Skirts can be incorporated in to gowns or used as separates, hemilines of differing lengths can be used to create individual dresses, and even trains can be used to create a frock that will suit a bridesmaid regardles of her shape and size.
A pencil skirt will look beautiful and formal on the bridesmaids at a Civil Service if made in satin, and that exact same skirt will look just as beautiful in crepe for a beach wedding in the Caribbean - so make sure you check out our article entitled A Material World’ in ‘The Wedding Dress’ section for the options available.
As with most wedding dresses, floor/full length is the most popular length of bridesmaid dress, however unlike the wedding dress the vast majority do not have any sort of train. The most popular options for length of skirt are detailed below along with some information about the puddle train. For a couple of other options check out the articles in ‘The Wedding Dress’ section.
Remember, these are just the main options. You are only really limited by your imagination - if you really want your bridesmaids to differ from the norm, why not consider floaty trousers and bodices rather than traditional skirts or short knee length dresses for example.
Anyway, on with the list of skirts, hemlines and trains that are most commonly seen on Bridesmaids up and down the UK.
The line of the skirt comes out smoothly from your hips or the bottom of the bodice if this is different (e.g. dropped waist bodices). Your waist or the bottom of the bodice would be the horizontal line across the middle of the letter A. The skirt can then be left to fall naturally to the ground or can be supported by a net or hoped petticoat to emphasise the line and create a fuller skirt.