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Sweet 16 Dresses

Having a pulse on the dress market, our sweet 16 dresses from major designers to more moderate prices allows for one to have the full range of sweet 16 options.

Need a more formal dress for ones sweet 16, then check out our "evening dresses" section, need a more unique dress then check out our "special occasions" section. Whatever ones sweet 16 needs may be, New York Dress offers one of the largest selection of many types of dresses.

Happy sixteenth birthday, gorgeous! What's it feel like to be the center of attention, the heart-stopping belle of the ball? Oh wait, you've been used to that since the day you were born, so a party in your honor is nothing new...except this time around you're definitely going to be the one everybody's watching to set the pace of the evening, so make sure your dress is as memorable as the biggest party of your year!

Sweet Sixteen dresses should be flouncy and innocent, with cinched waists and short hems drawing everyone's gaze. Skirts tend to fall just over the knee, as opposed to dresses cut for slightly older figures, and above all the light colors, thin straps, and classic cuts reveal the whimsical taste of childhood while foreshadowing a growing maturity and worldliness.

Flappers, fifties party girls, and high- and low-cut necklines alike all pull together to do one thing: emphasize that at sixteen, you're coming into your own and developing a great sense of style based on what you see going on in the world around you. Cocktail dresses with ruffles-a-plenty are all the rage at sweet sixteen parties, reminiscent of the roses on the cake that celebrates your big day!

Whether sleeveless or ethereal, club-sharp or beach-laid-back, sweet sixteen dresses give you the chance to show the world who you are and what message you're intent on sending as you graduate to a new phase of your life. This is the last chance you get to be a kid, and the first chance you have to project the gorgeous young lady you plan on becoming.

For an air of sophistication, shimmy into that full length ball gown and add a little formality to the event, or try on a fluttery cocktail dress with beaded details and feel like a fairy princess floating amongst your friends and loved ones.

Above all, be BRIGHT! If ever there was a time to banish wallflower blacks to the corner, sweet sixteen is it! You're a flower ready to pop, well-accessorized and dedicated to showing off a developed figure. Smooth skin is always in, and while it's important to match your appearance to the setting and occasion (translation: don't wear a micro-mini and leggings to a family event, but don't make your friends feel out of place by turning up in something Princess Di would have worn either!). Contrast is key, so if you're skin is pale you can go for darker colors while those with a darker complexion can play up golds, whites, and silvers for top marks.

Pick a dress with some patterned lace to bring out the gothic element of your personality, or a light sequin style to glitter under the lights of your celebration. Sweet Sixteeen dresses should make you feel like you stepped out of your own teen soap or reality show; this is the time to splurge on a memory you'll carry with you for the rest of your life!

Make sure the dress you're wearing is comfortable and lets your personality shine through. The last thing you want to do is be worried about the wind giving you a "Marilyn Moment," so if you need something short and sporty you should check out a dress that will let you move around without fear of overexposure. Flattering silhouettes that emphasize your fresh, youthful appearance make Sweet Sixteen into a chance to shine. For more formal occasions, longer dresses with an evening flare can bring you to a position of sophistication and ease in your surroundings. Whatever kind of sweet sixteen you have planned, our dresses can help you light it up!

Whether you want to plan your party around a particular dress or select a dress that fits a theme you've had in mind for a while, it's important to look at a wide variety of sweet sixteen dresses before you make your decision. Step outside yourself and imagine the role you want to play on your big night. Will you be a princess or a tease, a flirt or a family girl? See what every different kind of dress says about you and about your ability to change into whatever you want to be, and make sure that you've explored every option before you commit to any one look.

This is the year for signature accessories, so dressing up a simple dress with a fantastic handbag or clutch while balancing atop the highest heels you can bear to wear will make for a great statement. You might want to pack a spare set of shoes and stash it in a corner in case the heels get uncomfortable, and it's important to make sure both sets of footwear match the dress you've picked to make your special evening perfect.

While a sweet sixteen dress may be the first major dress purchase of any young woman's life, it is important to think ahead about the way your look will integrate into future events - homecoming, prom, family occasions - and realize that this might be your last chance to try something wild and unpredictable. Take the fullest advantage of everything sweet sixteen has to offer, and enjoy every last moment of your youth while it lasts - enjoy!

  • Terani 1611P1353
    Terani 1611P1353

    Twinkling Cascade Two-Piece Evening Gown by Terani 1611P1353
    Available in 3 colors

    $429
  • Nina Canacci 1040
    Nina Canacci 1040
    (5)

    Tantalizingly chic A-line dress by Nina Canacci 1040
    Available in 3 colors

    $338
  • La Femme 16802
    La Femme 16802
    (216)

    Fetching floor-length sheath dress with gauzy overlay by La Femme 16802
    Available in 14 colors

    $250
  • Terani 1611P1364
    Terani 1611P1364

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

    $495
  • Sherri Hill 50203
    Sherri Hill 50203
    (1)

    Breathtaking Beauty Floral Evening Dress by Sherri Hill 50203
    Available in 2 colors

    $680
  • Tony Bowls TB11628
    Tony Bowls TB11628

    One-of-a-kind pantsuit with stone-studded bodice by Tony Bowls TB11628
    Color: Ivory

    $570
  • Decode 18 183495
    Decode 18 183495

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

    $298
  • Angela and Alison 61186
    Angela and Alison 61186
    (1)

    Blushing Fairytale Sweetheart Evening Gown by Angela and Alison 61186
    Color: Light Peach

