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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.

  • Sherri Hill 51384
    Sherri Hill 51384

    Scalloped vampy long-sleeve gown from Sherri Hill 51384
    Available in 2 colors

    $698
  • Morrell Maxie 15745
    Morrell Maxie 15745

    Unforgettable Glamour Glimmering Evening Gown by Morrell Maxie 15745
    Color: Rose

    $558
  • Lara 33202
    Lara 33202

    Sleeveless crystal-clad evening gown with plunging neckline by Lara 33202
    Available in 4 colors

    $698
  • Sherri Hill 51451
    Sherri Hill 51451

    Admirable off-shoulder sweetheart gown from Sherri Hill 51451
    Available in 3 colors

    $950
  • Marsoni M180
    Marsoni M180

    Pristine Perfection Strapless Gown by Marsoni M180
    Available in 3 colors

    $371
  • Sherri Hill 51271
    Sherri Hill 51271

    Glossy off-shoulder ruffled ballgown from Sherri Hill 51271
    Available in 5 colors

    $500
  • Jovani 48394
    Jovani 48394

    Admirable sleeveless evening gown with A-line skirt by Jovani 48394
    Available in 2 colors

    $640
  • Tarik Ediz 93321
    Tarik Ediz 93321

    Elegantly Festive Deep V Neckline Gown by Tarik Ediz 93321
    Color:

    $800
  • Jovani 47001
    Jovani 47001

    Radiant halter embellished full-length gown from Jovani 47001
    Available in 2 colors

    $640
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE3187
    Saiid Kobeisy RE3187

    Glittering gossamer ballgown from SK by Saiid Kobeisy RE3187
    Available in 3 colors

    $1,800
  • Jovani 25190
    Jovani 25190

    Wondrous wrap-style evening gown with portrait neckline by Jovani 25190
    Available in 2 colors

    $640
  • Lara 33281
    Lara 33281

    Breezy sleeveless evening gown with fresh-dressed detail by Lara 33281
    Color: Floral

    $698
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE3173
    Saiid Kobeisy RE3173

    Asymetric lacy pick-up gown from SK by Saiid Kobeisy RE3173
    Available in 3 colors

    $2,160
  • Jovani 99148
    Jovani 99148

    Glittering Detail Evening Gown by Jovani 99148
    Color: Champagne

    $850
  • MNM Couture M0019
    MNM Couture M0019

    Mature long-sleeve illusion gown from MNM Couture M0019
    Available in 3 colors

    $500
  • Jovani 45825
    Jovani 45825

    Petal-strewn sleeveless evening gown with frothy finish by Jovani 45825
    Color: Pink

    $1,300
  • Beside Couture BC1203
    Beside Couture BC1203

    Lovely long-sleeve lacy gown from Beside Couture BC1203
    Color: Lilac

    $1,330
  • Jovani 74416
    Jovani 74416

    Romantic Strapless Sweetheart Gown with Glistening Belt by Jovani 74416
    Color: Hot Pink

    $640
  • Jovani 46501
    Jovani 46501

    Dream date sleeveless gown with shimmering circlet by Jovani 46501
    Available in 3 colors

    $570
  • Jovani 39743
    Jovani 39743

    Strapless Floral Print Evening Gown by Jovani 39743
    Color: Multi

    $770
  • Sherri Hill 51375
    Sherri Hill 51375

    Embellished cap-sleeve portrait ballgown from Sherri Hill 51375
    Available in 2 colors

    $578
  • Beside Couture BC1205
    Beside Couture BC1205

    Glossy long-sleeve illusion gown from Beside Couture BC1205
    Color: Green

    $1,106
  • Jovani 35341
    Jovani 35341

    Heavenly sleeveless evening gown with starry light by Jovani 35341
    Available in 2 colors

    $850
  • Beside Couture BC1199
    Beside Couture BC1199

    Structured and sleeveless flowery set from Beside Couture BC1199
    Color: Butter

    $1,008
  • MNM Couture 2376
    MNM Couture 2376

    Wondrous Floral Illusion Evening Gown by MNM Couture 2376
    Color: Burgundy

    $1,500
  • Jovani 50990
    Jovani 50990

    Strapless Large Floral Print Evening Gown by Jovani 50990
    Color: Print

    $750
  • Morrell Maxie 15717
    Morrell Maxie 15717

    Rosette Sweetheart Cinched Evening Gown by Morrell Maxie 15717
    Color: Silver

    $478
  • Mon Cheri 217953
    Mon Cheri 217953

    Shimmering Evening Gown by Mon Cheri Montage 217953
    Available in 2 colors

    $638
  • Jovani 47300
    Jovani 47300

    Detailed contrasting sleeveless accent ballgown from Jovani 47300
    Color: White/Nude

    $750
  • 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 8878
    Mac Duggal 8878

    Decorative printed ballgown from Ieena for Mac Duggal 8878
    Color: Ocean Gold

    $458
  • Terani 1712E3254
    Terani 1712E3254

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

    $594
  • Milano Formals E2150
    Milano Formals E2150
    (1)

    Shimmering Ruffled Evening Gown by Milano Formals E2150
    Color: Black

    $338
  • Sherri Hill 51391
    Sherri Hill 51391

    Beaded and shirred A-line from Sherri Hill 51391
    Color: Navy/Multi

    $650
  • Ellie Wilde EW21721
    Ellie Wilde EW21721

    Fantasy sleeveless formal with sensuous split by Ellie Wilde EW21721
    Color: Black/Red

    $678
  • Dave and Johnny A5346
    Dave and Johnny A5346

    Lace Detail Evening Gown by Dave and Johnny A5346
    Color: Ivory/Blue

    $240
  • Jovani 31698
    Jovani 31698

    Graceful strapless evening gown with gossamer layers by Jovani 31698
    Color: Blush

    $770
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE3197
    Saiid Kobeisy RE3197

    Printed scalloped multicolored gown from SK by Saiid Kobeisy RE3197
    Color: Black

    $1,680
  • Jovani 47982
    Jovani 47982

    Theatrical contrasting ballgown with pleating from Jovani 47982
    Color: Black/Gold

    $680

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