Trend to Try: Tea-Length Dresses

Trend to Try: Tea Length Dresses(Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America)Remember when dresses came in just two lengths, short and long? Yeah, neither do we. In the era of mini, midi, maxi and high-low styles, it feels like hemlines are the new necklines. And the most fetching of these new statement lengths is, in our books, the tea-length dress. 

At once darling, demure and yet emphatically modern, these ankle-baring styles are a fresh alternative to the standard floor-length gown. Just check out Julianna Margulies, below, in a red strapless Ulyana Sergeenko number. It's the abbreviated hemline that gives the simple, A-line dress a fresh feel.

Trend to Try: Tea Length Dresses(Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)Ginnifer Goodwin also stepped out in a sweet tea-length frock this winter. Her voluminous white Delphine Manivet dress shows just the right amount of ankle. 

Trend to Try: Tea Length Dresses(Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)And we loved Maisie Williams' adorable laser-cut style by Self-Portrait, below. The cropped hemline gave her SAG Awards dress a young, current edge.

Trend to Try: Tea Length Dresses(Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America)Want to try a tea-length style for your next evening event? We think the below options are inspired choices for springtime weddings and other fancy affairs. Just be sure to keep the shoes delicate—a classic pointy-toe pump or minimalist heeled sandal is the way to go.

Trend to Try: Tea Length Dresses(Source: Macy's, Nordstrom, Daily Look)
Free People Freda Ballgown, $250, at Macy'sMyne Silk Midi Dress, $268, at NordstromBB Dakota Alva Lace Midi Dress, $130, at Daily Look