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Ball Gowns

A formal ball gown is a big investment for women who want to make an impression at a special occasion.

A variety of sleek silhouettes on a bias cut emphasize the trends of the season while ensuring your potential to make an impression. Ball gowns come in a few different styles, and this season is all about classic beauty that calls to mind the gorgeous delicacy of the nineteen-thirties and forties - finding ways to indulge our taste for the decadent amidst an economic recovery.

Bias cuts and sleek silhouettes give this season's trendiest ball gowns distinction. Evoking fluidity, movement, change, and hope, the cuts can be flirty or serious, but on the whole trend toward a classic appearance. Think of the great film icons and the current runway trends when selecting your ball gown, and remember that accessorizing is one of the most important ways in which you can show the world that this isn't just about the dress - it's about the occasion as well. Pick tasteful jewelery which compliments your attire and you're sure to make a lasting impression on everyone else in the room.

Couple your perfect dress with a signature shoe - this is where you can go a little wild, and if you happen to see the perfect heel on display before you find the dress don't be afraid of buying it - then finding a dress with the soul to match. Of course, you need to make sure you can dance in those shoes - what's the use of going to a ball in the perfect stilettos if all you do is stab your Prince Charming in the foot five minutes out?

There's nothing like good detail work to show the world the investment you've made in your ball gown, and while shimmery fabrics and well-designed tailoring can do the trick on a regular piece of clothing, when it comes to ball gowns every girl should be eager to pull out all the stops. This is the time to indulge in heavy beading, feathers, patterned lace, and formal elegance. These indulgent details will make you feel all the more elegant for having them, and you'll soon find that this elegance reflects itself in your bearing and manner while enjoying your ball.

A column-shaped gown will emphasize the beauty in those with fewer curves, while one of the new favorite shapes for the more flirtatious crowd is the cupcake dress. These playful ensembles let you show off how fun and playful you can be while still retaining the dignity of a formal occasion. Full skirts create a wide, sweeping path, perfect for the diva strutting her stuff in front of her friends (and frenemies - not that you have any!). If you have any doubt about whether a dress flatters your body or not, take a friend along to check them out and be sure to ask an impartial judge (like the tall, well-muscled cutie you passed at the record store and who just happened to turn up in the dress shop as well?) what he thinks of your latest find. You might be surprised at his opinion!

When trying out ball gowns, think of the music, the company, and the impression you want to create. Be the princess at the top of the staircase, flash your best papparazzi smile, hear the clicks and shutters of the page-six photographers as you walk down the red carpet to the front of the ballroom. Your ball gown should bring out the best in your personality and your sense of style while showing you off to your best potential - after all, a ball doesn't come along every weekend! (Or at least not for most of us!)

For drama, bring out sparkles and blunt reds, blues, and blacks, while lighter colors such as pink can create a softer look that will have everyone staring, no matter what part of the ball you grace with your presence. A ball gown is the ultimate definition of romance and possibility, and by considering the options open to you with plenty of time to weigh the benefits of each, you'll soon find that you've narrowed your choices to that perfect ball gown - the one that makes you feel as light as a feather and as delicate as any heroine of a bodice-ripping romance novel. Throw in a little modern sass and you've got a winning combination of personality, style, drama and star quality.

While most ball gowns are solid colors, texture comes into play here more than in any other category of styles. The feathers, sequins, and punky details are key in this year's most fashionable dresses, and while pinks and yellows are unusual, they can make for an eye-catching (and heart-stopping) introduction to the ballroom floor.

No matter what the specifics, the perfect ball gowns will always make the wearer feel comfortable, sexy, classy, and gorgeous, and in general it's important that these qualities are what draw you to the garment you decide on. Some say fashion requires sacrificing comfort, but if a ball gown is a good fit for your form, taste and personality it will also make something in your heart flutter with anticipation, and once that happens, you'll know you've been hooked by the perfect gown.

  • MNM Couture 9621
    MNM Couture 9621
    (30)

    Elegant Fairytale Illusion Evening Gown by MNM Couture 9621
    Available in 2 colors

    $640
  • Sherri Hill 50270
    Sherri Hill 50270
    (1)

    Shimmering Floral Sophistication Evening Dress by Sherri Hill 50270
    Color: Light Green

    $578
  • Faviana 7752
    Faviana 7752
    (6)

    Dreamy sleeveless evening gown with posh pleating by Faviana 7752
    Available in 6 colors

    $398
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE2907
    Saiid Kobeisy RE2907

    Embellished Elegance Evening Gown from SK by Saiid Kobeisy RE2907
    Color: Stone

    $1,860
  • Janique W1376
    Janique W1376
    (1)

    Strapless light and shadows gown with appliques by Janique W1376
    Color: Gray/Silver

    $768
  • Sherri Hill 50346
    Sherri Hill 50346

    Floral Applique Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50346
    Available in 5 colors

    $498
  • Sherri Hill 32359
    Sherri Hill 32359
    (1)

    Ravishing cap-sleeved gown with pleated skirt by Sherri Hill 32359
    Available in 2 colors

    $750
  • Johnathan Kayne 6034
    Johnathan Kayne 6034

    Hypnotic strapless striped ballgown from Johnathan Kayne 6034
    Available in 2 colors

