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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!

  • Alyce 46529
    Alyce 46529

    Sultry Sensation Illusion Cocktail Dress by Alyce Paris 46529
    Available in 2 colors

    $318
  • Dave and Johnny 1859
    Dave and Johnny 1859
    (1)

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

    $290
  • Alyce 2566
    Alyce 2566

    Rhinestone Fantasy Cocktail Dress from Claudine by Alyce Paris 2566
    Available in 3 colors

    $558
  • Sherri Hill 50073
    Sherri Hill 50073

    Exquisite Two-Piece Lace Party Dress by Sherri Hill 50073
    Available in 2 colors

    $578
  • La Femme 20677
    La Femme 20677

    Crystal-trimmed sleeveless dress with twist by La Femme Cocktail 20677
    Available in 3 colors

    $338
  • Sherri Hill 50637
    Sherri Hill 50637
    (1)

    Vintage Beauty Floral Cocktail Dress by Sherri Hill 50637
    Color: Black/Aqua

    $450
  • Morrell Maxie 15397
    Morrell Maxie 15397

    Sassy sleeveless sundress with flared skirt by Morrell Maxie 15397
    Color: Gold

    $258
  • Mac Duggal 30240C
    Mac Duggal 30240C

    Contrast Detail and Whimsical Print Cocktail Dress by Mac Duggal After Five 30240C
    Color: Red/Multi

    $278
  • Omur Ozer 57225
    Omur Ozer 57225

    Dreamy strapless gown with texture-rich detail by Omur Ozer 57225
    Available in 2 colors

    $592
  • Sherri Hill 50645
    Sherri Hill 50645

    Playful Embroidered Two-Piece Cocktail Dress by Sherri Hill 50645
    Color: Nude/Multi

    $450
  • Mac Duggal 30121C
    Mac Duggal 30121C

    Chevron Print Beaded Cocktail Dress by Mac Duggal After Five 30121C
    Color: Ivory/Black

    $258
  • Blush 11155
    Blush 11155

    Embellished and Paisley Print Cocktail Dress by Blush 11155
    Color: Ivory/Wedgewood Blue

    $370
  • Sherri Hill 50711
    Sherri Hill 50711

    Ruffled Delight Embellished Cocktail Dress by Sherri Hill 50711
    Available in 3 colors

    $498
  • Sherri Hill 50538
    Sherri Hill 50538

    Rhinestones and Lace Detail Cocktail Dress by Sherri Hill 50538
    Available in 4 colors

    $598
  • Omur Ozer 57201
    Omur Ozer 57201

    Classic sleeveless gown with fresh embellishments by Omur Ozer 57201
    Available in 5 colors

    $348
  • Dave and Johnny 2647
    Dave and Johnny 2647
    (1)

    Trendy two-piece babydoll dress from Dave and Johnny 2647
    Color: Print

    $290
  • Ellie Wilde EW117025
    Ellie Wilde EW117025

    Asymmetric top and skirt set by Ellie Wilde EW117025
    Color: Ivory/Hot Pink

    $450
  • Madison James 17211
    Madison James 17211

    Shimmering Contrast Floral Evening Dress by Madison James 17211
    Available in 2 colors

    $378
  • Shail K 40712
    Shail K 40712

    Fun halter-style set with edgy elegance by Shail K 40712
    Available in 3 colors

    $320
  • Alyce 46520
    Alyce 46520

    Embroidered Gemstone Two-Piece Cocktail Dress by Alyce Paris 46520
    Available in 6 colors

    $258
  • Tony Bowls TS11682
    Tony Bowls TS11682

    One-of-a-kind cocktail dress with floral motif by Tony Bowls TS11682
    Color: Ivory

    $438
  • Sherri Hill 50494
    Sherri Hill 50494

    Two-Piece Glittering Cocktail Dress by Sherri Hill 50494
    Color: Gold

    $850
  • Mac Duggal 30206C
    Mac Duggal 30206C

    Jeweled and Print Cocktail Dress by Mac Duggal After Five 30206C
    Available in 2 colors

    $278   $139
  • Sherri Hill 50774
    Sherri Hill 50774

    Floral Flair Cropped Cocktail Dress by Sherri Hill 50774
    Available in 3 colors

    $480
  • Milano Formals E2059
    Milano Formals E2059

    Vibrant Sequins Cocktail Dress by Milano Formals E2059
    Color: Cobalt

    $198
  • Blush 5614
    Blush 5614

    Shining Applique Evening Gown by Blush 5614
    Available in 2 colors

    $498
  • Mori Lee 99091
    Mori Lee 99091

    Shimmering Cascade Floral Evening Dress by Mori Lee Paparazzi 99091
    Available in 2 colors

    $418
  • La Femme 23365
    La Femme 23365

    Sophisticated Shimmer Bejeweled Cocktail Dress by La Femme 23365
    Available in 2 colors

    $278
  • Ellie Wilde EW117116
    Ellie Wilde EW117116

    Sleeveless formal set with beading by Ellie Wilde EW117116
    Available in 2 colors

    $458
  • Sherri Hill 50833
    Sherri Hill 50833

    Web of Satin Princess Gown by Sherri Hill 50833
    Available in 4 colors

    $550
  • Mori Lee 99121
    Mori Lee 99121

    Effervescent Ruffled Dream Evening Gown by Mori Lee Paparazzi 99121
    Available in 2 colors

    $478
  • Ellie Wilde EW117071
    Ellie Wilde EW117071

    Strapless short formal with florals by Ellie Wilde EW117071
    Color: Baby Blue

    $338
  • Blush 7110
    Blush 7110

    Strapless Beaded Flower Detail Evening Gown by Blush 7110
    Color: Aqua/Orchid

    $700
  • Clarisse 2920
    Clarisse 2920

    Strapless Floral Applique Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 2920
    Color: Champagne/Multi

    $258
  • Blush C361
    Blush C361

    Fine Shimmer Cocktail Dress by Blush C361
    Available in 2 colors

    $390
  • Janique JA2002
    Janique JA2002

    Fair flower-printed hi-lo sweetheart gown from Janique JA2002
    Available in 3 colors

    $526
  • Terani 1625H1197
    Terani 1625H1197

    Graceful Glamour Floral Cocktail Dress by Terani Homecoming 1625H1197
    Color: Black Multi

    $176
  • Sherri Hill 50843
    Sherri Hill 50843

    Fun Floral Princess Gown by Sherri Hill 50843
    Color: Ivory/Pink

    $650
  • Terani 1712P2452
    Terani 1712P2452

    Merry mirrored accent A-line from Terani Prom 1712P2452
    Available in 2 colors

    $429
  • La Femme 24286
    La Femme 24286

    Pleat-perfect strapless evening gown with center split by La Femme 24286
    Color: Blue/Multi

    $478

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