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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.

  • Milano Formals E2046
    Milano Formals E2046
    (2)

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

    $248
  • Terani 1712E3652
    Terani 1712E3652

    Ornamental long-sleeve embroidered belted ballgown from Terani 1712E3652
    Available in 3 colors

    $968
  • Mac Duggal 55010
    Mac Duggal 55010

    Shining strapless ballgown from Ieena for Mac Duggal 55010
    Available in 3 colors

    $398
  • Terani 1712E3254
    Terani 1712E3254

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

    $594
  • Clarisse 3011
    Clarisse 3011
    (1)

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

    $338
  • Blush 5602
    Blush 5602
    (2)

    Tonal Applique Evening Gown by Blush 5602
    Available in 2 colors

    $500
  • Sherri Hill 51030
    Sherri Hill 51030

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

    $550
  • Terani 1713M3502
    Terani 1713M3502

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

    $759
  • Madison James 17240
    Madison James 17240

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

    $358
  • Mac Duggal 25279I
    Mac Duggal 25279I
    (2)

    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
  • Tarik Ediz 93141
    Tarik Ediz 93141

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

    $740
  • Janique JA2001
    Janique JA2001

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

    $526
  • Janique W1376
    Janique W1376
    (2)

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

    $768
  • Azzure FM527
    Azzure FM527

    Demure lace-pattern A-line dress by Azzure FM527
    Color: Beige

    $550
  • Sherri Hill 51055
    Sherri Hill 51055

    Exquisite Floral Radiance Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 51055
    Available in 2 colors

    $550
  • Mac Duggal 62590
    Mac Duggal 62590

    Lustrous strapless A-line pickup gown by Mac Duggal 62590
    Available in 2 colors

    $698
  • Mori Lee 99078
    Mori Lee 99078

    Sparkling Perfection Enchanted Evening Gown by Mori Lee Paparazzi 99078
    Available in 3 colors

    $550
  • Alyce 27102
    Alyce 27102

    Bedazzled lace ballgown from JDL by Alyce Paris 27102
    Available in 3 colors

    $338
  • Ellie Wilde EW117038
    Ellie Wilde EW117038

    Bella strapless gown with embellishments by Ellie Wilde EW117038
    Color: Fuchsia/Black

    $550
  • Tony Bowls TB117391
    Tony Bowls TB117391

    Firework Decadence Draped Evening Gown by Tony Bowls TB117391
    Color: Black

    $859
  • Mac Duggal 30287
    Mac Duggal 30287

    Girlish patterned ballgown from Ieena for Mac Duggal 30287
    Color: Blush

    $498
  • Sherri Hill 51193
    Sherri Hill 51193

    Statuesque halter formal with bright overskirt by Sherri Hill 51193
    Available in 2 colors

    $598
  • Faviana 7752
    Faviana 7752
    (6)

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

    $398
  • Sherri Hill 51165
    Sherri Hill 51165

    Ravishing sleeveless formal with airy ripples by Sherri Hill 51165
    Available in 2 colors

    $598
  • Terani 1711E3214
    Terani 1711E3214

    Breezy sparkling two-piece ruffle ballgown from Terani 1711E3214
    Available in 4 colors

    $803
  • Terani 1711M3388
    Terani 1711M3388

    Flourishing rosette V-neck sleeveless ballgown from Terani 1711M3388
    Color: Midnight

    $759
  • Sherri Hill 50849
    Sherri Hill 50849

    Enchanted Evening Twinkle Gown by Sherri Hill 50849
    Available in 4 colors

    $518
  • Rachel Allan 7565
    Rachel Allan 7565
    (1)

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

    $498
  • Mac Duggal 80719
    Mac Duggal 80719

    Shimmer and Floral Detail Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Couture 80719
    Color: Vintage Rose

    $798
  • Tiffany 16213
    Tiffany 16213

    Vividly embellished halter-style gown with flared skirt by Tiffany 16213
    Color: Navy Multi

    $458
  • Terani 1712P2890
    Terani 1712P2890

    Checkerboard sequined printed A-line from Terani Prom 1712P2890
    Available in 2 colors

    $539
  • Sherri Hill 50797
    Sherri Hill 50797
    (1)

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

    $480
  • Mori Lee 99114
    Mori Lee 99114

    Radiant Lace Appliqué Ball Gown by Mori Lee Paparazzi 99114
    Color: Aqua/Nude

    $550
  • Mac Duggal 80668
    Mac Duggal 80668

    Strapless Applique Detail Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Couture 80668
    Color: Emerald Green

    $698
  • Beside Couture BC1125D
    Beside Couture BC1125D
    (6)

    Sumptuous Cascade Embellished Ball Gown by Beside Couture BC1125D
    Color: Ivory/Antique Silver

    $1,148
  • Ivonne D 117D76
    Ivonne D 117D76

    Holiday printed flowery A-line gown from Ivonne D 117D76
    Color: Navy/Multi

    $650
  • Tarik Ediz 93143
    Tarik Ediz 93143

    Sensational Floral Illusion Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz Prom 93143
    Color: Cherry

    $992
  • Rachel Allan 7536
    Rachel Allan 7536

    Darling sunny two-piece gown from Rachel Allan 7536
    Available in 3 colors

    $398
  • Terani 1711P2857
    Terani 1711P2857

    Luscious leaflet A-line gown from Terani Prom 1711P2857
    Available in 3 colors

    $451

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