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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.

  • Mac Duggal 25279I
    Mac Duggal 25279I
    (1)

    Strapless Surprise Evening Dress by Ieena for Mac Duggal 25279I
    Available in 2 colors

    $498
  • Lara 32940
    Lara 32940

    Textured Evening Gown by Lara 32940
    Available in 2 colors

    $738
  • Milano Formals E2046
    Milano Formals E2046

    Off-the-Shoulder Ruched Evening Gown by Milano Formals E2046
    Available in 3 colors

    $248
  • Nina Canacci 1276
    Nina Canacci 1276

    Floral Dreams Lace Evening Dress by Nina Canacci 1276
    Available in 2 colors

    $298
  • Janique JA2001
    Janique JA2001

    Delicate floral-patterned layered ballgown from Janique JA2001
    Available in 4 colors

    $526
  • Rachel Allan 7565
    Rachel Allan 7565
    (1)

    Sunshine halter cutout gown from Rachel Allan 7565
    Available in 3 colors

    $498
  • Mori Lee 99114
    Mori Lee 99114

    Radiant Lace Appliqué Ball Gown by Mori Lee Paparazzi 99114
    Available in 2 colors

    $298
  • Clarisse 3011
    Clarisse 3011
    (1)

    Bellissima ball gown with strapless, sweetheart styling by Clarisse 3011
    Available in 2 colors

    $338
  • Terani 1712E3652
    Terani 1712E3652

    Ornamental long-sleeve embroidered belted ballgown from Terani 1712E3652
    Available in 2 colors

    $968
  • Mac Duggal 80682
    Mac Duggal 80682

    Quarter Sleeve Tonal Sequined Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Couture 80682
    Color: Midnight Blue

    $798
  • Terani 1712E3254
    Terani 1712E3254

    Prom queen long-sleeved contrasting ballgown from Terani 1712E3254
    Color: Light Blush

    $594
  • Johnathan Kayne 7030
    Johnathan Kayne 7030
    (1)

    Sleeveless flowery print ballgown from Johnathan Kayne 7030
    Available in 2 colors

    $600
  • Sherri Hill 50797
    Sherri Hill 50797

    Full Length Floral Sweetheart Gown by Sherri Hill 50797
    Color: Yellow Print

    $480
  • Morrell Maxie 15603
    Morrell Maxie 15603

    Brazen beaded three-quarter sleeve ballgown from Morell Maxie 15603
    Available in 2 colors

    $498
  • Blush 5602
    Blush 5602
    (1)

    Tonal Applique Evening Gown by Blush 5602
    Available in 2 colors

    $500
  • Madison James 17240
    Madison James 17240

    Sparkling Simplicity Shimmer Evening Dress by Madison James 17240
    Available in 5 colors

    $358
  • Mac Duggal 25201I
    Mac Duggal 25201I

    Elegant Pleated Evening Dress by Ieena for Mac Duggal 25201I
    Color: Nude/Black

    $398
  • Sherri Hill 51030
    Sherri Hill 51030

    Dreamy Ruffle Regal Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 51030
    Available in 4 colors

    $550
  • Alyce 6790
    Alyce 6790
    (1)

    Transcendent glossy sleeveless ballgown from Alyce Paris 6790
    Available in 3 colors

    $370
  • Tarik Ediz 93141
    Tarik Ediz 93141

    Alluring Enchantment High-Low Evening Dress by Tarik Ediz Prom 93141
    Color: Yellow

    $740
  • Terani 1711P2864
    Terani 1711P2864

    Amorous embroidered scallop ballgown from Terani Prom 1711P2864
    Available in 5 colors

    $517
  • Ellie Wilde EW117040
    Ellie Wilde EW117040

    Artisan strapless gown with layers by Ellie Wilde EW117040
    Available in 2 colors

    $590
  • Alyce 6742
    Alyce 6742

    Glossy sequin two-piece gown from Alyce Paris 6742
    Available in 3 colors

    $456
  • Morrell Maxie 15471
    Morrell Maxie 15471

    Floating patterned lacy gown from Morell Maxie 15471
    Color: White Multi

    $498
  • Faviana 7752
    Faviana 7752
    (6)

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

    $398
  • Ellie Wilde EW117038
    Ellie Wilde EW117038

    Bella strapless gown with embellishments by Ellie Wilde EW117038
    Available in 2 colors

    $550
  • Alyce 6744
    Alyce 6744

    Lustrous two-piece halter gown from Alyce Paris 6744
    Available in 3 colors

    $650
  • Alyce Designs 6743
    Alyce Designs 6743

    Righteous ruffled beaded gown from Alyce Paris 6743
    Available in 2 colors

    $536
  • Mori Lee 99032
    Mori Lee 99032

    Sylvan sleeveless gown with florals by Mori Lee Paparazzi 99032
    Color: Blush

    $470
  • Mac Duggal 8816I
    Mac Duggal 8816I

    Dramatic Sweetheart Ball Gown by Ieena for Mac Duggal 8816I
    Color: Black/Gold

    $458
  • Morrell Maxie 15492
    Morrell Maxie 15492

    Butterfly illusion applique gown from Morell Maxie 15492
    Color: Grey/Silver

    $498
  • Morrell Maxie 15529
    Morrell Maxie 15529

    Midnight sweetheart beaded gown from Morell Maxie 15529
    Color: Black

    $458
  • Janique W1376
    Janique W1376
    (2)

    Strapless light and shadows gown with appliques by Janique W1376
    Available in 6 colors

    $768
  • Alyce 6792
    Alyce 6792

    Boundless sleeveless cutaway ballgown from Alyce Paris 6792
    Available in 2 colors

    $370
  • Alyce 6834
    Alyce 6834
    (1)

    Gilded glittering sleeveless gown from Alyce Paris 6834
    Color: Champagne

    $350
  • Terani 1713M3502
    Terani 1713M3502

    Lustrous illusion long-sleeve printed ballgown from Terani 1713M3502
    Available in 2 colors

    $759
  • Mac Duggal 25221I
    Mac Duggal 25221I

    Decadent Drop Waist Evening Dress by Ieena for Mac Duggal 25221I
    Color: Red

    $398
  • Alyce 6727
    Alyce 6727

    Embellished crystallized strapless ballgown from Alyce Paris 6727
    Available in 3 colors

    $518
  • Mori Lee 99020
    Mori Lee 99020

    Posh party dress with shimmer by Mori Lee Paparazzi 99020
    Available in 2 colors

    $478
  • Mori Lee 99062
    Mori Lee 99062

    Radiant Dreams Halter Evening Gown by Mori Lee Paparazzi 99062
    Color: Champagne/Nude

    $498

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