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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 33202
    Lara 33202

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

    $698
  • Jovani 48394
    Jovani 48394

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

    $640
  • MNM Couture M0019
    MNM Couture M0019

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

    $500
  • Morrell Maxie 15694
    Morrell Maxie 15694

    Gilded Glory Pleated Evening Dress by Morrell Maxie 15694
    Color: Champagne/Rose

    $398
  • Jovani 51540
    Jovani 51540

    Vibrant strapless evening gown with voluminous skirt by Jovani 51540
    Available in 2 colors

    $590
  • Jovani 48943
    Jovani 48943

    Sparkles and Lace Evening Gown by Jovani 48943
    Color: Gold

    $900
  • Sherri Hill 51271
    Sherri Hill 51271

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

    $500
  • Lara 33281
    Lara 33281

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

    $698
  • Jovani 47419
    Jovani 47419

    Sleeveless floral print contrast ballgown from Jovani 47419
    Available in 2 colors

    $750
  • Jovani 48433
    Jovani 48433

    Floral Applique Evening Gown by Jovani 48433
    Color: Mint

    $730
  • Milano Formals E2046
    Milano Formals E2046
    (2)

    Off-the-Shoulder Ruched Evening Gown by Milano Formals E2046
    Available in 2 colors

    $248
  • Terani 1712E3652
    Terani 1712E3652

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

    $968
  • Sherri Hill 50768
    Sherri Hill 50768

    Ultimate Fairytale Draped Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50768
    Color: Ivory

    $698
  • Lara 32940
    Lara 32940
    (1)

    Textured Evening Gown by Lara 32940
    Available in 2 colors

    $738
  • Sherri Hill 11335
    Sherri Hill 11335
    (2)

    Sleeveless evening gown with divine vines by Sherri Hill 11335
    Color: Ivory/Nude

    $850
  • Jovani 50338
    Jovani 50338

    Long-Sleeved Shimmering Detail Evening by Jovani 50338
    Color: Black

    $680
  • Sherri Hill 51124
    Sherri Hill 51124

    Magnificent off-shoulder glossy embellished gown from Sherri Hill 51124
    Available in 6 colors

    $550
  • Jovani 47983
    Jovani 47983

    Structured printed and strapless ballgown from Jovani 47983
    Color: Gold

    $850
  • Jovani 37453
    Jovani 37453

    Elaborate cap-sleeved evening gown with jeweled detail by Jovani 37453
    Available in 2 colors

    $750
  • Jovani 39729
    Jovani 39729

    Starlit sleeveless evening gown with layered elan by Jovani 39729
    Color: Black

    $750
  • Marsoni M180
    Marsoni M180

    Pristine Perfection Strapless Gown by Marsoni M180
    Available in 3 colors

    $338
  • Jovani 48923
    Jovani 48923

    Voluptuous sleeveless printed multi-color ballgown from Jovani 48923
    Color: Purple Mint

    $640
  • Sherri Hill 51447
    Sherri Hill 51447

    Galactic cap-sleeve accent ballgown from Sherri Hill 51447
    Available in 5 colors

    $598
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE3158
    Saiid Kobeisy RE3158

    Beauty illusion sparkling ballgown from SK by Saiid Kobeisy RE3158
    Available in 2 colors

    $2,160
  • Alyce 6881
    Alyce 6881

    Strapless Crossover Ruched A Line Gown by Alyce Paris 6881
    Color: Royal Blue

    $178
  • Alyce 6790
    Alyce 6790
    (1)

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

    $370
  • Beside Couture BC1125D
    Beside Couture BC1125D
    (6)

    Sumptuous Cascade Embellished Ball Gown by Beside Couture BC1125D
    Available in 3 colors

    $1,148
  • Mac Duggal 8878
    Mac Duggal 8878

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

    $458
  • Alyce 27159
    Alyce 27159

    Garden-gorgeous lacy illusion gown from JDL by Alyce Paris 27159
    Available in 3 colors

    $578
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE3182
    Saiid Kobeisy RE3182

    Traditional embroidery sweetheart ballgown from SK by Saiid Kobeisy RE3182
    Available in 4 colors

    $1,800
  • Jovani 48430
    Jovani 48430

    Dreamy lacy accented sleeveless ballgown from Jovani 48430
    Available in 2 colors

    $640
  • Beside Couture BC1244
    Beside Couture BC1244

    Sultry Princess A Line Gown by Beside Couture BC1244
    Color: Blue/Pink

    $1,078
  • Jovani 47747
    Jovani 47747

    Strapless Tonal Beaded Evening Gown by Jovani 47747
    Color: Blue

    $590
  • Jovani 45305
    Jovani 45305

    Delightful strapless evening gown with dip-dyed effect by Jovani 45305
    Color: Gray

    $790
  • Dave and Johnny A5699
    Dave and Johnny A5699

    Lovely sleeveless gown with sparkle by Dave and Johnny A5699
    Color: Print

    $299
  • Beside Couture BC1231
    Beside Couture BC1231

    Pleated Floral A Line Gown by Beside Couture BC1231
    Color: Floral Multi Print

    $1,372
  • Sherri Hill 51438
    Sherri Hill 51438

    Featured accented strapless ballgown from Sherri Hill 51438
    Available in 5 colors

    $750
  • MNM Couture 2315
    MNM Couture 2315

    Romantic Retro Glam Evening Gown by MNM Couture 2315
    Available in 2 colors

    $1,300
  • Sherri Hill 51384
    Sherri Hill 51384

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

    $698
  • Jovani 40907
    Jovani 40907

    Contras Flower Detail Evening Gown by Jovani 40907
    Color: Black

    $750

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