    $525
  • Saiid Kobeisy RE2753
    Saiid Kobeisy RE2753

    Unique Beauty Fluttering Party Dress from SK by Saiid Kobeisy RE2753
    Available in 3 colors

    $1,755
  • Mac Duggal 80596M
    Mac Duggal 80596M

    Admirable embroidered baby-doll dress from Mac Duggal Prom 80596M
    Available in 2 colors

    $498
  • La Femme 22348
    La Femme 22348

    Strapless Polka Dot and Floral Evening Gown by La Femme 22348
    Color: Multi

    $338
  • Johnathan Kayne 6024
    Johnathan Kayne 6024
    (1)

    Spellbinding crystallized halter mermaid from Johnathan Kayne 6024
    Color: Watermelon

    $530
  • Sherri Hill 32290
    Sherri Hill 32290

    Delectable cropped set with scalloped edges by Sherri Hill 32290
    Available in 3 colors

    $558
  • Dave and Johnny 1859
    Dave and Johnny 1859

    Two-Piece Textured and Print Cocktail Dress by Dave and Johnny 1859
    Color: Pink

    $290
  • Tiffany 16154
    Tiffany 16154

    Exotic layered mermaid with accented collar from Tiffany 16154
    Available in 2 colors

    $470
  • Sherri Hill 50199
    Sherri Hill 50199
    (1)

    Lavish Embroidered Floral Evening Dress by Sherri Hill 50199
    Color: Ivory/Multi

    $598
  • Rachel Allan 7239
    Rachel Allan 7239

    Gorgeously flowing full-length gown by Rachel Allan 7239
    Available in 3 colors

    $398
  • Rachel Allan 7181
    Rachel Allan 7181
    (1)

    Flowery two-piece fit-and-flare ensemble by Rachel Allan 7181
    Color: Black

    $458
  • Blush 11085
    Blush 11085

    Shimmer Cutout Detail Evening Gown by Blush 11085
    Color: Seafoam

    $349
  • Mori Lee 98006
    Mori Lee 98006

    Strapless Glittering Evening Gown by Mori Lee Paparazzi 98006
    Color: Mint

    $458
  • La Femme 20033
    La Femme 20033

    Strapless tutu-style dress with bubble beading by La Femme 20033
    Available in 4 colors

    $278
  • La Femme 21243
    La Femme 21243

    Crystal Bodice Mermaid Dream Gown by La Femme 21243
    Available in 5 colors

    $450
  • Sherri Hill 50037
    Sherri Hill 50037

    Stellar short-sleeved formal set with sparkle by Sherri Hill 50037
    Available in 2 colors

    $598
  • Dave and Johnny 1751
    Dave and Johnny 1751

    Tribal Dreams Asymmetrical Cocktail Dress by Dave and Johnny 1751
    Available in 4 colors

    $300
  • Sherri Hill 1944
    Sherri Hill 1944

    Pearl Fantasy Sweetheart Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 1944
    Color: Light Green

    $350
  • Issue NY 21413A
    Issue NY 21413A
    (1)

    Sleek High-Low Evening Gown by Issue New York 21413A
    Available in 4 colors

    $358
  • Sherri Hill 50341
    Sherri Hill 50341
    (1)

    Shining Detail Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50341
    Available in 3 colors

    $280
  • La Femme 20113
    La Femme 20113

    Refined Lace High-Low Party Dress by La Femme 20113
    Available in 2 colors

    $338
  • Dave and Johnny 2316
    Dave and Johnny 2316

    High-waist two-tone dress with illusion top by Dave and Johnny 2316
    Color: Fuchsia

    $320
  • Mori Lee 98110
    Mori Lee 98110

    Sparkle and Lace Evening Gown by Mori Lee Paparazzi 98110
    Available in 2 colors

    $579
  • Tony Bowls TS11651
    Tony Bowls TS11651
    (1)

    Vibrant A-line cocktail dress by Tony Bowls TS11651
    Color: Sky Blue

    $526
  • Mac Duggal 30244C
    Mac Duggal 30244C

    Two-Piece Lipstick Print Cocktail Dress by Mac Duggal After Five 30244C
    Available in 2 colors

    $278
  • Terani P3116
    Terani P3116
    (1)

    Crystal Radiance Sweetheart Evening Dress by Terani Prom P3116
    Available in 3 colors

    $393
  • La Femme 20781
    La Femme 20781

    Airy cap-sleeved dress with appliques by La Femme Cocktail 20781
    Available in 3 colors

    $398
  • Sticks and Stones 9311
    Sticks and Stones 9311

    Strapless Sparkling Cocktail Dress by Sticks and Stones 9311
    Available in 2 colors

    $290
  • Sherri Hill 50147
    Sherri Hill 50147

    Shimmering Sweetheart Wrapped Cocktail Dress by Sherri Hill 50147
    Available in 2 colors

    $298
  • La Femme 22414
    La Femme 22414

    Strapless Beaded Watercolor Print Evening Gown by La Femme 22414
    Color: Multi

    $358
  • Tony Bowls TS11677
    Tony Bowls TS11677

    Colorful two-piece cocktail dress with keyhole by Tony Bowls TS11677
    Color: Coral

    $482
  • Mac Duggal 82095N
    Mac Duggal 82095N

    Twinkling sweetheart cocktail dress by Mac Duggal Homecoming 82095N
    Color: Turquoise

    $338
  • Panoply 14751
    Panoply 14751

    Crystal Flutter Illusion Evening Gown by Panoply 14751
    Available in 2 colors

    $450
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