, but they can be a great option for a relaxed beach or destination celebration, for a chic register office ceremony or a cocktail-style affair – ensuring you still feel like a bride without being overdressed for the occasion.
And, of course, they can be a star option at any style of wedding for more petite brides who don’t want to feel swamped by yards of fabric. Revealing your legs, or even a hint of heel, can have a miraculous effect in making you feel that you are wearing the dress, and not the other way around. Better still, you get the opportunity to show off a pair of showstopping wedding heels and that will definitely add glamour to the occasion.
Sassi Holford – ballgown beauty
Ester is a lovely ballgown style with flattering v-neckline, fitted bodice and full skirt that skims the ankles at the front and forms an elegant train behind. sassiholford.com
Temperley London – tea-gown chic
With plunge neck, bejewelled cummerbund-effect waistband and a delicate frill effect, this split front Lydie gown is perfect for rocking the dancefloor. temperleylondon.com
Katya Katya London – two-piece glamour
Tamara consists of a neatly fitted lace floral top with scalloped sleeves paired to a beautifully cut silk skirt with wide waistband. katyakatya.co.uk
Savin London – mini marvel
Perfect for a beach wedding, this fabulous mini length is topped with a textured over-layer and defined by a slim gold belt. savinlondon.com
Ellis Bridals – romantic bride
This lovely soft blush gown by Ellis Bridals has classic romantic credentials with a flattering neckline, scattering of crystals on the bodice and a frothy skirt. The elegant tapered hemline ensures a grand entrance. ellisbridals.co.uk
Enzoani – lavish lace
Letty is a lavish Chantilly lace and tulle strapless gown with scalloped hem and a dramatic sweeping train. It’s the perfect number to rock that dance floor in a pair of glamour heels. enzoani.com
Justin Alexander – chic city bride
With a lavish lace bodice, this sophisticated and form-fitting Justin Alexander gown features a flattering frill front that falls in folds to create an elegant train. justinalexander.com
Halfpenny London – Cocktail elegance
This swish Italian cocktail skirt with tie waist is paired here with an embellished RAF jacket, but also looks great with a simple silk cami. This would be the perfect option for a chic day-to-evening wedding halfpennylondon.com