Choose the perfect shoes to reduce a tripping hazard.

How to Not Trip in a Floor-Length Dress

by Angela Tague

Long, flowing maxi dresses dominate a busy mom's wardrobe. Floor-length dresses are comfortable, quick to put on, don't require much styling and make you look put together even after a long night up with the baby. But what about the length? If you're new to this fashion, be warned of the potential tripping hazard. If the floor-length dress doesn't fit perfectly, you might find yourself stumbling a bit. Thankfully, this is easy to fix with some carefully chosen accessories and basic sewing.

Slip the floor-length dress on. Put on the pair of shoes you want to wear with the dress.

Walk across the room to test the length. If your shoes get caught on the fabric, change to a pair of height-boosting heels. Choose kitten heels for a slight 1- to 2-inch lift. Try 3-inch wedge sandals for more height and stability.

Practice walking in the new shoes. If accessorizing with taller kicks doesn't do the trick, it's time to sew.

Use a tape measure to determine how much fabric to hem. To remain floor-length, measure how far the fabric flows past the skin just above the bottom of your heel.

Fold the fabric to the inside of the dress and create a new hemline using a sewing needle and thread or a sewing machine. If you can't sew, use duct tape as a temporary fix.

Try on the hemmed dress with the shoes you wish to wear. Flats will keep the dress floor-length, while heels elevate the hemline off the floor a few inches.

Items you will need

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine, optional
  • Duct tape, optional
  • Scissors


  • If you don't sew, ask a tailor at a bridal shop or seamstress at a dry cleaner for a quote on hemming the dress.

About the Author

Angela Tague writes marketing content and journalistic pieces for major brands including Bounty, The Nest, Lowe's Home Improvement and Hidden Valley. She also provides feature content to newspapers and writes health and beauty blogs for Daily Glow, Everyday Health and Walgreens. Tague graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications in 1999.

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