Own the Night!

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 2 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 6 colors

    $398
  • 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
  • Sherri Hill 51271
    Sherri Hill 51271

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

    $500
  • 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
  • Lara 33281
    Lara 33281

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

    $698
  • MNM Couture M0019
    MNM Couture M0019

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

    $500
  • Sherri Hill 50768
    Sherri Hill 50768

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

    $698
  • Mac Duggal 80719
    Mac Duggal 80719

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

    $798
  • Sherri Hill 51140
    Sherri Hill 51140

    Feather-light halter formal with descending hemline by Sherri Hill 51140
    Available in 4 colors

    $650
  • Terani 1712E3254
    Terani 1712E3254

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

    $594
  • Clarisse M6205
    Clarisse M6205

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

    $595
  • Jovani 39729
    Jovani 39729

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

    $750
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE3158
    Saiid Kobeisy RE3158

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

    $2,160
  • Jovani 50338
    Jovani 50338

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

    $680
  • MNM Couture K3496
    MNM Couture K3496

    Belle off-shoulder lacy ballgown from MNM Couture K3496
    Available in 3 colors

    $1,600
  • MNM Couture 2376
    MNM Couture 2376

    Wondrous Floral Illusion Evening Gown by MNM Couture 2376
    Available in 2 colors

    $1,500
  • La Femme 23449
    La Femme 23449

    Applique Detail Evening Gown by La Femme Evening 23449
    Color: Pink/Gray

    $598
  • Milano Formals E2150
    Milano Formals E2150
    (1)

    Shimmering Ruffled Evening Gown by Milano Formals E2150
    Color: Black

    $338
  • Mac Duggal 80675
    Mac Duggal 80675

    Off-the-Shoulder Brocade Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Couture 80675
    Color: Black/Silver

    $798
  • Mac Duggal 25279I
    Mac Duggal 25279I
    (2)

    Strapless Surprise Evening Dress by Ieena for Mac Duggal 25279I
    Available in 2 colors

    $498
  • Alyce 27102
    Alyce 27102

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

    $338
  • Ellie Wilde EW21745
    Ellie Wilde EW21745

    Vervy sleeveless formal with ballroom volume by Ellie Wilde EW21745
    Color: Navy/Multi

    $558
  • Jovani 48433
    Jovani 48433

    Floral Applique Evening Gown by Jovani 48433
    Color: Mint

    $730
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE3182
    Saiid Kobeisy RE3182

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

    $1,800
  • Beside Couture BC1198
    Beside Couture BC1198

    Off-shoulder riveting floral gown from Beside Couture BC1198
    Color: Peach

    $1,089
  • MNM Couture 2315
    MNM Couture 2315

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

    $1,300
  • Sherri Hill 32336
    Sherri Hill 32336

    Divine Plunging Sparkle Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 32336
    Available in 2 colors

    $718
  • Mac Duggal 11074
    Mac Duggal 11074

    Strapless Brocade and Shining Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Couture 11074
    Color: Pink/Champagne

    $698
  • Sherri Hill 32359
    Sherri Hill 32359
    (1)

    Ravishing cap-sleeved gown with pleated skirt by Sherri Hill 32359
    Available in 3 colors

    $750
  • Azzure FM527
    Azzure FM527

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

    $550
  • Faviana 7752
    Faviana 7752
    (6)

    Dreamy sleeveless evening gown with posh pleating by Faviana 7752
    Available in 5 colors

    $398
  • Jovani 47001
    Jovani 47001

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

    $640
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE3178
    Saiid Kobeisy RE3178

    Luxe short-sleeve embroirdered ballgown from SK by Saiid Kobeisy RE3178
    Available in 3 colors

    $1,860
  • Jovani 29085
    Jovani 29085

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

    $790
  • Jovani 36914
    Jovani 36914

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

    $750
  • Alyce 6881
    Alyce 6881

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

    $178

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