    $380
  • Alyce 6671
    Alyce 6671

    Shimmering Floral Sophistication Evening Dress by Alyce Paris 6671
    Color: Black/Red

    $278
  • Lara 32826
    Lara 32826

    Flower Print Evening Gown by Lara 32826
    Color: Floral Multi Print

    $438
  • Brit Cameron 15328
    Brit Cameron 15328

    Fine Beaded Evening Gown by Brit Cameron 15328
    Color: Ice Mint

    $499
  • Tarik Ediz 92774
    Tarik Ediz 92774

    Lace and Floral Print Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92774
    Color: Print

    $1,060
  • Tony Bowls TB11608
    Tony Bowls TB11608
    (1)

    Lustrous off-the-shoulder gown with overskirt by Tony Bowls TB11608
    Available in 4 colors

    $649
  • Ashley Lauren 1139
    Ashley Lauren 1139

    Statuesque off-the-shoulder gown with flowing skirt by Ashley Lauren 1139
    Available in 7 colors

    $840
  • Lucci Lu 3017
    Lucci Lu 3017

    Floral-detailed sleeveless gown with ruffled skirt by Lucci Lu 3017
    Available in 3 colors

    $436
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE2916
    Saiid Kobeisy RE2916

    Magnificent Shimmer Evening Gown from SK by Saiid Kobeisy RE2916
    Available in 3 colors

    $1,710
  • Mac Duggal 65371H
    Mac Duggal 65371H

    Rich Applique Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Ball Gowns 65371H
    Color: Red/Nude

    $538
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE2912
    Saiid Kobeisy RE2912

    Majestic Shimmer Evening Gown from SK by Saiid Kobeisy RE2912
    Color: Apricot

    $1,860
  • Sherri Hill 50599
    Sherri Hill 50599

    Two-Piece Lace and Floral Print Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50599
    Color: Black/Multi

    $598
  • Sherri Hill 50229
    Sherri Hill 50229

    Festive Gemstone Goddess Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50229
    Available in 6 colors

    $598
  • Tarik Ediz 92746
    Tarik Ediz 92746

    Long-Sleeved Lace Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92746
    Available in 2 colors

    $1,152
  • Alyce 6672
    Alyce 6672

    Special Sweetheart Floral Evening Dress by Alyce Paris 6672
    Color: Black/Red

    $238
  • Angela and Alison 51058
    Angela and Alison 51058

    A strapless, sweetheart gown decorated with fringed flowers by Angela and Alison 51058
    Color: Baby Blue

    $748
  • Brit Cameron 16344
    Brit Cameron 16344

    Fluttering embellished appliqued gown from Brit Cameron 16344
    Color: French Blue/Nude

    $399
  • MGNY 71336
    MGNY 71336

    Lace Evening Gown by MGNY 71336
    Available in 3 colors

    $528
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE2905
    Saiid Kobeisy RE2905

    Patterned Decadence Evening Gown from SK by Saiid Kobeisy RE2905
    Available in 2 colors

    $2,160
  • Sherri Hill 50714
    Sherri Hill 50714

    Rosette Glimmer Timeless Evening Dress by Sherri Hill 50714
    Color: Black/Red

    $498
  • Sherri Hill 32301
    Sherri Hill 32301

    Dazzling sleeveless gown with feathered skirt by Sherri Hill 32301
    Color: Ivory

    $2,900
  • Johnathan Kayne 5010
    Johnathan Kayne 5010

    Plush contrasting long-sleeve ballgown from Johnathan Kayne 5010
    Available in 2 colors

    $570
  • Envious Couture 16115
    Envious Couture 16115

    Dazzling Drama Geometric Ball Gown by Envious Couture 16115
    Color: Burgundy/Nude

    $688
  • Terani 1622E1551
    Terani 1622E1551

    Chic Evening Gown by Terani 1622E1551
    Available in 2 colors

    $495
  • Sherri Hill 50562
    Sherri Hill 50562

    Sparkling Beaded Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50562
    Available in 4 colors

    $698
  • Sherri Hill 50233
    Sherri Hill 50233

    Regal Dreams Plunging Evening Dress by Sherri Hill 50233
    Available in 5 colors

    $550
  • Angela and Alison 61017
    Angela and Alison 61017

    Beaded Radiance Layered Evening Dress by Angela and Alison 61017
    Available in 4 colors

    $619
  • Coya Collection CL1534
    Coya Collection CL1534

    Fascinating Shimmer Sweetheart Evening Gown by Coya Collection CL1534
    Available in 2 colors

    $329
  • Nina Canacci 1241
    Nina Canacci 1241

    Mellifluous sleeveless gown with airy flutters by Nina Canacci 1241
    Available in 2 colors

    $298
  • Mon Cheri 216980
    Mon Cheri 216980

    Off-the-Shoulder Sheer and Beaded Evening Gown by Mon Cheri Montage 216980
    Available in 2 colors

    $518
  • Morrell Maxie 15342
    Morrell Maxie 15342

    Classic sleeveless evening gown with pleats by Morrell Maxie 15342
    Color: Black

    $398
  • Tarik Ediz 92820
    Tarik Ediz 92820

    Strapless Glittering Sequins Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92820
    Available in 2 colors

    $1,678
  • MGNY 71422
    MGNY 71422

    Shining Detail Evening Gown by MGNY 71422
    Available in 3 colors

    $538

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