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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 3 colors

    $698
  • Sherri Hill 51384
    Sherri Hill 51384
    (1)

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

    $698
  • Tarik Ediz 93321
    Tarik Ediz 93321

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

    $800
  • Sherri Hill 51271
    Sherri Hill 51271

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

    $500
  • Jovani 50990
    Jovani 50990

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

    $750
  • Jovani 50184
    Jovani 50184

    Roses Detail Evening Gown by Jovani 50184
    Color: Purple

    $798
  • Jovani 55877
    Jovani 55877

    Gilded Lace Dream Evening Gown by Jovani 55877
    Color: Taupe

    $550
  • Dave and Johnny A5346
    Dave and Johnny A5346

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

    $240
  • Jovani 57599
    Jovani 57599

    Sublime Burnout Beauty Evening Gown by Jovani 57599
    Color: Champagne

    $750
  • Andrea and Leo A0471
    Andrea and Leo A0471

    Festive sleeveless formal with flare by Andrea & Leo A0471
    Color: Red

    $550
  • MNM Couture M0019
    MNM Couture M0019
    (1)

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

    $500
  • Jovani 48943
    Jovani 48943

    Sparkles and Lace Evening Gown by Jovani 48943
    Color: Gold

    $900
  • Beside Couture CH1645
    Beside Couture CH1645

    Sassy Sheen Halter Gown by Beside Couture CH1645
    Color: Blue

    $987
  • Jovani 36914
    Jovani 36914
    (1)

    Storybook ballet-sleeved evening gown with floral details by Jovani 36914
    Color: Taupe

    $750
  • Dave and Johnny A5703
    Dave and Johnny A5703
    (1)

    Sleeveless gown with folkloric florals by Dave and Johnny A5703
    Color: Black

    $299
  • Jovani 49981
    Jovani 49981

    Brocade-Like Evening Gown by Jovani 49981
    Color: Black/Multi

    $850
  • Jovani 43092
    Jovani 43092

    Pleated Fairytale Shimmer Evening Gown by Jovani 43092
    Color: Dark Green

    $700
  • Jovani 50229
    Jovani 50229

    Textured Dreamy Evening Gown by Jovani 50229
    Available in 2 colors

    $850
  • Jovani 49898
    Jovani 49898

    Sheer Accent Floral Print Evening Gown by Jovani 49898
    Color: Navy/Print

    $590
  • Terani 1723E4265
    Terani 1723E4265

    Beautiful Shimmer Belted Evening Gown by Terani 1723E4265
    Color: Plum/Black

    $746
  • Morrell Maxie 15745
    Morrell Maxie 15745

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

    $558
  • Sherri Hill 51451
    Sherri Hill 51451

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

    $950
  • Jovani 39729
    Jovani 39729

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

    $750
  • Jovani 48430
    Jovani 48430

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

    $640
  • Jovani 50439
    Jovani 50439

    Gilded Detail Evening Gown by Jovani 50439
    Available in 2 colors

    $640
  • Jovani 54820
    Jovani 54820

    Textured Elegance Scrolling Evening Gown by Jovani 54820
    Color: Black/Multi

    $590
  • Jovani 49315
    Jovani 49315

    Strapless Petal Print Evening Gown by Jovani 49315
    Available in 3 colors

    $590
  • Jovani 50341
    Jovani 50341

    Glittering Detail Evening Gown by Jovani 50341
    Color: Black/Silver

    $590
  • Jovani 48976
    Jovani 48976

    Shining Lace Evening Gown by Jovani 48976
    Available in 2 colors

    $680
  • Terani 1723M4619
    Terani 1723M4619

    Floral Luxury Ruched Evening Gown by Terani 1723M4619
    Color: Silver Multi

    $836
  • Jovani 55052
    Jovani 55052

    Polka Dot Darling Two-Piece Evening Dress by Jovani 55052
    Color: Black

    $750
  • Johnathan Kayne 8019
    Johnathan Kayne 8019

    Keyhole Charm Asymmetrical Evening Gown by Johnathan Kayne 8019
    Color: White

    $850
  • Jovani 51852
    Jovani 51852

    Glorious Brocade Jewel Evening Gown by Jovani 51852
    Available in 2 colors

    $750
  • Beside Couture BC1197
    Beside Couture BC1197

    Elegant sleeveless floral ballgown from Beside Couture BC1197
    Color: Gray

    $1,106
  • Jovani 29085
    Jovani 29085

    Starry night sleeveless gown with dishy depth by Jovani 29085
    Available in 3 colors

    $790
  • Beside Couture CH1659
    Beside Couture CH1659

    Gentle Waves Chic A Line Gown by Beside Couture CH1659
    Color: Royal

    $903
  • Marsoni M182
    Marsoni M182

    Classic Princess Evening Gown by Marsoni M182
    Available in 4 colors

    $437
  • Sherri Hill 51447
    Sherri Hill 51447
    (1)

    Galactic cap-sleeve accent ballgown from Sherri Hill 51447
    Available in 4 colors

    $598
  • Jovani 55906
    Jovani 55906

    Striped Cascade Tonal Evening Gown by Jovani 55906
    Available in 2 colors

    $850
  • Terani 1722E4194
    Terani 1722E4194

    Unforgettable Glimmer Floral Evening Gown by Terani 1722E4194
    Color: Black Multi

    $517

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