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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.

  • Lara 32826
    Lara 32826

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

    $438
  • Janique W1376
    Janique W1376
    (1)

    Strapless light and shadows gown with appliques by Janique W1376
    Available in 3 colors

    $768
  • Faviana 7752
    Faviana 7752
    (6)

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

    $398
  • MNM Couture 9621
    MNM Couture 9621
    (30)

    Elegant Fairytale Illusion Evening Gown by MNM Couture 9621
    Available in 3 colors

    $640
  • Mac Duggal 80466D
    Mac Duggal 80466D
    (2)

    Delicate Lace Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Couture 80466D
    Available in 2 colors

    $698
  • Sherri Hill 50315
    Sherri Hill 50315
    (1)

    Two-Piece Embellished Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50315
    Color: Ivory

    $498
  • Sherri Hill 50261
    Sherri Hill 50261

    Lace Pleasure Rosette Ball Gown by Sherri Hill 50261
    Color: Coral/Ivory

    $590
  • La Femme 22613
    La Femme 22613

    Dreamy sleeveless gown with dazzling highlights by La Femme 22613
    Color: Gold

    $538
  • Tarik Ediz 92647
    Tarik Ediz 92647

    Gorgeous A-line gown with cropped bodice by Tarik Ediz 92647
    Available in 2 colors

    $1,228
  • Sherri Hill 50229
    Sherri Hill 50229

    Festive Gemstone Goddess Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50229
    Available in 7 colors

    $598
  • Johnathan Kayne 6034
    Johnathan Kayne 6034

    Hypnotic strapless striped ballgown from Johnathan Kayne 6034
    Color: White/Black

    $380
  • Saboroma 4141
    Saboroma 4141

    Off-the-Shoulder Tonal Sparkle Evening Gown by Saboroma 4141
    Color: Red

    $960
  • Decode 18 183495
    Decode 18 183495

    Multi-hued strapless cutout gown from Decode 18 183495
    Color: White/Purple

    $298
  • Terani 1611P1364
    Terani 1611P1364

    Timeless Cascade Glittering Evening Dress by Terani 1611P1364
    Available in 2 colors

    $495
  • Tony Bowls TB11608
    Tony Bowls TB11608
    (1)

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

    $649
  • Clarisse M6205
    Clarisse M6205

    Festive Glimmer Lace Evening Dress by Clarisse M6205
    Available in 3 colors

    $595
  • Tarik Ediz 92792
    Tarik Ediz 92792

    Long-Sleeved Shimmering Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92792
    Available in 2 colors

    $1,980
  • MGNY 71336
    MGNY 71336

    Lace Evening Gown by MGNY 71336
    Available in 2 colors

    $528
  • Lucci Lu 3017
    Lucci Lu 3017

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

    $436
  • Terani 1611P1366
    Terani 1611P1366
    (1)

    Decadent Diamonds Cascading Evening Dress by Terani 1611P1366
    Available in 3 colors

    $605
  • Sherri Hill 50203
    Sherri Hill 50203
    (1)

    Breathtaking Beauty Floral Evening Dress by Sherri Hill 50203
    Color: Nude/Yellow

    $680
  • Sherri Hill 21361
    Sherri Hill 21361
    (1)

    Oh-so-romantic rosette A-line dress by Sherri Hill 21361
    Color: Blush

    $950
  • Blush 5524
    Blush 5524

    Sparkling Evening Gown by Blush 5524
    Available in 2 colors

    $479
  • Nina Canacci 9083
    Nina Canacci 9083

    Magnifique sleeveless gown with misty skirt by Nina Canacci 9083
    Color: Pink

    $338
  • Sherri Hill 50333
    Sherri Hill 50333

    Floral Print Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50333
    Color: Black/Red

    $550
  • Angela and Alison 61021
    Angela and Alison 61021

    Sumptuous Shimmer Plunging Evening Dress by Angela and Alison 61021
    Available in 4 colors

    $459
  • Tarik Ediz 92641
    Tarik Ediz 92641
    (1)

    Glimmering A-line dress with illusion neckline by Tarik Ediz 92641
    Available in 2 colors

    $876   $701
  • Johnathan Kayne 5010
    Johnathan Kayne 5010

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

    $570
  • Terani 1611P1250
    Terani 1611P1250

    Sequined Grace Sweetheart Evening Dress by Terani 1611P1250
    Color: Silver/Nude

    $363
  • Blush 5520
    Blush 5520

    Strapless Lace Detail Evening Gown by Blush 5520
    Available in 3 colors

    $658
  • Terani 1611P1110
    Terani 1611P1110

    Paisley Glimmer Lace Evening Dress by Terani 1611P1110
    Color: Silver/Blue

    $528
  • MNM Fouad Sarkis 2305
    MNM Fouad Sarkis 2305

    Belle époque one-shoulder evening gown by MNM Fouad Sarkis 2305
    Color: Green

    $1,600
  • Envious Couture 16047
    Envious Couture 16047

    Festive Glimmer Shining Evening Gown by Envious Couture 16047
    Available in 3 colors

    $595
  • Sherri Hill 50231
    Sherri Hill 50231

    Timeless Dreams Floral Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50231
    Color: Coral/Ivory

    $550
  • Tarik Ediz 92703
    Tarik Ediz 92703

    Scalloped Dreams Illusion Evening Dress by Tarik Ediz 92703
    Available in 3 colors

    $902
  • Sherri Hill 32324
    Sherri Hill 32324

    Strapless ballroom gown with contrasting skirt by Sherri Hill 32324
    Color: Black/Fuchsia

    $598
  • Jolene 16007
    Jolene 16007

    Halter-Style Sparkling Evening Gown by Jolene 16007
    Color: Black/Off White

    $448
  • Mac Duggal 48268H
    Mac Duggal 48268H

    Beaded and Roses Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Ball Gowns 48268H
    Available in 2 colors

    $578
  • Sherri Hill 50484
    Sherri Hill 50484
    (1)

    Floral Print Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50484
    Available in 2 colors

    $750
  • Sherri Hill 50233
    Sherri Hill 50233

    Regal Dreams Plunging Evening Dress by Sherri Hill 50233
    Available in 2 colors

    $550

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