What is Tea-Length?

Seriously, what does that mean? Recently a bridesmaid-to-be brought her dress over for me to see and told me that she was required to have it hemmed to “tea-length” but she wasn’t exactly sure what that meant. After some debating and interwebs searching we found that a tea-length hem can fall below the knee or 2 or 3 inches below the knee. According to bridesmaid dress websites, any dress from below the knee to above the ankle counts as tea-length. This is all kind of vague and if you have a picky bride this can be nerve-wracking too.

So, if you are asked to hem a dress to tea-length by a bride you should ask her exactly what she is looking for and hope that she lets you choose the best length for your legs. Caution: Tea-length can sometimes fall at a very unflattering part of your calf making your legs look stubby and chunky (believe me). I advised this bridesmaid to hint that she would prefer the 2 inch below the knee and hope that the bride would take the hint or believe it was what she intended the whole time.

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2 comments on “What is Tea-Length?

  1. Lorelei says:

    I think you are supposed to ask the bride how far from the ground the hem should be, so that all the dresses look the same length on everyone. You know, to make sure the wedding pictures are “perfect”

  2. Elise says:

    I was the bridesmaid with the “problem”. The dress is really pretty, but the bride said “tea length”. Then she said “just below the knee”. Which (with Jamie’s help) we discovered was NOT tea length. In order to save money on alteration costs, I opted to leave it. Currently, it’s about 4 inchs below the knee. Could be better, but saving myself the extra $20 takes priority.

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