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Sweet 16 Dresses: Long & Short

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!

  • Sherri Hill 51423
    Sherri Hill 51423

    Foldover off-shoulder fitted cocktail from Sherri Hill 51423
    Available in 5 colors

    $298
  • Colors Dress 1760
    Colors Dress 1760

    Playful Sparkles Plunging Cocktail Dress by Colors 1760
    Color: Purple

    $278
  • Sherri Hill 51271
    Sherri Hill 51271

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

    $500
  • Sherri Hill 51363
    Sherri Hill 51363

    Strappy sequined designer mini from Sherri Hill 51363
    Available in 6 colors

    $498
  • Sherri Hill 51397
    Sherri Hill 51397

    Shining strappy heartthrob babydoll from Sherri Hill 51397
    Available in 4 colors

    $480
  • Sherri Hill 51518
    Sherri Hill 51518

    Animated strapless sweetheart babydoll from Sherri Hill 51518
    Available in 5 colors

    $350
  • Sherri Hill 51447
    Sherri Hill 51447

    Galactic cap-sleeve accent ballgown from Sherri Hill 51447
    Available in 5 colors

    $598
  • Alyce 3731
    Alyce 3731

    Illuminating babydoll with embellished belt from Alyce Paris 3731
    Available in 4 colors

    $158
  • Jovani 31698
    Jovani 31698

    Graceful strapless evening gown with gossamer layers by Jovani 31698
    Color: Blush

    $770
  • Colors Dress 1512
    Colors Dress 1512

    Flirty Charm Layered Cocktail Dress by Colors 1512
    Available in 2 colors

    $278
  • Sherri Hill 51390
    Sherri Hill 51390

    Polished strapless applique babydoll from Sherri Hill 51390
    Available in 9 colors

    $398
  • Alyce 3708
    Alyce 3708

    Floral embroidered babydoll dress from Alyce Paris 3708
    Available in 2 colors

    $148
  • Jovani 45170
    Jovani 45170

    Vivacious strapless high-low formal with contrasting lining by Jovani 45170
    Color: Purple/Fuchsia

    $640
  • Lara 32946
    Lara 32946
    (1)

    Tonal Sparkling Evening Gown by Lara 32946
    Color: Blush

    $658
  • Alyce 6790
    Alyce 6790
    (1)

    Transcendent glossy sleeveless ballgown from Alyce Paris 6790
    Available in 3 colors

    $370
  • Clarisse 3215
    Clarisse 3215

    Sleek Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3215
    Available in 6 colors

    $150
  • Lara 32940
    Lara 32940
    (1)

    Textured Evening Gown by Lara 32940
    Available in 2 colors

    $738
  • Sherri Hill 51140
    Sherri Hill 51140

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

    $650
  • Alyce 3717
    Alyce 3717

    Elegant illusion embroidered halter dress from Alyce Paris 3717
    Available in 2 colors

    $138
  • Jovani 49499
    Jovani 49499

    Starlight Sensation Halter Gown by Jovani 49499
    Available in 4 colors

    $550
  • Alyce 2646
    Alyce 2646

    Ornamental two-piece halter babydoll dress from Alyce Paris 2646
    Available in 3 colors

    $178
  • Jovani 46090
    Jovani 46090

    Sheer-shrouded strapless evening gown with sashed midriff by Jovani 46090
    Available in 3 colors

    $450
  • Faviana S8066
    Faviana S8066

    Sleeveless artisan dress set with contrasting skirt by Faviana S8066
    Available in 2 colors

    $258
  • Clarisse 3313
    Clarisse 3313

    Wrapped Sweetheart Floral Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3313
    Color: Red/Black

    $170
  • Clarisse 3345
    Clarisse 3345

    Opulent Glimmer Bejeweled Princess Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3345
    Color: Navy

    $158
  • Sherri Hill 51559
    Sherri Hill 51559

    Ballerina halter accent mini from Sherri Hill 51559
    Available in 3 colors

    $350
  • MNM Couture K3493
    MNM Couture K3493

    Dream-like flowery hi-lo gown from MNM Couture K3493
    Color: Aqua

    $1,140
  • Jovani 47001
    Jovani 47001

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

    $640
  • Alyce 3697
    Alyce 3697

    Shimmering trimmed hi-lo mini from Alyce Paris 3697
    Available in 2 colors

    $148
  • Sherri Hill 51365
    Sherri Hill 51365

    Posh strapless accented babydoll from Sherri Hill 51365
    Available in 4 colors

    $550
  • Dave and Johnny A6029
    Dave and Johnny A6029

    Halter set with contrasting skirt by Dave and Johnny A6029
    Color: Red

    $276
  • Alyce 2640
    Alyce 2640

    Radiant sleeveless contrasting babydoll frock from Alyce Paris 2640
    Color: Black/Blush

    $198
  • Sherri Hill 51389
    Sherri Hill 51389

    Wrapped and beaded babydoll from Sherri Hill 51389
    Available in 3 colors

    $450
  • Clarisse 3214
    Clarisse 3214

    Glittering Beaded Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3214
    Available in 2 colors

    $230
  • Clarisse 3000
    Clarisse 3000
    (1)

    Lace-layered strapless evening gown with easy elegance by Clarisse 3000
    Available in 10 colors

    $278
  • Sherri Hill 50968
    Sherri Hill 50968
    (2)

    Asymmetrical Decadence High-Low Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50968
    Color: Light Pink

    $598
  • La Femme 23449
    La Femme 23449

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

    $598
  • Faviana 7859
    Faviana 7859

    Refined Radiance Pleated Cocktail Dress by Faviana 7859
    Available in 3 colors

    $218
  • Sherri Hill 51502
    Sherri Hill 51502

    Jazzy printed babydoll dress from Sherri Hill 51502
    Color: Red/Black

    $450
  • Alyce 3729
    Alyce 3729

    Shining structured babydoll dress from Alyce Paris 3729
    Available in 3 colors

    $158

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