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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.

  • Blush 5524
    Blush 5524

    Sparkling Evening Gown by Blush 5524
    Available in 2 colors

    $479
  • Sherri Hill 32359
    Sherri Hill 32359

    Ravishing cap-sleeved gown with pleated skirt by Sherri Hill 32359
    Available in 4 colors

    $750
  • Mac Duggal 61957D
    Mac Duggal 61957D

    Shining Stones Detail Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Couture 61957D
    Color: Sapphire

    $598
  • Envious Couture 16146
    Envious Couture 16146

    Splendid Sweetheart Royal Evening Dress by Envious Couture 16146
    Available in 3 colors

    $572
  • Madison James 16419
    Madison James 16419

    Pleated and Sparkle Evening Gown by Madison James 16419
    Available in 3 colors

    $430
  • Janique W1346
    Janique W1346

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

    $592
  • Tarik Ediz 92358
    Tarik Ediz 92358
    (1)

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

    $960   $672
  • Tarik Ediz 92695
    Tarik Ediz 92695

    Princess Decadence Wrapped Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92695
    Available in 4 colors

    $1,304
  • Tony Bowls TB11608
    Tony Bowls TB11608

    Lustrous off-the-shoulder gown with overskirt by Tony Bowls TB11608
    Available in 3 colors

    $649
  • Tarik Ediz 92771
    Tarik Ediz 92771

    Off-the-Shoulder Butterfly Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92771
    Color: Print

    $852
  • Tarik Ediz 92696
    Tarik Ediz 92696

    Rosette Enchantment Illusion Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92696
    Available in 3 colors

    $1,198
  • Beside Couture BC1117
    Beside Couture BC1117

    Divine Asymmetrical Cascade Evening Gown by Beside Couture BC1117
    Color: Red

    $1,288
  • Johnathan Kayne 6034
    Johnathan Kayne 6034

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

    $380
  • Terani 1611P1255
    Terani 1611P1255

    Magical Pearl Excellence Evening Dress by Terani 1611P1255
    Available in 2 colors

    $495
  • Janique W1376
    Janique W1376
    (1)

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

    $768
  • Angela and Alison 61021
    Angela and Alison 61021

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

    $459
  • Beside Couture BC1131
    Beside Couture BC1131

    Regal Radiance Draped Evening Gown by Beside Couture BC1131
    Color: Light Pink

    $1,089
  • Nika 1658
    Nika 1658

    Darling A-line dress with bib top by Nika 1658
    Available in 3 colors

    $458
  • Sherri Hill 21361
    Sherri Hill 21361

    Oh-so-romantic rosette A-line dress by Sherri Hill 21361
    Available in 2 colors

    $950
  • Beside Couture BC1141
    Beside Couture BC1141

    Dramatic Sensation Lace Evening Gown by Beside Couture BC1141
    Color: Black

    $924
  • Tarik Ediz 92726
    Tarik Ediz 92726

    Fabulous Fierce Illusion Evening Dress by Tarik Ediz 92726
    Color: Black

    $1,242
  • 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
  • Tarik Ediz 92708
    Tarik Ediz 92708

    Frothy Regal Cascade Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92708
    Available in 3 colors

    $1,308
  • Saboroma 4141
    Saboroma 4141

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

    $960
  • Terani 1611P1250
    Terani 1611P1250

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

    $363
  • Johnathan Kayne 6015
    Johnathan Kayne 6015

    Queen illusion cap-sleeve A-line gown from Johnathan Kayne 6015
    Color: Wine

    $580
  • Mac Duggal 80466D
    Mac Duggal 80466D

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

    $698
  • MNM Couture G0600
    MNM Couture G0600

    Sparkling Ruffled Evening Gown by MNM Couture G0600
    Available in 4 colors

    $1,800
  • Beside Couture BC1115
    Beside Couture BC1115

    Regal Romance Flowing Evening Gown by Beside Couture BC1115
    Color: Creamy

    $1,117
  • Johnathan Kayne 6050
    Johnathan Kayne 6050

    Mature three-quarter sleeve patterned gown from Johnathan Kayne 6050
    Color: Black

    $550
  • Terani 1611P1110
    Terani 1611P1110

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

    $528
  • Tarik Ediz 92702
    Tarik Ediz 92702

    Fairytale Floral Lace Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92702
    Available in 2 colors

    $1,084
  • Beside Couture BC1140
    Beside Couture BC1140

    Blushing Beauty Draped Evening Gown by Beside Couture BC1140
    Color: Black/Nude

    $1,162
  • MNM Couture 9621
    MNM Couture 9621
    (28)

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

    $640
  • Sherri Hill 32301
    Sherri Hill 32301

    Dazzling sleeveless gown with feathered skirt by Sherri Hill 32301
    Color: Ivory

    $2,900
  • Johnathan Kayne 6006
    Johnathan Kayne 6006

    Bedecked studded and embroidered ballgown from Johnathan Kayne 6006
    Available in 2 colors

    $680
  • Mac Duggal 48424H
    Mac Duggal 48424H

    Strapless Tonal Sparkle and Stripes Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Ball Gowns 48424H
    Color: Black

    $578
  • Madison James 16302
    Madison James 16302

    Strapless Ornate Print Evening Gown by Madison James 16302
    Available in 3 colors

    $470
  • Tarik Ediz 92790
    Tarik Ediz 92790

    Sheer and Embellished Evening Gown by Tarik Ediz 92790
    Available in 3 colors

    $1,050

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