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.

  • MNM Couture 9621
    MNM Couture 9621
    (30)

    Elegant Fairytale Illusion Evening Gown by MNM Couture 9621
    Available in 2 colors

    $640
  • Faviana 7752
    Faviana 7752
    (6)

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

    $398
  • 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 5 colors

    $768
  • Sherri Hill 32359
    Sherri Hill 32359
    (1)

    Ravishing cap-sleeved gown with pleated skirt by Sherri Hill 32359
    Available in 2 colors

    $750
  • Clarisse M6205
    Clarisse M6205

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

    $595
  • Brit Cameron 15328
    Brit Cameron 15328

    Fine Beaded Evening Gown by Brit Cameron 15328
    Color: Ice Mint

    $499
  • Saboroma 4141
    Saboroma 4141

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

    $960
  • Beside Couture BC1125D
    Beside Couture BC1125D
    (1)

    Sumptuous Cascade Embellished Ball Gown by Beside Couture BC1125D
    Color: Ivory/Antique Silver

    $1,148
  • Johnathan Kayne 6034
    Johnathan Kayne 6034

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

    $380
  • Terani 1611P1364
    Terani 1611P1364

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

    $495
  • Nina Canacci 9083
    Nina Canacci 9083

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

    $338
  • Mac Duggal 80466D
    Mac Duggal 80466D
    (2)

    Delicate Lace Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Couture 80466D
    Available in 3 colors

    $698
  • Decode 18 183495
    Decode 18 183495

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

    $298
  • Terani 1611P1238
    Terani 1611P1238
    (1)

    Sublime Split Shimmer Evening Dress by Terani 1611P1238
    Available in 3 colors

    $726
  • Janique W1346
    Janique W1346

    Freshly fashioned halter gown with translucent trim by Janique W1346
    Color: Print

    $592
  • Milano Formals E1774
    Milano Formals E1774
    (1)

    A scoop neckline, fit-and flare gown adorned with jewels by Milano Formals E1774
    Color: Pink

    $278
  • Brit Cameron 16344
    Brit Cameron 16344

    Fluttering embellished appliqued gown from Brit Cameron 16344
    Color: French Blue/Nude

    $399
  • Terani 1611P1366
    Terani 1611P1366
    (1)

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

    $605
  • Blush 5520
    Blush 5520

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

    $658
  • Tarik Ediz 92774
    Tarik Ediz 92774

    Lace and Floral Print Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92774
    Color: Print

    $1,060
  • Sherri Hill 50270
    Sherri Hill 50270
    (1)

    Shimmering Floral Sophistication Evening Dress by Sherri Hill 50270
    Color: Light Green

    $578
  • Mac Duggal 10085M
    Mac Duggal 10085M
    (2)

    Outstanding turtle-neck contrast ballgown from Mac Duggal Prom 10085M
    Available in 2 colors

    $538
  • Panoply 14604
    Panoply 14604
    (1)

    Caliente strapless formal with embellished bodice by Panoply 14604
    Color: Hot Pink/Silver

    $448
  • Tarik Ediz 92358
    Tarik Ediz 92358
    (1)

    Lovely, sleeveless gown infused with sparkle by Tarik Ediz 92358
    Available in 3 colors

    $960   $672
  • Tony Bowls TB11608
    Tony Bowls TB11608
    (1)

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

    $649
  • Sherri Hill 32324
    Sherri Hill 32324

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

    $598
  • Terani 1611P1246
    Terani 1611P1246

    Triumphant Tiered Appliqué Ball Gown by Terani 1611P1246
    Color: Blush

    $759
  • Tarik Ediz 92814
    Tarik Ediz 92814

    Strapless Floral Detail Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92814
    Color:

    $771
  • Mac Duggal 48268H
    Mac Duggal 48268H

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

    $578
  • Alyce 6671
    Alyce 6671

    Shimmering Floral Sophistication Evening Dress by Alyce Paris 6671
    Color: Black/Red

    $280
  • Tarik Ediz 92792
    Tarik Ediz 92792

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

    $1,980
  • Ashley Lauren 1139
    Ashley Lauren 1139

    Statuesque off-the-shoulder gown with flowing skirt by Ashley Lauren 1139
    Available in 6 colors

    $840
  • Lucci Lu 3017
    Lucci Lu 3017

    Floral-detailed sleeveless gown with ruffled skirt by Lucci Lu 3017
    Available in 4 colors

    $436
  • Sherri Hill 50484
    Sherri Hill 50484
    (1)

    Floral Print Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50484
    Color: Ivory/Orange Print

    $750
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE2916
    Saiid Kobeisy RE2916

    Magnificent Shimmer Evening Gown from SK by Saiid Kobeisy RE2916
    Available in 3 colors

    $1,710
  • Mac Duggal 48420H
    Mac Duggal 48420H

    Strapless Lace Detail Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Ball Gowns 48420H
    Color: Charcoal/Nude

    $538
  • Tarik Ediz 92721
    Tarik Ediz 92721

    Blushing Adoration Layered Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92721
    Available in 2 colors

    $1,386
  • Mac Duggal 65371H
    Mac Duggal 65371H

    Rich Applique Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Ball Gowns 65371H
    Color: Red/Nude

    $538
  • Sherri Hill 50229
    Sherri Hill 50229

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

    $598

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